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Whitman v. Dept. of Transportation

Docket No.: 04-1131
Certiorari Granted: Jun 27 2005
Argued: December 5, 2005
Decided: June 5, 2006

PartyNames: WHITMAN v. DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION et al.
Petitioner: Terry L. Whitman
Respondent: Department of Transportation, et al.

Court Below: United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

Terry L. Whitman
v.
Department of Transportation, et al.
547 U.S. 512 (2006)
Question Presented:

1. Whether 5 U.S.C. 7121 (a)' s provision that the negotiated grievance procedures of a federal collective bargaining agreement be "the exclusive administrative procedures" to resolve grievances precludes an employee from seeking direct judicial redress when he would otherwise have an independent basis for judicial review of his claims. 2. Whether the Civil Service Reform Act, 5 U.S.C. 7101 et seq., precludes federal courts from granting equitable relief for constitutional claims brought by federal employees against their employer.

Question:

Does the Civil Service Reform Act prevent a federal employee from bringing suit against his employer in federal district court to challenge alleged constitutional and statutory violations?

Holding: judgment vacated and remanded
Vote: 8-0
Recused: Alito
Opinion By: Per Curiam
Read WHITMAN V. DEPT. OF TRANSPORTATION opinion (PDF)
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