Category Archives: Government Employees

Fifth Circuit to Decide Scope of the National Security Exemption Under Title VII

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 contains a national security exemption, which prohibits any discrimination claim based on the denial or revocation of a security clearance.  The rationale for this exemption is that the federal agencies should not be required to defend the basis for security classification decisions in court.  The Supreme… Read More »

First Court of Appeals: Sovereign Immunity Does Not Bar a Suit for Breach of a Severance Agreement with a Government Unit

Guy Rankin was the CEO of the Harris County Housing Authority.  He had a written employment contract with the Authority.  In 2012, the Authority agreed to buy out his contract.  Rankin and the Authority entered into a new contract providing for a one-time severance payment.  The Authority did not make the severance payment, and Rankin… Read More »