Two recent court decisions—one by the U.S. Supreme Court and another by a Georgia court—mean employers may soon see a spike in lawsuits brought by employees rushing to meet a 180-day deadline for filing discrimination claims.
In a 5-4 ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court handed employers a major victory: No longer will you have to worry that an employment decision you made years—even decades—earlier can come back to haunt you. The court ruled that employees who think they have been discriminated against must act within 180 days of the first alleged discriminatory act.
At issue was whether an allegedly discriminatory decision on pay made years earlier can form the basis for a continuing-violation lawsuit. Lilly Ledbetter sued Goodyear Tire & Rubber, claiming that, after working at the company for 19 years, she was making $6,000 less than the lowest-paid man doing the same work. She claimed each paycheck she received over the ye...(register to read more)