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Ledbetter v. Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co.

Court Type: U.S. Supreme Court
Status: Closed (Judgment)
Last Update: September 19, 2006

What's at Stake

Reviewing whether a Title VII plaintiff can challenge the ongoing effects of discriminatory pay decisions that occurred prior to the statutory limitations period. DECIDED

Summary

Departing from precedent, the court of appeals in this case held that a Title VII plaintiff alleging wage discrimination can only challenge salary decisions made within 180 days of her complaint, and cannot challenge the ongoing effect of pay decisions made more than 180 days previously. Joining with a broad coalition of groups, the ACLU amicus brief argues that the lower court’s arbitrary cut-off is unjustified under Title VII and will perpetuate the persistent gender gap in wages and salary.

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