The D.C. Court of Appeals reversed a grant of summary judgment issued by the D.C. Superior Court in favor of the defendant in a case considering whether the D.C. Human Rights Act allows an employee to initially raise a claim of national origin discrimination on evidence of an English proficiency requirement. Considering this issue of first impression, the appeals court held that the act does allow this. The appeals court also held that timely filing a claim with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, which in turn cross-files, tolled the time for filing a private cause of action under D.C. law. The court remanded the case for further proceedings.
Esteños v. Paho/Who Federal Credit Union
D.C. Ct. App.
July 8, 2008