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LEWIS v. CHICAGO

Docket No.: 08-974
Certiorari Granted: Sep 30 2009
Argued: February 22, 2010
Decided: May 24, 2010

Topics:

Civil Rights Act of 1964: Title VII, Civil Rights Act, Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title VII, disparate impact, disparate treatment

PartyNames: Arthur L. Lewis, Jr., et al. v. City of Chicago, Illinois
Petitioner: Arthur L. Lewis, Jr., et al.
Respondent: City of Chicago, Illinois

Court Below: United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
Citation: 528 F.3d 488

Arthur L. Lewis, Jr., et al.
v.
City of Chicago, Illinois
Question Presented:

Under Title VII, a plaintiff seeking to bring suit for employment discrimination must first file a charge of discrimination with the EEOC within 300 days after the unlawful employment practice occurred. Where an employer adopts an employment practice that discriminates against African Americans in violation of Title VII's disparate impact provision, must a plaintiff file an EEOC charge within 300 days after the announcement of the practice, or may a plaintiff file a charge within 300 days after the employer's use of the discriminatory practice?

Question:

When an employer adopts an employment practice that discriminates in violation of Title VII's disparate impact provision, must the plaintiff file a claim within 300 days after the announcement of the practice, or within 300 days after the employer executes the practice?

LEWIS v. CHICAGO
ORAL ARGUMENT

February 22, 2010

Holding: reversed and remanded
Vote: 9-0
Opinion By: Justice Antonin Scalia
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