DOJer, Fired Amid Gay Rumors, Gets Job Back

At last: Change We Can Believe In!

Remember Leslie Hagan, who last April was dismissed by Monica Goodling from the Justice Department’s Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys because she was rumored to be gay?

Well, the Obama administration has righted that wrong, giving Hagen her job back, reports NPR, which broke the original story of her dismissal.

Hagen served as the liaison between DOJ and the U.S. Attorneys’ committee on Native American affairs. In her performance evaluation, she received the highest possible ratings — “outstanding” — in each of five categories.

But Goodling, a Christian fundamentalist, heard a rumor that Hagen was gay. So it was curtains for her.

A report by the department’s inspector general last, released last year, added new details to the saga.

NPR reports on how Hagen got her job back:

Last year, the Justice Department posted Hagen’s old job again. The department conducted a national search. Applications came in from around the country. After several rounds of interviews, Hagen eventually won the job.

The paperwork makes it official as of Monday, Feb. 2. Hagen now has her old position back, but this time it’s a little different. Her contract no longer comes up for renewal every year. Now, the job is permanent.

Hagen still owes thousands of dollars in lawyers’ fees, which the Bush DOJ refused to pay (though it took a different view of Alberto Gonzales’ legal fees). But the new leadership may reverse that decision too. Here’s hoping.