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(original post Oct 2, 2009) After being offered a post in Algiers, Foreign Service Officer Elizabeth Colton, who is a native Asheville, had the offer rescinded because she would turn 65 during the tour of duty — putting her over the mandatory retirement age.
“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 R. Bundy III, a lawyer representing Colton. [Clinton turns 65 in October 2012.]
Asheville Citizen-Times coverage: http://www.citizen-times.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20091002/COLUMNISTS/910020322/1004/ADVERTISING
Dec 24, 2009 update from Wall Street Journal: “The State Department filed its motion to dismiss a case challenging the U.S. Foreign Service’s mandatory retirement policy, arguing the age cutoff was a valid piece of Congressional decision making.” Originating source “Blog of LegalTimes: http://legaltimes.typepad.com/blt/2009/12/state-department-seeks-to-dismiss-age-discrimination-suit.html