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Sexual harassment is no joking matter, especially during sexual harassment prevention training. LeeAnn Flynn Hall, deputy director of legislative affairs for the National Security Agency, is suing the agency, claiming former NSA Chief of Staff Adm. Alexander Miller made inappropriate comments to her during a sexual harassment prevention class in 2004. The suit does not describe Miller’s alleged comments, which caused Hall to file an informal complaint with the NSA’s equal employment opportunity office. According to the complaint, Miller called Hall later on the day of the training to say his “jovial nature had been misinterpreted.” The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Maryland, which is representing the NSA because its headquarters is located in Fort Meade, Md., has not yet filed a response to the suit, which was filed in August in the U.S. District Court of Maryland. The suit claims Gen. Michael Hayden, the former NSA director who now heads the CIA, and other NSA officials passed Hall over for promotions because of her gender and as retaliation for her complaint against Miller. The suit seeks a promotion for Hall into the NSA Defense Intelligence Senior Executive Service, along with back pay and up to $300,000 in compensatory damages. Neither Hall nor her attorney, Diana Veilleux, could be reached for comment. Miller, who declined to comment on the suit, now works as vice president of strategic initiatives for defense contractor L-3 Titan Group.
Brendan Smith can be contacted at blsmith@alm.com.

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