U.S. Supreme Court rules: "Tick, tock, watch your clock": Employees must promptly file pay-discrimination suits

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Question: This week’s important U.S. Supreme Court ruling on pay discrimination resulted in a major victory for employers nationwide … and an unusually heated debate between Supreme Court justices. The 5-4 vote means employees no longer can sit on wage discrimination claims for years. They have only 180 days to file their claims with the EEOC or the claim is forever barred. Period.

Sounds like good news, right? But be aware: This ruling likely will, in the short run, lead to a spike in pay-discrimination claims as word spreads that employees cannot delay. And that’s more reason to make sure your organization isn’t vulnerable to a pay-bias complaint.

Case in Point: Lilly Ledbetter worked for Goodyear Tire and Rubber for 19 years as a manager at its Gadsden, Alabama location, earning substantially less money (15% to 40% less) than men doing the same work. Following an unwanted transfer, she retir...(register to read more)

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