WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court declined Monday to hear an appeal of a lower court ruling dismissing civil rights complaints against Venture Stores Inc. brought by three former employees.
Without comment, the High Court let stand a decision by the Seventh Circuit against three former Venture Store workers. The original case was filed Feb. 24, 1994, by three African-American Illinois women whose jobs in a Chicago Venture store were terminated in early 1992 by the O’Fallon, Mo.-based chain. The original suit asserted that Venture’s action was discriminatory on the basis of race and violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1994. Title VII pertains to equal employment opportunity.
The initial suit was dismissed by the district court on the grounds that the former workers failed to file suit within 90 days after the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission informed them of their right to sue. The three then filed a motion to amend their complaint to add several new counts, but the court denied the motion. They appealed to the Seventh Circuit, which affirmed the District Court’s ruling.
The case was brought to the Supreme Court in 1995.