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Some Discriminatory Acts That Occur Before the 300-Day Filing Period Are Actionable
Description Supreme Court held that discriminatory acts that occur before the 300-day filing requirement of Title VII may be actionable if they are related to acts that occurred within the 300-day period that are part of a hostile work environment.
Topic Employment Discrimination
Key Words Proceedings; Time Limitations
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Facts Morgan sued his employer for race discrimination and retaliation under Title VII. The trial court held in favor of the employer because the action was not filed within 300 days of the acts claimed. The appeals court reversed; the employer appealed to the Supreme Court.

If a plaintiff sued to recover for individual (discrete) acts of discrimination, only those acts occurring within 300 days of the date that the employee filed charges with the EEOC are actionable. However, an employee can recover for hostile work environment acts that occur more than 300 days before a charge is filed with the EEOC, so long as those acts were part of the same hostile work environment and at least one occurred within the 300-day filing period.

Citation National Railroad Passenger Corp. v. Morgan, 122 S.Ct. 2061 (2002)

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