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High Court Could Reshape Employment Practices

Law360 (January 15, 2008, 12:00 AM EST) -- The U.S. Supreme Court may soon decide two important issues facing public and private sector employers.

In the first case, Engquist v. Oregon Dep’t of Agriculture, Case Number 07-474, the Court has granted certiorari on the question of whether public sector employees may use the “class-of-one theory” under the U.S. Constitution’s Equal Protection Clause to challenge adverse employment actions.

In the second case, Progress Energy, Inc. v. Taylor, Case Number 07-539, the Supreme Court may agree to consider the validity of private settlements that waive employee...
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