US Security Associates

  • Security Officer Lisa Garner Speaks Out About Sexual Harassment at U.S. Security Associates

    In 2010, Lisa had worked as a security officer for 10 years at the Philadelphia Nursing Home. She loved her job protecting residents and staff -- until another security officer allegedly began to harass her repeatedly with inappropriate comments and lewd behavior. When Lisa complained to her employer, U.S. Security Associates, she realized she was taking a risk. She didn't expect it to end with losing her job this year.

     
  • Special Alert: DC Memo Points to Huge Security Gaps, Poor Training Standards at U.S. Security Associates

    An internal Government of the District of Columbia memo obtained through the Freedom of Information Act by Stand for Security reveals both huge security gaps and poor training standards at U.S. Security Associates. From July 2010 to May 2011, undercover personnel working on behalf of DC's Protective Services Police Department made several attempts to penetrate security operations run by USSA and/or its subcontractor Watkins Security, at 16 different public facilities.

     
  • U.S. Security Associates Under Media Scrutiny After Undermining Public Safety in Washington, DC

    U.S. Security Associates, the fourth largest security firm in the country, is once again under scrutiny in the Washington, D.C. media for putting the public at risk. "If you felt like there's no way anyone could ever smuggle a cellphone bomb through security at the Wilson Building, you need to reassess your feelings," writes Alan Suderman in the Washington City Paper. An internal memo recently obtained by SEIU has revealed more than a dozen different potential security breaches at D.C. government buildings, including some that are supposed to be protected by U.S. Security Associates, between July 2010 and June 2011.

     
  • U.S. Security Associates Fires Marine After He Voices Support for His Union

    U.S. Security Associates Fires Marine After He Voices Support for His Union

    Today a grateful nation honors its Veterans. But in its treatment of one New Jersey veteran, U.S. Security Associates has not. For Newark security officer Daniel Pereira, Semper Fidelis, "Always Faithful," is more than just a motto. It's a way of life. After 15 weeks of training as a United States Marine, Daniel learned the meaning of the famous Marine Corps motto along with the core values -- including justice, dependability, integrity, initiative, unselfishness, and knowledge -- that make a U.S. Marine. Then he put those values to the test in Iraq. Daniel came home after 13 months of serving his country. Like other returning service men and women, Daniel ran into a problem. What kind of job was he coming home to?

     
  • Educating the Public on U.S. Security Associates’ Dangerous Record

    Educating the Public on U.S. Security Associates’ Dangerous Record

    Officers working to raise standards with Stand For Security and local community members have been speaking out about the risks that U.S. Security Associates could present to clients, officers and the public across the country. One look at the company's record makes it clear that USSA has a lot of work to do in maximizing safety, restoring integrity and creating good jobs in our communities.

     
  • Stand For Security Educates  Facilities Managers About U.S. Security Associates at IFMA World Workplace Conference

    Stand For Security Educates Facilities Managers About U.S. Security Associates at IFMA World Workplace Conference

    This week, Stand for Security was in Phoenix for the International Facility Management Association's World Workplace Conference and Expo, the largest annual conference for facility management professionals. The conference aims to address strategies for managing facilities, which may include contracting with private security firms. Members of Stand for Security handed out information to educate conference attendees on how to go about hiring a responsible security contractor and also how to perform a background check on security firms to make sure there are no skeletons in the closet.

     
  • One Year After Landmark Sexual Harassment Suit, Still No Remedy For Sexual Harassment at USSA

    On the anniversary of a multi-million dollar lawsuit stemming from an employee's sexual harassment complaints, U.S. Security Associates seems to be content to keep sweeping their harassment issues under the rug. One year ago today, U.S. Security Associates - the fourth largest security firm in the country - was found liable by a federal jury in what one judge called "the most egregious case of sexual harassment, retaliation and tortuous conduct that has been tried in this court."

     
  • At Security Industry Conference, Stand for Security Confronts U.S. Security Associates Over Sexual Harassment and More

    At Security Industry Conference, Stand for Security Confronts U.S. Security Associates Over Sexual Harassment and More

    This week in Orlando, members of Stand for Security attended the ASIS International conference, an annual convention for the security industry featuring an exhibit hall, seminars and special events. We spoke with other attendees about U.S. Security Associates' record of sexual harassment, and delivered a letter to the company signed by the National Women's Law Center, the National Partnership for Women and Families, and SEIU.

     
  • U.S. Security Associates’ Second “Perfect Storm” of Sexual Harassment: Lisa Garner’s Story

    Lisa Garner had worked protecting the Philadelphia Nursing Home for 10 years, but after complaining about being harassed by her immediate supervisor to her employer, U.S. Security Associates, she was removed from her job. In July 2011, Lisa filed a complaint of sexual harassment and retaliation with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Lisa believes that sexual harassment is still occurring at U.S. Security Associates and will continue to speak out.

     
  • National Women’s Law Center, National Partnership for Women and Families, and SEIU Call on Nation’s Fourth-Largest Security Firm to Remedy Sexual Harassment

    As the 57th annual gathering of the American Society for Industrial Security gets underway, two prominent women's groups and the Service Employees International Union are calling on Atlanta-based U.S. Security Associates -- the nation's fourth-largest private security firm -- to adopt procedures to rid its worksites of sexual harassment.