Employees Beware Of 180-Day Limitation

May 30, 2007 – Yesterday the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that workers seeking to sue companies for pay discrimination must do so within 180 days of the first discriminatory act, even if the discriminatory paychecks keep coming week after week.

Although the full implications of the 5-to-4 decision in Ledbetter v. Goodyear are still being explored, it is clear that victims of workplace discrimination now must be quicker to suspect, and quicker to report, alleged discrimination, or risk losing all rights to recover under federal laws.

Supreme Court Decision (http://www.supremecourtus.gov/opinions/06pdf/05-1074.pdf) (PDF)

** On January 29, 2009, President Obama signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009 into law, which nullifies this earlier Supreme Court decision.**