Title VII Damages Cap Based On Bias Period: 1st Circ.

Law360, New York (June 29, 2011, 8:02 PM EDT) -- The First Circuit ruled Wednesday that the time period of an employer's wrongdoing — not the year of the judgment — should be used to calculate certain damages under federal employment discrimination law, reversing a lower court ruling.

A three-judge panel found that the phrase “calendar year” in the Civil Rights Act of 1991 referred to the year of discrimination, not the year of a final award, when it comes to determining how many employees a company has — a key element of deciding the limit...
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