Judge says veterinarian who lost his job because Texas soldiers can sue the state


Washington (AP) —Wednesday Supreme Court Allowed Former state police officer suing Texas for his allegations He was kicked out of work when he returned from Iraqi military service.

Under federal law enacted in 1994 in the wake of the Gulf War, judges ruled Army veterans Le Roy Torres and strengthened employment protection for returning military personnel.

The High Court dismissed Texas’ claim of protection from such proceedings in a 5-4 vote. “Text, history, and case law show that the United States has agreed to sacrifice sovereign immunity for common defense when uniting to form a union,” said Judge Stephen Breyer. I wrote in court.

Judge Clarence Thomas, with the addition of three other conservative judges, said, “When the state ratified the Constitution, whether or not it was approved by Parliamentary war power or other Article 1 of its own. I implicitly disagreed with the private damages proceedings filed in court. ” power. “Article 1 refers to part of the Constitution that explains the power of Parliament.

Torres says he suffered lung damage because he was exposed to Open burn pit At his base in Iraq. He was dismissed as captain after spending a year in Iraq and nearly 19 years in a US military reserve.

Separately, Congress is approaching the final passage of a radical expansion of healthcare and disability interests For Iraqi and Afghan veterans exposed to jet fuel-burning open pits to dispose of tires, batteries, medical waste and other materials.

The state and Torres argued over what happened when he returned to Texas and were unable to resume his work as a state soldier due to his lung damage. He eventually resigned and later filed a proceeding. The state court of appeal dismissed it and a judge intervened.

Parliament acknowledged discrimination due to opposition to the Vietnam War and allowed military personnel who first returned in 1974 to sue the state and continue their work.

March, Court allowed the Navy Take into account the vaccination status of seafarers when deciding to deploy and narrow down lower court orders. Three judges, Samuel Alito, Neil Gorsuch, and Thomas, opposed the High Court’s order.

Judge Amy Coney Barrett joined her colleague on Wednesday’s dissenting opinion.