Palmer v. Clinton (Secretary of State): In the early 1970's, Alison Palmer, a Foreign Service Officer in the State Department, claimed that she had been discriminated against in assignments and promotions because she was a woman. Eventually, her claim became the basis for a class action that alleged that females were the victims of discrimination in the hiring, promotion and assignment practices of the Foreign Service. The case, which concluded in 2009, was ultimately successful and resulted in broad reforms that led to a substantial increase in the number of female Foreign Service Officers and their promotion to the highest levels of the State Department. Palmer v. Clinton (Secretary of State), D.D.C., Civ. Nos. 76-1439, 77-2006.
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