Clinton sued for age discrimination!

Hillary Clinton, Oct. 1, 2009 | KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images   A 64-year-old Foreign Service officer has sued Secretary Clinton for age discrimination. Last November, the woman was offered — and accepted — a two-year position at the U.S. Embassy in Algiers, Algeria, which would have begun this past summer. Instead, the offer was rescinded when it was discovered ...

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Hillary Clinton, Oct. 1, 2009 | KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images

Hillary Clinton, Oct. 1, 2009 | KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images
 

A 64-year-old Foreign Service officer has sued Secretary Clinton for age discrimination. Last November, the woman was offered — and accepted — a two-year position at the U.S. Embassy in Algiers, Algeria, which would have begun this past summer. Instead, the offer was rescinded when it was discovered that the woman would turn 65 during the middle of her term. The mandatory retirement age for Foreign Service officers is 65.

The woman has filed an age-discrimination lawsuit against Clinton, stating that the age limit is unconstitutional and based on old-fashioned stereotypes. What’s particularly painful is that the woman didn’t join the Foreign Service until age 54 because when she wanted to join earlier, there was a ban on married women!

Clinton, who’s almost 62, will be turning 65 when she’s still secretary of state, but the mandatory retirement age doesn’t apply to political appointees. “Imagine if someone told Hillary Clinton she couldn’t be secretary of state because she would turn 65 before her term is up,” a lawyer representing the woman told the Washington Post.

If an adult is physically and mentally able to handle a position, age shouldn’t matter. I would hope Clinton agrees. As more baby boomers enter their “senior years,” my hunch is that these age barriers will come down.

Photo: KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images

Preeti Aroon was copy chief at Foreign Policy from 2009 to 2016 and was an FP assistant editor from 2007 to 2009. Twitter: @pjaroonFP

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