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Baldwin County Welcome Center v. Brown
United States Supreme Court
466 U.S. 147, 104 S. Ct. 1723, 80 L. Ed. 2d 196 (1984)
Celinda Brown (plaintiff) filed a discrimination claim with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) against her former employer, Baldwin County Welcome Center (center) (defendant). On January 30, 1981, Brown received a right-to-sue letter from the EEOC. The right-to-sue letter stated that if Brown sought to bring a civil action against the center, she was required to commence the action within 90 days of her receipt of the letter. On March 17, 1981, Brown filed the right-to-sue letter with the district court. The right-to-sue letter did not contain a statement of the factual basis for Brown’s claim of discrimination. On June 9, 1981, Brown filed a complaint with the district court, contending that the center violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII). Brown filed the complaint 130 days after her receipt of the right-to-sue letter. The district court found that Brown failed to commence a civil action within 90 days of her receipt of the right-to-sue letter. The court of appeals reversed. The center appealed to the United States Supreme Court.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Per curiam)
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