Legal Alert: Supreme Court Finds Firefighters' Disparate Impact Claims Timely

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In a unanimous decision issued May 24, 2010, the U.S. Supreme Court held that plaintiffs complaining of disparate impact discrimination under Title VII filed a timely charge of discrimination with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) because the charge was filed within 300 days of the employer's application of the allegedly discriminatory employment practice; the charge did not have to be filed within 300 days of the employer's adoption of the practice. See Lewis v. City of Chicago (May 24, 2010). Based on this determination, the Court held that the plaintiffs in Lewis should be permitted to proceed with their disparate impact lawsuit; however, the Court did not rule on the merits of their claims.

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