Supreme Court Holds That Title VII’s Charge-Filing Requirement Is Not Jurisdictional

The Supreme Court held today in a unanimous opinion that the charge-filing requirement in Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 is not jurisdictional.  Fort Bend County, Texas v. Davis, No. 18-525 (June 3, 2019). Title VII prohibits employment dis­crimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin, as well as retaliation against those who engage in protected activity.  42 U.S.C. § 2000e–2(a)(1); § 2000e–3(a)....
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U.S. House Votes To Amend ADA's Public Accommodations Requirements

This past Thursday, the House of Representatives passed (by a vote of 225 to 192) the “ADA Education and Reform Act of 2017.”  The bill is designed predominantly to alter the procedures that must be followed concerning alleged violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) by public accommodations such as restaurants, hotels, movie theaters, and shopping malls. Since 1990, the ADA has barred public accommodations from depriving any...
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EEOC Questionnaire Reignites Firefighter’s Title VII Claims

After a heated hearing, a federal district court in Utah has ruled that a firefighter can proceed with her Title VII claims, despite failing to describe her allegations in a formal EEOC charge.  Denying the defendants’ motion to dismiss, the court held that the documents the firefighter submitted, an EEOC intake questionnaire and its addendum, were sufficient to constitute a “charge.”  Drescher v. Clinton City, 2015 BL 360177, D. Utah, No....
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