Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)


Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)


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WASHINGTON Some Women At CIA Reject Bias Settlement

The principal female CIA employees in a threatened class action suit alleging sexual discrimination have filed federal court papers asking a judge to find that a tentative settlement of nearly $1 million wrested from the spy agency last March is inadequate.

The revolt by at least nine of the 10 CIA operatives who pioneered the threatened litigation is a political setback for the CIA's top management, which had sought to put behind it the charges of rampant sexism in CIA stations overseas.

It also is an embarrassment for the women's lawyers at Steptoe & Johnson and the Washington Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs, who some of the women now claim were duped by the CIA and the Justice Department into accepting the deal.

The lawyers have responded that many of the other members of the "class" of female CIA case officers party to the dispute still support the deal.

In their statements, the women accused the government and their own attorneys of misconduct in negotiations, including misstating the size of the group of officers that deserves to share in remedial promotions or receive a part of the CIA's proposed relief of $940,000. Washington Post

***** WASHINGTON Dole Threatens To Pull Anti-Terrorism Measure

Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole, R-Kan., threatened Sunday to withdraw anti-terrorism legislation from consideration in the Senate, further escalating the bitter partisan battle over what should be in it.

Dole delivered an ultimatum to President Bill Clinton to dispose of a flurry of 67 Democratic amendments to the legislation promptly or see it put on the back burner.

If Clinton intervenes with Democrats, "we'll get it passed maybe by Tuesday," Dole said on the NBC-TV program "Meet The Press." "Otherwise, I'm going to pull it down. I'm not going to spend two weeks on this bill to satisfy every Democrat who wants to make some political points. …

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