In a shift from its recent trend of holding states immune from federal law, the Supreme Court affirmed the right of state employees to file lawsuits relating to theAct ( ). The case involved a Nevada state worker who sought to care for his ill wife. When the state agency denied it, he sued. Nevada officials had claimed that the 11th Amendment gave states "sovereign immunity" that shields them from FMLA violations. But that argument failed because, the court said, public employees should enjoy the same as private-sector workers. (Nevada Department of Human Resources v. Hibbs, No. 01-1368)
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