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Poarch Band of Creek Indians can't be sued for firing employee


The Poarch Band of Creek Indians can't be sued for allegedly firing an older employee and replacing her with a younger one, a federal appeals court ruled on Tuesday.

Christine J. Williams worked for the Alabama tribe's health department for 21 years before she was terminated in 2014. She alleges she was replaced by an "under-qualified" 28-year-old in violation of the Age Discrimination in Employment Act.

But the law does include tribes in its definition of "employer," the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals noted. That means Congress did not abrogate the tribe's sovereignty immunity, Judge C. Lynwood Smith, Jr., wrote for the majority.


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