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A veteran lawyer with the Sacramento, Calif., U.S. Attorney’s Office has filed a discrimination lawsuit against her employer, claiming her career has been railroaded because managers promote young, white men over more qualified women. Kristin Door, 49, has been with the Eastern District, which has offices in the state capital and Fresno, Calif., since 1979. In a suit filed in U.S. District Court, Door, who is white, alleges employment discrimination based on gender, age and race. The suit says women are “little more than glorified paralegals.” It discusses Door’s attempt to become civil division senior litigation counsel in 1997. Then-U.S. Attorney Paul Seave picked a white man under 40 for the job. Beyond that, “[Door] found she had been injured by . . . her nonselection for several prior promotions given to white males and/or younger white males with significantly less knowledge, skills and experience,” according to the suit. The claims aren’t limited to Door’s experiences. There are examples where other women were passed over, too. Door also claims she received smaller bonuses than men in the office. Although she does not give a dollar amount, Door asks for retroactive and future promotion and back pay. The suit also requests that the Department of Justice overhaul its employment practices and pay other identified victims of discrimination. Calls to interim U.S. Attorney John K. Vincent were referred to the office’s spokeswoman, who declined to comment. Door also refused comment, and her attorney, Oakland, Calif., solo Elaine Wallace, did not return calls. Door has held a variety of assignments and handled high-profile cases. Most recently she’s done litigation in the civil division. She defended the United States in Newdow v. United States, 02 C.D.O.S 5700, the suit by a Sacramento atheist that polarized the country this summer when the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals declared “under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance unconstitutional. Door first alleged employment discrimination in 1997. She filed the suit after the Department of Justice’s Complaint Adjudication Office dismissed her claim after an investigation. The Eastern Division employs 68 lawyers, 24 of whom are women. An office spokeswoman refused to say how many supervisors there were or how many managers were women.

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