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Court Weighs Suits By Congressional Employees

Posted Apr 25, 2007 2:00 PM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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The U.S. Supreme Court will have to sort through a tangle of issues in a case that asks whether the speech or debate clause gives immunity to members of Congress for their hiring and firing decisions, according to the Washington Post.

Brad Hanson is suing former Sen. Mark Dayton of Minnesota, saying he was wrongly fired after heart surgery. He is basing his suit on the 1995 Congressional Accountability Act which subjected Congress to 11 labor and employment laws.

In oral arguments yesterday, Justice Antonin Scalia questioned whether federal courts have jurisdiction to hear the case under the 1995 law, SCOTUSblog reports.

Another issue is whether the suit will be dismissed since Dayton left office in January, the Post says.

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