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EEOC CIVIL RIGHTS ACT POLICY 'FLAT OUT WRONG,' UNION CLAIMS IN CALIFORNIA FEDERAL COURT SUIT

 EEOC CIVIL RIGHTS ACT POLICY 'FLAT OUT WRONG,'
 UNION CLAIMS IN CALIFORNIA FEDERAL COURT SUIT
 WASHINGTON, Jan. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Charging that the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's (EEOC) policy not to apply the Civil Rights Act provisions retroactively to pending cases "is directly contrary to the plain language of the Act," the nation's largest independent federal employees union, the National Treasury Employees Union (NTEU), today sued the EEOC in a California federal court.
 "The EEOC is flat out wrong," said NTEU President Robert M. Tobias. "Its decision potentially will harm thousands of workers and clearly was not the intent of Congress when the law was enacted. We aim to show that the EEOC's flawed legal logic is just a veiled administration attempt to undermine the Civil Rights Act," Tobias said.
 The union's court complaint contends that only two provisions of the Civil Rights Act specify conditions that narrowly limit retroactive application of the law.
 "It is therefore clear from the plain language and structure of the Act," the NTEU complaint states, "that remaining portions of the statute, including the damages provisions contained in Section 102, have a retroactive effect, and apply to matters pending on the date of enactment."
 NTEU is asking the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California in San Francisco to declare the EEOC policy illegal and to order the EEOC to apply the damages provisions of the Civil Rights Act retroactively in all cases pending on the date of enactment.
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 /CONTACT: George King or Susan Holliday of the National Treasury Employees Union, 202-783-4444 or 202-508-3730; or after hours, 703-849-8737 -- King; 301-933-1474 -- Holliday/ CO: National Treasury Employees Union; Equal Employment Opportunity
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