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Antony Blinken Is Sued For Discriminating against Staff in Germany but Shifts It from SDNY

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SDNY COURTHOUSE, Sept 15 –  Antony Blinken, the US Secretary of State, has been sued for discriminating against his locally employed staff in Germany. 

  The case, filed in the U.S District Court for the Southern District of New York which Inner City Press covers daily since being ousted from the UN for uncovering corruption there, cites the Allegemeines Gleichbehandlungsgesetz, AGG, Germany's federal labor law, and says Blinken also "illegal discriminated against U.S. citizens in violation of the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (ADEA). 

 On August 29, Inner City Press called in to the US State Department briefing, at which in 2019 and 2020 it got answers, to ask questions.

But Deputy Spokesman Vendant Patel did not take Inner City Press' questions, while taking three questions from (Blinken's) Voice of America.

  Blinken is trying to get the case transferred to the District for the District of Columbia - which Inner City Press also covers.

On September 5, the US State Department's filing with the Court stated, "The Government would like to raise the issue of venue."

The plaintiff on September 6 wrote to Judge Schofield that she has family residing near the SDNY, and has established positive contact with the SDNY's NYLAG program. She questions what prejudice SDNY venue would inflict on the State Department and Blinken - who is heading to the UN General Assembly in New York this morning, from which most independent Press is banned.

On September 14 the plaintiff called in from Germany and the lawyer for Blinken and the State Department pursued the venue argument. On September 15: "venue is improper in the Southern District of New York. Pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1406, the case is TRANSFERRED to the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. The Clerk of Court is respectfully directed to close this matter and transfer the case to the District of the District of Columbia."

 The SDNY case was Ohlund v. Blinken, 22-cv-1005 (Schofield) 


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