Friday, May 20, 2016

Case of the Day: Ashraf-Hassan v. Embassy of France, 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 60165 (D.D.C. May 6, 2016).


Plaintiff is a Pakistani-French who worked at the French Embassy in Washington D.C. During her employment, her superiors repeatedly made derogatory comments regarding Muslims (accusing her as terrorist and suggesting she should work at the Pakistani Embassy, among other things,) and briefly terminated her employment when she became pregnant.

After having found that it had jurisdiction over the French Embassy notwithstanding the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act (in a separate and earlier opinion,) the court held a bench trial and found that plaintiff established a discrimination claim under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act.


This is slightly out of this blog's scope, since the plaintiff is a French citizen albeit Pakistani-born. But how often do you see a case brought against a foreign sovereign that ends in a victory?

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