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When pay is issue, multiple lawsuits possible

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Here’s a warning about equal pay and the ongoing effects of past discriminatory decisions: Unless you fix the problem, an employee could file multiple lawsuits.

Recent case: In 2010, Alisa complained to the EEOC that her employer discriminated against her and paid her less because she is a black woman. She got a right-to-sue letter, but missed the 90-day deadline for filing a federal lawsuit. Soon she filed a fresh EEOC complaint, alleging that she was still paid less because of her protected characteristics.

This time, when she got the right-to-sue letter, she filed her federal lawsuit right away. Her employer argued she shouldn’t be allowed to re-litigate her claims. The court disagreed. It said any pay discrimination that occurred after the original EEOC complaint was still fair game for a lawsuit. (Simmons v. Tarrant County, No. 3:13-CV-1389, ND TX, 2014)

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