11th Circ. Finds Tribe Immune To Ex-Worker's Age Bias Suit

Law360, New York (October 19, 2016, 3:56 PM EDT) -- The Eleventh Circuit refused to revive an age discrimination suit brought by a former employee of the Poarch Band of Creek Indians’ health department, finding her arguments that the tribe is not shielded by sovereign immunity unpersuasive in a precedential ruling Tuesday.

A unanimous three-judge panel affirmed a district court’s dismissal of Christine Williams' Age Discrimination in Employment Act suit against the Alabama tribe for lack of subject matter jurisdiction on the grounds that the tribe is entitled to tribal sovereign immunity.

The panel said that there was “no evidence” that the tribe had waived its immunity to the suit, meaning the...

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