Sunday, September 23, 2007

FMLA - state employer - immunity - self-care v. family care

Wampler v. Department of Labor & Industry - MD Pa. - September 14, 2007

A claim against against a state employer under the self-care provision of the FMLA, 29 USC sec. 2612(a)(1)(D) is barred by sovereign immunity, under the rationale of Chittester v. DCED, 226 F.3d 223 (3d Cir. 200) and Nevada DHS v. Hibbs, 538 US 721 (2003), as well as decisions from the 6th, 7th, 8th and 10th Circuits.

Unlike the family-care provision of the FMLA, 29 USC sec. 2612(a)(1)(C), the self-care provision does not inplicate gender-based stereotypes, which Congress has the power to deal with under the enforcement clause of the 14th Amendment.