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Justices Remand Title VII Legal Fees Dispute

May 26, 2016, 4:00 AM

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission may be ordered to pay an employers’ attorneys’ fees under Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act when an agency lawsuit is dismissed because the EEOC failed to satisfy its pre-suit requirements, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled (CRST Van Expedited, Inc. v. EEOC, 2016 BL 159421, U.S., 14-1375, 5/19/16).

The justices 8-0 reversed a U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit decision that a district court ruling on the merits of the underlying discrimination claims is required for an employer to be deemed a “prevailing party” able to recover its...

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