EEOC Finds Disability Bias In Foreign Service Hiring

Law360, New York (October 5, 2010, 6:32 PM EDT) -- A U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission judge has approved a class complaint against the U.S. Department of State for allegedly discriminating against disabled applicants for the U.S. Foreign Service.

The State Department must respond within 40 days to the decision issued Thursday by EEOC Administrative Judge Mary Elizabeth Palmer, either remedying its procedures or filing an appeal with the EEOC's Office of Federal Operations.

At the heart of the complaint is the Foreign Service’s “worldwide availability” requirement, a medical determination that requires foreign service officers be...
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