Discrimination Lawsuits Are Back, Baby!

Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete, LLP

Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete, LLP

The EEOC has started issuing right-to-sue letters again.

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission announced this week that it had resumed issuing "right-to-sue" letters.

Issuance of the letters, which give charging parties 90 days to file lawsuits under the federal anti-discrimination laws, had been on hold since March 21 as a result of the coronavirus shutdowns. The suspension meant that people filing charges of discrimination couldn't sue their employers (that's good), but it also meant they have now had quite a bit of extra time to find lawyers and file lawsuits (that's bad).

The EEOC will issue the most-past-due letters first. According to the agency's news release, it will take six to eight weeks for all of the letters to be issued.

That means employment discrimination litigation -- which has been in suspended animation -- will be ramping back up. Hang on to your hats.


The EEOC enforces Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Equal Pay Act, and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act.

(Dear Readers: I'm sorry for the light posting this week. Duty called.)

DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this update, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

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