States Not Immune To EEOC Actions: 9th Circ.

Law360, New York (May 5, 2009, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Ruling that sovereign immunity does not shield states from discrimination claims, the full panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has overruled a decision by three circuit judges in favor of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, who was sued for pay discrimination by two public employees.

The Ninth Circuit issued the en banc majority opinion Friday, ruling that the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission could take action against the governor on behalf of the two female policymaking officials — Lydia Jones and Margaret...
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