Legal Memorandum: Dismissal of Title VII or 1981 Claims

Issue: What are the parameters for dismissing a Title VII or a 1981 Federal Civil Rights claim?

Area of Law: Constitutional Law
Keywords: Title VII or 1981 claim; Dismissal
Jurisdiction: Federal
Cited Cases: 352 F.3d 789; 544 F.2d 664
Cited Statutes: Title VII; § 1981
Date: 09/01/2008

A Title VII claim should be dismissed if a Plaintiff does not receive the receipt of a right-to-sue letter from the EEOC.  After the expiration of 180 days, a private party may sue.  E.E.O.C. v. N. Hills Passavant Hosp., 544 F.2d 664, 672 (3d Cir. 1976). 

A § 1981 claim should be dismissed if the plaintiff has not made out a prima facie case of discrimination under § 1981 (i.e. that similarly situated individuals outside the protected class were treated more favorably.)   See Sarullo v. United States Postal Serv., 352 F.3d 789, 797 (3d Cir. 2003). 


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