There are times when a single legal action brought by one person can stand for something much larger. Indeed, government agencies such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission often choose to take on individual employment discrimination cases when those cases are seen as representative of a more systemic issue or pattern of discrimination.
It is rare when an employment discrimination plaintiff can file suit against an entire nation and even rarer when it is a foreign nation. But just such a lawsuit recently went to trial in Minneapolis. A Minnesota woman, who formerly worked for the Norwegian consulate in Minneapolis, alleges that the Norwegian government engaged in gender discrimination by paying her substantially less than a male colleague who held a similar job.