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Jeffrey Campolongo

High Court Weighs In on Limitations Period

Jeffrey Campolongo | June 22, 2016

Constructive discharge claims can be some of the trickiest types of claims to pursue. They are ­typically fraught with issues about if and when the resignation/termination occurred. Along those same lines, it has not always been clear when the harassment or discriminatory events leading up to the discharge can trigger the commencement of the statute of limitations.

In-House Counsel

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Young Lawyer

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