High Court Issues Boring But Important Decision on Statute of Limitations

On the heels of its recent decision on attorneys’ fees, the U.S. Supreme Court decided on May 23rd when the statute of limitations begins to run in an employment discrimination case where the employee claims “constructive discharge,” i.e., where the employer makes conditions so bad the employee feels compelled to quit.  While not a sexy decision, Green v. Brennan answered this important and difficult question by holding on a vote of 7-1 that the statute of limitations begins to run…

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High Court Issues Boring Decision on Attorneys’ Fees

On May 19th, the U.S. Supreme Court issued an unexciting if not actually boring decision on when a litigant in an employment discrimination lawsuit can be awarded its attorneys’ fees if it is the “prevailing party.”  In CRST Van Expedited, Inc. v. EEOC, the Court ruled that the employer did not have to obtain a “ruling on the merits” (that the employee or the EEOC actually had a bogus claim) in order to be awarded $4 million in attorneys’ fees.…

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