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Tuesday, August 19, 2003

7th Circuit On Board With Most Other Circuits - Employment At Will Status Sufficiently Contractual for § 1981 Claim

No surprise except for the lengthy time period before this precise question got to the 7th Circuit. Can an at will employee bring a § 1981 claim, which must be founded in contract? Yep. Walker v. Abbott Laboratories, Inc. (7th Cir. 8/18/03) [pdf]. Fellow '75 UT Law School Classmate, Circuit Judge Diane P. Wood was on the panel, although not the author.

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