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Unformatted text preview: Will Boas Lewis v. City of Chicago The City administered a written test to firefighter job applicants in 1995. The City notified applicants of the results at the end of January 1996. Plaintiffs filed an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission charge on March 21, 1997 claiming that the test had a disparate impact on black applicants and was not a valid test of firefighting aptitude. The charge was filed more than 400 days after the plaintiffs were notified, but within 300 days of the City's beginning to hire applicants. The trial court ruled that each hiring was a fresh violation of Title VII, so the plaintiffs' suit was timely. The 7th Circuit reversed, finding that "discrimination was complete when the tests were scored" and "was discovered when the applicants learned the results." Therefore, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission charge was not filed on time. Under Title VII, a plaintiff seeking to bring suit for employment discrimination must first file a charge of discrimination with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission within 300 days after the unlawful...
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- Fall '08