Legal news for Washington D.C. government lawyers. A diplomat filed a lawsuit which alleges she was a victim of age discrimination by Clinton and the State Department.
Washington D.C. government lawyer alert-A lawsuit accuses Hilary Clinton and the State Department of age discrimination.
Washington, D.C.—A diplomat filed a lawsuit against the Secretary of State Hilary Rodham Clinton and the State Department, which accuses them of age discrimination. The lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court of the District of Columbia on Friday, September 19, 2009, as reported by the Examiner.com.
The plaintiff Elizabeth Colton, 64, claims, Clinton and the State Department violated her constitutional right to equal protection under the law by enforcing a mandatory retirement age of 65, and denying her a job at the U.S. embassy in Algeria. The lawsuit alleges Colton was offered the post of political-economic counselor in Algiers, which she accepted. The job offer was later rescinded after officials became aware that Colton would reach the mandatory retirement age for foreign service officers while more than half way through the two-year post. Colton would reportedly turn 65 just 16 months into the two-year job. The lawsuit further alleges Colton was forced to accept a lower level job to complete her political career. Apparently some long-serving foreign service officers can receive five-year waivers to extend the mandatory retirement age. The lawsuit notes numerous current U.S. diplomats, and high level special envoys like Richard Holbrooke and George Mitchell are over the age of 65.
Legal News Reporter: Nicole Howley-Legal news for government lawyers in Washington D.C.