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Oscar Mayer and Co. v. Evans

441 U.S. 750, 99 S. Ct. 2066, 60 L. Ed. 2d 609 (1979)

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Oscar Mayer and Co. v. Evans

United States Supreme Court

441 U.S. 750, 99 S. Ct. 2066, 60 L. Ed. 2d 609 (1979)

Facts

Joseph Evans (plaintiff) was employed by Oscar Mayer and Company (Oscar Mayer) (defendant) for 23 years until his involuntary retirement. Evans was forced to retire from Oscar Mayer because of his age. Subsequently, Evans filed a notice of intent to sue with the United States Department of Labor (department), alleging that Oscar Mayer violated the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (ADEA). Evans asked the department whether he was required to file an age-discrimination complaint with the Iowa State Civil Rights Commission (state commission). The department informed Evans that filing this complaint was not required by the ADEA. Thus, Evans did not file an age-discrimination complaint with the state commission. Moreover, the state statute of limitations for filing an age-discrimination complaint had expired. Later, Evans brought a federal suit against Oscar Mayer under the ADEA. Oscar Mayer filed a motion to dismiss, contending that Evans was required to file a complaint with the state commission before bringing the federal suit. The district court denied the motion, and the court of appeals affirmed. Oscar Mayer appealed to the United States Supreme Court.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Brennan, J.)

Concurrence/Dissent (Stevens, J.)

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