Ala. Can't Claim Sovereign Immunity In Hiring Suit: 11th Circ.

Law360, New York (March 20, 2012, 8:46 PM EDT) -- The Eleventh Circuit found on Friday that sovereign immunity does not bar the U.S. government from enforcing the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act against the Alabama Department of Mental Health after it failed to rehire a soldier when he returned from Iraq.

The appeals court upheld a lower court ruling that the ADMH must pay $25,000 to Roy Hamilton, who served in Iraq with the Alabama National Guard, after finding that the agency could not claim sovereign immunity because the suit had been brought...
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