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Christiansburg Garment Co. v. EEOC

United States Supreme Court
434 U.S. 412 (1978)


In 1972, Congress amended Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII), 42 U.S. C. § 2000e et seq., to permit the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) to sue on behalf of plaintiffs in employment-discrimination suits. The amendment included plaintiffs with charges “pending” when the amendment became effective. The EEOC filed this lawsuit against Christiansburg Garment Co. (Christiansburg) (defendant) on behalf of an individual who had received the requisite right-to-sue letter two years prior. Christiansburg prevailed on summary judgment in the district court, but its request for attorney’s fees from the EEOC was denied. Christiansburg ultimately sought review by the United States Supreme Court, which was granted.

Rule of Law


Holding and Reasoning (Stewart, J.)

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