States Can Be Sued for Discriminating Against Vets

Supreme Court ruling was 5-4.

The Supreme Court ruled this past week that state agencies are not immune from private lawsuits under a federal law that protects the unemployment rights of returning veterans. The ruling will strengthen work protections for thousands of state-employed veterans returning to work after service in the Reserve or National Guard.

Justice Stephen Breyer, whose last day on the high court was Thursday, wrote the majority opinion, joined by, Justice Kagan, Justice Sotomayor, Chief Justice John Roberts, and Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

The case pitted the authority of Congress to provide for national defense against the states’ ability to decide when it gets sued. The ruling could affect thousands of active and reserve service members nationally who work for state agencies. 

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For wisdom for Congress as they vote on legislation addressing national defense.
  • For state leaders to be discerning in dealing with the employment of veterans and reservists.
  • For the Supreme Court justices to have insight into the impact their rulings will have on the nation.

Sources: CNN, Washington Examiner


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