Every employment-related legal claim has a statute of limitations. In other words, there is a limitation on the amount of time that you have to file a claim. In most situations, if you do not file an employment-related legal claim within the statute of limitations, you will forever lose the ability to pursue that claim.
Statute of limitations examples:
Title VII (race, sex, etc. discrimination): file a charge of discrimination with the EEOC within 180 days.
ADEA (age discrimination): file a charge of discrimination with the EEOC within 180 days.
Americans with Disabilities Act (disability discrimination): file a charge of discrimination with the EEOC within 180 days.
Fair Credit Reporting Act (employment/credit report issues): file a Complaint in court within 2 years, or 5 years in some rare circumstances.
Fair Labor Standards Act (overtime and minimum wage violations): 2 year statute of limitations (3 years if the violation is "willful").
If you have questions about your legal claims, please reach out to the employment and consumer law attorneys at Weiner & Sand LLC.