Title VII of the Civil Rights Act
Title VII of the Civil Rights Act applies to both public and private employers that have more than 15 employees . An employee who is discriminated against in the terms or conditions of employment because of her gender may have the right to sue in court for money damages.
The statute of limitations for a Title VII case is two years, meaning that an employee has only two years after the discrimination occurs to bring their lawsuit. However, it is important to note that before suing under Title VII, an employee must first “exhaust her administrative remedies” by filing her claim with the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) within 180 days and receiving a “right to sue letter.”