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OBSOLETE ARTICLE — Supreme Court requires that “acts” of discrimination, not merely “effects”, occur within EEOC filing deadline
The case is Ledbetter v. Goodyear, decided by the US Supreme Court on May 29, 2007.
It’s hard to argue with the Supreme Court’s logic here. The law is written to prevent acts of discrimination and provides a short deadline to file EEOC charges.
However, it’s often the case that we don’t know whether we’ve been the victims of illegal discrimination until much later, when we learn some previously hidden fact. For example, maybe an employer makes everyone keep their pay secret – how would women know that men are paid more?
So this decision gives employers an even greater incentive to keep everything secret. Every piece of info has more value now, because the more the info is kept secret, then the easier it is for the employer to win discrimination cases.
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