Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Supreme Court Interprets Filing Deadline Narrowly For Title VII Pay Cases

Yesterday's U.S. Supreme Court Title VII pay discrimination decision, while involving sex discrimination, applies equally to religious discrimination claims. In Ledbetter v. Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co, Inc., (Sup. Ct., May 29, 2007), the court, in an opinion written by Justice Alito, held that the 180 day period for filing a discrimination claim with the EEOC runs from the last discriminatory act. The 180-day period in a pay discrimination case does not begin anew with each paycheck just because the check reflects the adverse impact of prior discrimination. Four justices dissented in an opinion written by Justice Ginsburg, arguing that pay disparities are different from other kinds of adverse action because they may take a long time to discover. The New York Times reports on the decision.