Anchorage attorney files suit, saying discrimination cost him US Embassy job
An Anchorage attorney is suing the federal government, alleging the Justice Department and the State Department withdrew an overseas job offer because he has Type 1 diabetes.
William Taylor, an assistant U.S. attorney, alleges the departments rescinded an offer to work for the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan.
Having exhausted all administrative appeals, Taylor filed the suit in Washington D.C. on Oct. 4, saying the federal government violated the Rehabilitation Act.
He wants the courts to reinstate him to the offered post with the Rule of Law program in Kabul. Taylor also wants compensation such as back pay and attorney’s fees. He’s also asking for a jury trial.
“Mr. Taylor has lived with Type 1 diabetes for nearly thirty years,” said Boston-based attorney Hillary Schwab in a news release. “His diabetes has always been well-managed with an insulin pump and continuous blood glucose monitor. Neither the State Department nor the Department of Justice raised any concerns specific to Mr. Taylor’s diabetes and instead denied him the position in Kabul outright, simply because he has Type 1 diabetes.”
KTVA reached out to the Justice Department, but has yet to receive a response.
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