A statute of limitation is a legally-defined deadline for the filing of a lawsuit within a certain time period after an event, where that event is the cause of said claim. The purpose of such laws is to protect a defendant who may simply have lost vital evidence necessary to refute or disprove the claim. The most common application of this law in the realm of human resources is for employee discrimination. Depending on the exact claim, the statute of limitations may be as short as 90 days or as long as four years. Other employee claims include wrongful termination and hostile work environment.
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