Contact us for a FREE appointment |
561-560-7388

Supreme Court removes barrier for workplace discrimination cases

Workers experiencing discrimination in Florida need not file complaints first with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission prior to suing employers in federal court. In a rare unanimous decision from the Supreme Court of the United States, the justices ruled that the requirement in Title VII of the Civil Rights Act that compels people to complain first to the EEOC, or its equivalent state agency, did not automatically force federal courts to dismiss workplace discrimination cases that had not first sought relief through the EEOC.

Employers, however, retain the power to request that a court dismiss a case if they alert a court in a timely manner that the plaintiff did not inform the EEOC. An employer that waits too long to raise the issue could miss the chance to have a case dismissed for failure to take the problem to the EEOC.

Title VII is a federal law designed to protect employees from discrimination due to their national origin, religion, sex, color or race. When Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg wrote the Court's opinion, she explained that the requirement within Title VII was not jurisdictional over the court system.

Although the high court delivered a somewhat positive decision for people suffering from discrimination at work, a person affected by mistreatment on the job still needs to navigate complex employment laws to make a complaint. Boca Raton, Florida, workplace racial discrimination legal assistance may support a person's efforts to document unfair treatment and workplace practices to build a case. An attorney might manage complaints to a state-level agency or prepare a lawsuit to hold an employer responsible for discriminatory pay, missed promotion opportunities or a hostile work environment.

Source: National Law Review, "High Court Allows Employees To Charge Ahead", June 19, 2019

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
  • AAJ
  • ABA
  • NELA
  • PBCJA
  • BCJA
  • MMDAF
  • MMDAF
  • Super Lawyers
email us for a response

Set Up A Free Initial Consultation

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close

Privacy Policy

${site.data.firmName}${SEMFirmNameAlt}

Boca Raton Office
1675 S Military Trail
Suite 550
Boca Raton, FL 33486

Phone: 561-560-7388
Fax: 561-995-8103
Map & Directions

Boynton Beach Office
8794 Boynton Beach Blvd
Suite 221
Boynton Beach, FL 33472

Phone: 561-560-7388
Boynton Beach Law Office Map

Jupiter Office
2875 Jupiter Park Drive
Suite 800
Jupiter, FL 33458

Phone: 561-560-7388
Map & Directions

Review Us