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Texas AG lawyer blows whistle on hostile work environment

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An attorney in Texas Attorney Gen­­eral Greg Abbott’s office has filed a whistle-blower complaint claiming he has been forced to work in a hostile environment. Among his allegations: rampant discrimination, misuse of taxpayer dollars and falsification of hourly time sheets.

He said he complained internally, but state officials never addressed his concerns. That’s when he decided to sue. The attorney, who represents himself in the suit, filed an 866-page complaint detailing alleged abuses in the attorney general’s office.

Examples: He claims a female attorney keeps a stash of hollow-point bullets in her desk, each engraved with the name of men who have crossed her. He charges an attorney colleague of frequently working less than 40 hours a week and assigning trial preparation to underlings, only to “swoop in” to lead the litigation once the drudgery is over.

In another charge, he claims one attorney has billed the state for over $100,000 in travel expenses per year—a figure representing more than half the office’s travel budget. He estimates the alleged scheme lets the attorney pocket $4,000 to $5,000 a year in per diem payments.

Absent a settlement, this case is headed to what might become quite a juicy trial.

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