Lewis v. City of Chicago

Lewis v. City of Chicago (U.S. 2009): EJS joined over 35 civil rights organizations advocating for equality in the workplace, and signed on to an amicus brief to the United States Supreme Court in support of Petitioners, African Americans applying for city firefighting positions. Amici urged the court to reverse a Seventh Circuit decision holding that an EEOC claim must be filed within 300 days of the initial adoption of a practice that causes disparate impact. Instead, amici argued, Title VII’s plain language makes clear that an unlawful employment practice occurs each time an employer executes an employment practice that causes a disparate impact. Amici further argued that the point at which an unlawful employment practice occurs depends on the type of claim, and the statute of limitations begins to run when the disparate impact of the practice takes effect.

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