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US Mission to UN Is Sued For Discrimination As Witness Ting Is Said to Want to Vomit or Cry

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SDNY COURTHOUSE, June 24 – Jane C. Malloy, an African-American woman, has filed a racial discrimination lawsuit against the U.S. State Department, specifically against its U.S. Mission to the United Nations. 

 On April 2, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Magistrate Judge Kevin N. Fox held a proceeding. Inner City Press, in-house press at the SDNY, covered it.

   Malloy's complaint recounts how her nomination for the Innovation in the Use of Technology Award was wrongfully not passed along to the Chief of Mission, and how they failed to promote her from the GG-12 to the GG-13 despite her solid performance reviews.  

Now the State Department's concern is a protective order so that information they produce under discovery is not available to the public.

  And on April 19, stating that US Mission to the UN staffer Harry Ting cannot be deposed - possibly justified - the request was made to file records under seal, ex parte, Attorney's Eyes Only.

On April 29, Magistrate Judge Kevin N. Fox  denied the request, at least for now: "ORDER denying without prejudice [55] Letter Motion to seal and for a conference. The instant application is not in consonance with 2A of the Court's Individual Rules of Practice, which requires a joint writing from the parties. (HEREBY ORDERED by Magistrate Judge Kevin Nathaniel Fox)."

Even if that's belatedly complied with, might it not be available under the Freedom of Information Act - something that, like First Amendment protections, the UN doesn't have and the US Mission is doing nothing about?

On June 24, Judge Fox held another proceeding, and Inner City Press still banned from the UN covered it. Now Mr. Ting of the US Mission is being described as, when he heard the plaintiff's name, saying he wanted to vomit and cry. What really went on?

  The discovery plan lists depositions with Andrea Donohue, Natoschia Scruggs, Mary Alderete, who pointed to Eric Larrondo, Heather Townsend and Jeanine Juliao and Bruce Williamson. But what about Mr. Ting?

   Inner City Press, banned from the UN since July 3, 2018, will remain on this case.

It is Malloy v. US Department of State, et al., 19-cv-6533 (Gardephe / Fox)


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