Employment Labor and Benefits Advisory: U.S. Supreme Court Limits Employees' Ability to Challenge the Discriminatory Effects of Pay Decisions


In a win for employers, the United States Supreme Court has strictly construed and applied the statutory time limit for filing a claim for wage discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, holding that an employee must file his or her claim within the statute-of-limitations period for each separate pay decision. Thus, employees cannot challenge the ongoing effect of pay decisions made outside that period because the later effects of past discrimination do not restart the clock for filing a charge of discrimination.

Please see this Mintz Levin Advisory for an overview of the Court's decision in Ledbetter v. Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., S. Ct., No. 05-1074 (May 29, 2007).

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