Supreme Court Limits Suits on Pay Disparity in Ledbetter v. Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co.

July 2007
Employment Law Notes
On May 29, 2007 the Supreme Court decided that employees claiming pay discrimination under federal law must file a charge within 180 or 300 days (depending on the state) with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) after each allegedly discriminatory pay decision or forever lose the claim. By a 5-4 vote, the Court affirmed an Eleventh Circuit decision that overturned a jury verdict in favor of Lilly Ledbetter on her Title VII claim of sex discrimination against Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co (Goodyear) because she failed to file her claim within 180 days of a discriminatory pay decision.