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H.R.2215: Justice for Wards Cove Workers Act

About this Bill

This bill was introduced in the 113th Congress
This bill is primarily about labor and employment
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Sponsor Jim McDermott, D-Wash.
Total Cosponsors 4 (All Democrats)
Introduced May 24, 2013
Latest Major Action July 8, 2013
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Bill Summary

Justice for Wards Cove Workers Act - Amends the Civil Rights Act of 1991 to remove a provision excluding from application of the Act any disparate impact case filed before March 1, 1975, and decided after October 30, 1983. (Wards Cove Packing Co. v. Atonio, 1989, held that, in cases brought under title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the burden is on the plaintiff to prove an employer had no business necessity for a practice with discriminatory effects.) Applies the amendments made by the Civil Rights Act of 1991 to a case that is subject to the removed provision in the same way such amendments apply to any other case brought under the employment discrimination provisions of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

(Source: Congressional Research Service)

Bill Actions

Date Description
July 8, 2013 Referred to the Subcommittee on Workforce Protections.
June 14, 2013 Referred to the Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice.
May 24, 2013 Referred to House Judiciary
May 24, 2013 Referred to House Education and the Workforce