Employment Statute of Limitations

How Long Do I Have to Bring a Claim?

In the following educational legal video, Andrew P. Fleming an experienced Hamburg, NY employment attorney discusses the employment statute of limitations and how long you have to bring a claim against your employer.

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Oftentimes, when people come in to see us or contact us via a phone call – and literally hundreds of lawyers refer claims to me – the question is, “How long do I have to bring a claim?” What they’re referring to is what lawyers refer to as the employment statute of limitations. How long do you have to bring a claim? There are two different routes that those claims may take. On the federal side, the laws apply if you work for an employer with at least 15 employees. The state side also has laws that apply to discrimination and most termination type issues.

On the Federal Court side, you must first go through the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission – what’s commonly referred to as the EEOC. In New York State, an EEOC claim must be filed within 300 days. I don’t know why they chose a limit of 300 days as opposed to a year, but that’s what they did. There are two ways to bring a state claim. The first goes through the New York State Division of Human Rights, and those claims must be filed within a year. The other approach is to go straight to court.

You can’t go straight to court on the federal side, but on the state side, you have that option, and the statute of limitations for claims of racial discrimination, reverse discrimination, or gender discrimination is three years. That is the three-year statute of limitations of the New York Executive Law, otherwise known as the Human Rights Law.

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