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Employees can’t wait years to sue for intentional harm

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Sometimes, it seems as though employees spend all their time thinking up new ways to sue. At least now, courts are stopping some of the most frivolous claims by insisting employees act fast—or forget about the alleged wrongdoing.

Recent case: Micheal Casey-Beich sued her former employer, UPS, for allegedly making her clean up white powder that spilled from a package—back in July 1994. She claimed that her supervisor was responsible for the skin irritation she suffered as a result, more than 13 years later.

The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals refused to indulge the delay. It said she had just two years under Illinois law to sue. The clock started ticking when she first knew about the injury. Since she immediately got medical help, the cutoff was July 1996. (Casey-Beich v. United Parcel, No. 08-1121, 7th Cir., 2008)

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