Dabney: I don't know his motives other than I just think he's sick to be honest.
Dabney lodged multiple Equal Employment Opportunity claims and complained to the Inspector General and Office of Special Counsel. For example, she alleged that on the road, she was forced to urinate in view of her male colleagues, that they got opportunities she was denied, and that a supervisor once sat and bounced on her neck when she was bent over. She says the offenders were sometimes disciplined, but not fired, and the bullying got worse. In early 2011, Dabney attended a firefighter training conference where phone numbers were given out on a list.
"In the middle of the night, I get a phone call," she said.
Dabney saved the recorded message:
"Alicia, it's me. So what you doin', baby girl? My (expletive) is half-stacked, I'm ready to go (ha ha). I'm in a room 203 (ha ha). I'm totally ready to (expletive) hang out, baby girl. Just give me a call back. I hope you're all wet like I am, baby girl."
"You could hear a ton of guys laughing in the background, so it's some type of 'ha ha ha.' I don't know. It's not like this guy liked me and wanted to hang out with me. He was trying to humiliate me, of course," she said.
Michael McCray experienced the culture at USDA, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, firsthand.