LOS ANGELES (LALATE) – Erika Bonilla (photos below) is a Latin cantante from New Mexico. She was also a FBI field officer in Albuquerque, N.M., since 2002. But today, Bonilla confirmed to news that she filed a lawsuit against the FBI on June 18 for alleged harassment and discrimination. The Latin singer claims co-workers didn’t like her because she is a singer and beautiful.
In her lawsuit, Erika Bonilla claims that her supervisors were “jealous of her appearance and Latin singing career.” Her lawsuit names both the FBI, Attorney General Eric Holder and the Department of Justice.
Charles Miller, a spokesman for the Department of Justice, has declined comment about the matter. Holder has yet to comment about the matter either.
The lawsuit claims that supervisors allowed co-workers to allegedly gossip. Bonilla claims the workplace gossip said that she got her job because of her looks. Bonilla asserts that her co-workers allegedly “would not train [her] or work with her in a non-hostile manner, and they also spread malicious gossip in the office” that she “only obtained her position because of her appearance”.
Bonilla also claims that the alleged conduct got even worse. She claims that one employee allegedly “falsely stated that the reason the position was given to [Bonilla] was because [she] had …. relations with executive management in the Albuquerque Office.”
The suit asserts that she was drilled excessively during an investigation about whether she had relations with executive management to get advancement in the FBI.
The suit also claims that she was the victim of gossip about her singing career as well. She claims that employees allegedly said she wasn’t paying taxing on signing income she was making.
She claims, however, that her performance on the job improved, and her valuations even got better, despite what she had to endure. She claims there were “no negative remarks whatsoever as to Ms. Bonilla’s performance in May 2009″ and that “from 2008 to 2009, her critical elements rating got better.”
She points to one evaluation which found she had “developed good rapport with her supervisor, and consistently provides prompt, professional responses to questions and concerns.” The suit adds “She was also discriminated against because she is a Hispanic female who received the position she had over Maria Grossetete, and because several coworkers were jealous of her appearance and Latin singing career”. Rather the “Agency knew that Ms. Bonilla was in fact being harassed and retaliated against,” so Bonilla claims. “The damage was done as to Ms. Bonilla and the agency did nothing to rectify what happened.”