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Professor Chamallas testifies at U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee oversight hearing

June 28, 2007 | Faculty

The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law Professor Martha Chamallas testified Thursday, June 28, 2007, before the U.S. House of Representatives’ Committee of the Judiciary, Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties.

Chamallas, a leading scholar in employment law, torts, and legal issues affecting women, was called to the oversight hearing to comment on the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision in the case of Ledbetter v. Goodyear. In that case, the Court found that companies are protected from lawsuits alleging pay discrimination involving race or gender so long as an employee doesn’t file the lawsuit within 180 days of a specific event, like a boss giving a worker a smaller raise because of her sex.

Chamallas, a Robert J. Lynn Chair in Law at Moritz, was on the faculty at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law prior to joining Ohio State in 2002. Following graduation from law school, Professor Chamallas clerked for the Honorable Charles Clark of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and served as an attorney for the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of the Solicitor, Civil Rights Division.

A transcript of Chamallas’ testimony can be read at the Judiciary Committee’s web site.