Legal Alert: Election of Remedies Provision Does not Violate Title VII


Creating a split among the federal appeals courts, the Second Circuit recently held that including an election of remedies provision in a collective bargaining agreement (CBA) is not unlawful retaliation in violation of Title VII. See Richardson v. Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities (July 7, 2008). The clause at issue in this case provided that disputes over unlawful discrimination would be subject to the CBA?s grievance procedure but would not be arbitrable if the employee filed a discrimination charge with the Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities (CHRO) (the state civil rights agency, who was also the employer in this case).

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