11th Circuit Dismisses Age Discrimination Suit

October 24, 2016

Sovereign immunity protects Indian tribes from age discrimination lawsuits, the 11th Circuit ruled. In its ruling on Tuesday, a three-judge panel held a lower court properly dismissed a lawsuit filed by a former employee of the Poarch Band of Creek Indians accusing the tribe of discrimination under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967.

The suit, on appeal from the federal court in Mobile, Alabama, involved a longtime employee of the tribe’s health department who claimed she was fired without cause and replaced by a much younger woman. You can read the ruling here.

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