No Security Clearance, But Clearance To Sue

Law360, New York (May 3, 2011, 10:41 AM EDT) -- The Ninth Circuit recently allowed a federal government contractor's employee to proceed with a discrimination lawsuit after he was denied a security clearance and then fired.

In Zeinali v. Raytheon Company,[1] the plaintiff was an engineer of Iranian descent. The engineer position into which he was hired required a "secret" level security clearance by the U.S. Department of Defense. This requirement was well-documented in the job description and other company documents.

After being hired, Zeinali was denied the requested clearance. He requested and was denied "interim"...
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