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Long-past lost training can’t make a lawsuit—for now

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Employees who long ago were denied training opportunities because of their race can’t wait decades to sue their employers for later lost promotion opportunities, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals had ruled.

Recent case: George Jackson, who is black, was turned down for several promotions because he didn’t have the training the jobs required. Jackson said he lacked those qualifications because his employer had denied the training to him because of his race.

He sued, but the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals said he had waited too long to complain about the underlying denied training. Therefore he couldn’t revive those claims every time he was denied a promotion. (Jackson v. City of Chicago, No. 07-3772, 7th Cir., 2009)

Final note: This case is similar to the Ledbetter case, now overturned by federal law. It may be appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court, so stay tuned.

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