Lawyers for Elizabeth Colton filed suit on Friday, Sep 18 in US district court for the District of Columbia alleging that Clinton and the state department violated her rights by enforcing a mandatory retirement age and denying her a job at the US embassy, Algeria.
Colton, 64, said that court documents showed that she was the top choice for the two-year post as political-economic counselor.
However, her offer letter was taken back when officials realized she would reach the retirement age of 65 for foreign service officers after only 16 months on the job.
Instead she was provided another post far below her expectations.
“Imagine if someone told Hillary Clinton she couldn"t be secretary of state because she would turn 65 before her term is up," said Thomas Bundy III, one of Colton"s attorneys.