NEW YORK - An American woman filed a federal lawsuit against the Pakistani Consulate General in Chicago, claiming she was removed from her position as secretary because she was not Pakistani, according to a report in The Chicago-Sun Times.

Kimberly Maxwell was hired by the consulate in January 2014 to perform clerical tasks and general office work, but on Feb 13, 2015, she was informed that her employment would be terminated because she was not Pakistani, the newspaper said, citing the suit.

The suit, which states that Maxwell is black, claims the motivating reason for her termination was because “she was not of Pakistani descent.”

When asked for comments, a spokesman for the Pakistani consulate said that Ms Maxwell was served a notice according to the terms of her contract with the consulate that allows both parties to terminate the employment subject to giving one month's notice.

According to the Times, Ms Maxwell filed a charge of discrimination against the defendants on April 28, 2015, with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Illinois Department of Human Rights. She was then given the right to sue about two weeks later, according to the lawsuit.

The suit claims the defendants have no immunity to the jurisdiction for the violations based on its commercial activity of hiring and employing American citizens to perform secretarial tasks and general office work.

The two-count suit seeks a jury trial and more than $2 million in damages, according to the paper.