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Arlington National Cemetery controversy includes hostile work environment and discrimination complaints

At a Senate subcommittee panel investigating the scandal at Arlington National Cemetery in July, Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill said that as many as 6,600 graves at Arlington could be unmarked or mislabeled because managers didn’t do their job properly.

Salon.com reports that “Top cemetery officials funneled somewhere between $5 million and $20 million to a small group of contractors over the past decade to do the work, but got little or nothing in return.”

According to FederalTimes.com, an Army inspector general investigation “found that rank-and-file employees, who handle an average of 27 funerals daily, were burdened by ‘dysfunctional management, lack of established policy and procedures, and an overall unhealthy organizational climate.'”

Much of the blame for the poor management at Arlington National Cemetery has been placed with former Superintendent John Metzler and Deputy Superintendent Thurman Higginbotham, who could also face criminal charges for his involvement with the failed project to computerize the cemetary’s records.

Higginbotham and his deputy, Phyllis White, are the subject of an EEOC hostile work environment and discrimination complaint that was filed by Gina Gray, a former Arlington public affairs officer.

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