Effort to Extend Statute of Limitations on Pay-Bias Lawsuits Fails in Congress

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Federal anti-discrimination law gives employees either 180 or 300 days (depending on the state they live in) from the time of an alleged unlawful practice to file an employment discrimination claim with the EEOC. A recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling solidified these limits. (Ledbetter v. Goodyear Tire)

A bill pushed by Democrats this year would have changed the 180/300 days statute of limitation in pay-discrimination cases in a more employee-friendly way. Specifically, the legislation would have allowed employees to bring any pay-discrimination claim within 180 days of their most recent paycheck. The resulting impact: Employees would be able to sue for decades-old perceived slights in their pay.

Business groups opposed the bill. Last month, the Senate voted not to proceed on the legislation, which likely kills the proposal for 2008. But look for employee-advocacy groups to raise the issue again next year.


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