“Supreme Court Holds Timeline for Filing Charges of Discrimination Begins from Time of the Discriminatory Pay Decision”

In its 5-4 decision in Ledbetter v. Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., No. 05-1974, 2007 WL 1528298 (May 29, 2007), the United States Supreme Court affirmed an Eleventh Circuit decision that the subsequent effects of past discrimination do not restart the clock for filing a charge of discrimination with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”). Specifically, the Supreme Court held that where a female employee’s pay was lower than that of her male counterparts, the discriminatory act occurred at the time her pay was set and the subsequent paychecks were not, in and of themselves, discriminatory acts.

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