People who work for the federal government are protected, as are other employees, from discrimination in the workplace. But, depending on where they live and work, federal employees have faced a circuitous path to a court where they might pursue their claims. On Monday, the Supreme Court said there is a simple route to court, and it chastised the federal government for trying to complicate it. “It would be hard,” Justice Elena Kagan wrote for a unanimous Court, “to dream up a more round-about way” of setting up judicial review of federal discrimination cases than the one laid out by the government.
In fact, the Court was so put off by the government proposal that, after reciting it, Kagan wrote: “If you need to take a deep breath after all that, you’re not alone.” Choosing an uncomplicated route, the Court said that such cases should go to a federal district court after passing through agency review, and not to the specialized Federal Circuit Court. The ruling came in the case of Kloeckner v. Solis, docket 11-184. [Cont'd]
Read the case here [pdf].