Supreme Court Considers Medical Leave Lawsuit
The high court heard oral arguments Wednesday in the case that will determine how the federal Family and Medical Leave Act applies to state government workers.
The Hill: Democrats Urge High Court To Uphold State Workers' Right To Sue Over Medical Leave
Two high-ranking Democrats involved in the drafting of the 1993 Family and Medical Leave Act are urging the Supreme Court not to strike down state workers' ability to sue under the law. The high court heard oral arguments Wednesday in a case brought by a former Maryland state court worker who said he was fired in 2007 after taking 10 days off to treat hypertension and diabetes. The law requires certain employers to allow workers to take up to 12 unpaid weeks off per year to deal for qualified medical and family issues (Pecquet, 1/11).
The Associated Press: Supreme Court Wrestles With Medical Leave Case
The Supreme Court wrestled Wednesday with how a federal law that grants workers time off for family and medical reasons applies to state government workers in a case that could affect millions of them. The case argued before the high court was brought by a Maryland state employee who says he was wrongly fired for trying to take a 10-day medical leave to deal with hypertension and diabetes. But Daniel Coleman's damage suit against state officials for a reported $1.1 million was thrown out (Gresko, 1/11).