The Alito Court: Women Need To Sue Right Away All The Time
Posted on Tue May 29, 2007 at 02:14:48 PM EST
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Via AdamB, another reason why Justice Alito is a disastrous addition to the Court (surely O'Connor would not have voted with the majority in this case.) Today in a 5-4 decision, Ledbetter v. Goodyear, Alito writng for the Court, wrote:
Ledbetter’s arguments here—that the paychecks that she received during the charging period and the 1998 raise denial each violated Title VII and triggered a new EEOC charging period—cannot be reconciled with Evans, Ricks, Lorance, and Morgan. . . . ©urrent effects alone cannot breathe life into prior, uncharged discrimination; as we held in Evans, such effects in themselves have “no present legal consequences.” 431 U. S., at 558. Ledbetter should have filed an EEOC charge within 180 days after each allegedly discriminatory pay decision was made and communicated to her. She did not do so, and the paychecks that were issued to her during the 180 days prior to the filing of her EEOC charge do not provide a basis for overcoming that prior failure.
Sounds reasonable? Not really, but if you think so you should not after reading Justice Ginsberg's dissent:
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