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Federal Employers’ Liability Act, Employers’ Liability Cases, and Labor

  My Country – Federal Employers’ Liability Act On April 22, 1908, Congress passed the Federal Employers’ Liability Act, which governed the liability of interstate railroads. Under FELA, railroad workers who are not covered by regular workers’ compensation laws were able to sue companies for their injury claims. Why Was This Necessary? Justice Douglas recounts a story about a butcher …