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Time limits for employment lawsuits

On Behalf of | Jun 26, 2023 | Employment Law

Filing a charge against your employer in Tennessee involves certain responsibilities. One of them is making sure that you include enough evidence to make your charge viable. You must also ensure that you file your claim in a timely manner. The sooner you do so, the sooner the relevant authorities can be notified. Action on your claim can then begin.

Employment lawsuit time limits

Employment law lays out a very strict statute of limitations when it comes to filing charges against your employer. For example, if you are the subject of discrimination, you have 180 calendar days from the time that you allege that the offense took place. This may be extended to 300 days if a local or state agency enforces laws that prohibit discrimination on this basis.

The rules may change if the claim involves charges of age discrimination. In this case, the filing is only extended to 300 days if there is a law in place that prohibits this type of discrimination. There must also be an agency that enforces this law. It is not extended if there is only a local law to prohibit it.

Timely filing

EEOC filing timelines govern the length of time that you have to bring any kind of charge against your employer. However, it is always best to file your claim as soon as you are able to. There are strict conditions that the EEOC observes when it comes to your allotted filing time.

The deadline will generally not be extended while you perform such tasks as attempting to resolve your dispute through union intervention or arbitration. This does not mean that you should not attempt such negotiations. You should do so after your claim has been filed.

Weekends and holidays are included in the tabulation. However, if the deadline falls on a holiday or weekend, the final deadline will fall on the following business day.