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Employment Discrimination Cases Before High Court Could Alter Significantly Workplace Relations

Employment Discrimination Cases Before High Court Could Alter Significantly Workplace Relations
  • October 31, 2001

A number of employment cases are on the slate for the Supreme Court's 2001 - 2002 term which concludes next June. Among them are a pair of cases involving questions under Americans with Disabilities Act, specifically: 1) does an individual fall within the Act's protection if an impairment prevents that person from performing a particular job, as opposed to a class of job-related activities, and, 2) must an employer make a reasonable accommodation if that accommodation violates an existing bona fide seniority system.

Other cases pending before the Court involve: 1) whether Title VII's statute of limitations bars a claim based on a theory of a "continuing violation" of protected rights; 2) the validity of a procedure to correct technical defects or omissions in discrimination charges before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission; and, 3) several procedural issues in age discrimination litigation. The Court also will decide whether an employer in violation of the National Labor Relations Act must give back pay to an undocumented alien illegally working in the U.S.

More information is available on the U. S. Supreme Court web site, at

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