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This June, the U.S. Supreme Court decided a technical, but important case interpreting Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The case–National Railroad Passenger Corp. (Amtrak) v. Morgan- was a victory for victims of sexual and other forms of harassment, but a loss for victims of other forms of illegal workplace discrimination. The issue was whether incidents of discrimination that occurred outside the statute of limitations could nevertheless form the basis for a suit pursuant to the “continuing violations” doctrine. The answer from the Court, in a decision authored by Justice Clarence Thomas, was “Yes and no.”

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