I know a lady who brought and won an EEO suit against a supervisor for racial/sexual discrimination in a federal agency. The lady was sidelined and isolated, the perp sent to another office and later promoted twice.
This travesty occurred with people dealing security matters and at the managerial level.
The feds, and other major bureaucratic entities, sometimes apparently would rather fail at their supposed mission than accept embarrassment.
No wonder people like Newell survive and get well past their level of incompetence and venality.
Loyalty to petrified opinions never yet broke a chain or freed a human soul in this world — and never will.
— Mark Twain