Ex-FBI agent in Kansas files sexual harassment lawsuit

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -A former FBI agent in Kansas City contends in a lawsuit that she was sexually harassed by another agent and then punished when she reported it.

The Kansas City Star reports the former agent, Julie Meriano, says she contacted Kansas City police abou the male agent’s behavior, which included creating a fake profile on a dating website with her picture and spreading damaging rumors about her.

The lawsuit says the harassment eventually caused Merinao to take an extended medical leave. She alleges FBI management reprimanded her and told her not to talk about the situation, even to police.

She says a few months after she filed a filed a discrimination complaint with the agency, she was fired.

A spokeswoman for the FBI in Kansas City said Friday the agency won’t comment on pending litigation.

Information from: The Kansas City Star