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Ledbetter Ruling Clarifies Even As It Sparks Dissent

Law360 (July 31, 2007, 12:00 AM EDT) -- In a significant employment law decision from its recently concluded term, the U.S. Supreme Court clarified when an employee can bring a claim of pay discrimination against his or her employer.

In Ledbetter v. Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., Inc., 550 U.S. ___, 127 S.Ct. 2162 (2007), a divided Court ruled that “current effects” of past discriminatory pay decisions “cannot breathe life into prior, uncharged discrimination,” and thus discriminatory pay claims based on past acts of discrimination outside the statute of limitations do not restart the...
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