Why Does Nevada Senate Want to Make Suing an Employer Easier?

Date: February 17, 2021

SB 107 makes you wonder what world some lawmakers are living in

CARSON CITY, Nev., Feb. 17, 2021—A committee of the Nevada Senate will give the first hearing to Senate Bill 107, tomorrow, Thursday, February 18, at 1 p.m. at the State Capitol. The proposal calls for extending the statute of limitations from two to four years to bring a case of wrongful termination.

“This bill should more truthfully be called the Sue Your Boss Act of 2021,” said Randi Thompson, Nevada state director for NFIB, the nation’s leading small-business advocacy association. “Have our legislators noticed the world around them? The federal government and other states are doing all they can to entice small businesses to reopen or stay open, but ours would just as soon have them in a courtroom spending money they don’t have defending themselves against a possibly bogus accusation.

“Let’s be clear, employees who believe they have been wrongfully fired have a whole two years to bring their grievance to light and law, so who benefits from having it extended to four years? The federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission only gives employees 180 days to file a discrimination lawsuit.”

Thompson forewarned that the cost of business liability insurance would likely rise if SB 107 passes. “This bill also makes a mockery of the concept of equal justice, purposely putting, as it does, employers at a disadvantage in terms of witnesses whose memories have faded, finding some former employees who might have moved on and can’t be found, retrieving key documents that may no longer exist or might be lost. Maybe a large corporation has a filing system that can easily enough retrieve all necessary information. A small business does not, and neither can it afford in-house legal staff.” 

Contact: Randi Thompson Nevada State Director, [email protected]
or Tony Malandra, Senior Media Manager, [email protected]

Keep up with the latest Nevada small-business news at www.nfib.com/nevada or by following NFIB on Twitter @NFIB_NV.

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For more than 77 years, NFIB has been advocating on behalf of America’s small and independent business owners, both in Washington, D.C., and in all 50 state capitals. NFIB is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, and member-driven association. Since our founding in 1943, NFIB has been exclusively dedicated to small and independent businesses and remains so today. For more information, please visit nfib.com.

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