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Federal Express Corporation v. Holowecki

Docket No.: 06-1322
Certiorari Granted: Jun 4 2007
Argued: November 6, 2007
Decided: February 27, 2008

Topic:

Age Discrimination in Employme

PartyNames: FEDERAL EXPRESS CORP. v. HOLOWECKI ET AL.
Petitioner: Federal Express Corporation
Respondent: Paul Holowecki, et al.

Court Below: United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

Federal Express Corporation
v.
Paul Holowecki, et al.
552 U.S. 389 (2008)
Question Presented:

Whether the Second Circuit erred in concluding, contrary to the law of several other circuits and implicating an issue this Court has examined but not yet decided, that an "intake questionnaire" submitted to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ("EEOC") may suffice for the charge of discrimination that must be submitted pursuant to the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, 29 U.S.C. ยง 621 et seq. ("ADEA"), even in the absence of evidence that the EEOC treated the form as a charge or the employee submitting the questionnaire reasonably believed it constituted a charge.

Question:

Does an intake questionnaire submitted to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission qualify as the charge of discrimination required by the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, even if the EEOC did not treat the questionnaire as a charge?

Holding: affirmed
Vote: 7-2
Opinion By:
Read FEDERAL EXPRESS CORPORATION V. HOLOWECKI opinion (PDF)
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