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Court says state can’t be sued over sick leave

The Supreme Court says a state can’t be sued under the Family and Medical Leave Act for refusing to give an employee time off to recover from an illness, the Associated Press reports.

The high court on today refused to let Daniel Coleman sue the Maryland state Court of Appeals for firing him after he asked for sick leave.

Coleman asked for leave in 2007 to recover from an illness. His request was denied and he was fired. He sued under the Family and Medical Leave Act, but his lawsuit was thrown out, with the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals saying states could not be sued under the FMLA.

The high court agreed. But four justices dissented, including Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who in an unusual move read her dissent aloud in court.

Explaining the Supreme Court ruling on corporations having no privacy right

Those of us who've already read the full 15-page opinion by the Supreme Court on the AT&T argument that corporations have some level of “personal privacy,” will want to look elsewhere for something to do.

For others who wonder how the court could have established two different ideas — that corporations (in the Citizens United ruling from 2010) have a right of free speech and that they don't have a personal level of privacy (in the March 1 ruling, FCC vs. AT&T) — should spend some time with a good legal blog.

Let us recommend the down-the-middle blog views of Its entry from today gives a quick overview of the facts. Nicer yet, the blog post links to about a dozen helpful sources with additional comments on the case.

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