Gov't Not Immune From Back Pay Interest: 9th Circ.

Law360, New York (March 1, 2011, 11:09 PM EST) -- The Ninth Circuit on Tuesday ruled that federal employees who win bias claims against the U.S. government can get interest on their back pay.

A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit said the Back Pay Act of 1966 waives the government's sovereign immunity on paying interest when it loses employment discrimination cases.

The decision, which overturned a district court ruling, squares the Ninth Circuit with previous rulings made by the Fourth, Tenth and D.C. Circuits.

The ruling stems from long-running...
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