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Case: Federal Express Corp. v. Holowecki, Paul, et al.
Subject(s): Employment discrimination, EEOC, intake questionnaires
Appealed from: 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals (March 8, 2006)

Docket No: 06-1322
Decision Rendered: No
Decision: None

Question(s) presented: Whether employees can proceed with age discrimination lawsuits without completing the exact paperwork required by statute.

Holding of appellate court: Paul Holowecki and other employees of Federal Express sued the corporation for age discrimination under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA). A district court judge dismissed the complaint on the ground that none of the plaintiffs had met the time limits and filing requirements of the ADEA. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit reversed, allowing Holowecki's suit to go forward. The Second Circuit ruled that the minimal written information required for a charge was contained in the intake questionnaire. The questionnaire also met the ADEA's implicit requirement that the charge be intended to start the process of an ADEA suit.

Date of Oral Arguments Your Prediction Your Prediction by Justice Update
Affirm Reverse Vacate Justice Affirm Reverse Vacate
Nov 06, 2007 Alito
Breyer
Ginsburg
Kennedy
Roberts
Scalia
Souter
Stevens
Thomas