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Editor's Note :

This week the blog will publish a multi-part online symposium on United States v. Texas, a challenge by Texas and twenty-five states to the Obama administration's deferred-action policy for immigration. Contributions to this special feature, as well as an “explainer” by this blog's Lyle Denniston, are available here.

Lovland v. Employers Mutual Casualty Company

Petition for certiorari denied on October 1, 2012
Docket No. Op. Below Argument Opinion Vote Author Term
12-118 8th Cir. N/A N/A N/A N/A OT 2012

Issue: Whether, when an employee takes leave protected under the Family and Medical Leave Act, 29 U.S.C. §§ 2601 et seq. (FMLA), and the employer later uses the employee’s FMLA-protected absences as a negative factor in an employment decision, the employer’s conduct establishes impermissible interference with the employee’s FMLA rights without any further proof of intent (as the Third and Ninth Circuits, following a regulation issued by the Secretary of Labor, have held), or the employee must prove that the employer’s proffered reasons for the adverse decision were a pretext for discrimination under the burden-shifting analysis set forth in McDonnell Douglas Corp. v. Green, as several other circuits have held.

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