Return to Table of Contents
Last revision: April 10, 1992
§1614.409 Civil action: Equal Pay Act.
A complainant is authorized under section 16(b) of the Fair Labor
Standards Act (29 U.S.C. 216(b)) to file a civil action in a court of
competent jurisdiction within two years or, if the violation is
willful, three years of the date of the alleged violation of the Equal
Pay Act regardless of whether he or she pursued any administrative
complaint processing. Recovery of back wages is limited to two years
prior to the date of filing suit, or to three years if the violation
is deemed willful; liquidated damages in an equal amount may also be
awarded. The filing of a complaint or appeal under this part shall
not toll the time for filing a civil action.