Loubriel v. Fondo del Seguro del Estado, No. 11-1555 (1st Cir. 2012)Annotate this Case
The issue in this case concerned a procedural requirement that must be satisfied in order to file suit under Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA). Pursuant to this requirement, a claimant must exhaust administrative remedies and file her Title I suit within ninety days after receiving a right-to-sue notice from the EEOC. The district court, citing this requirement, concluded that Plaintiff's Title I suit, which was filed 144 days after the EEOC sent the notice, was brought too late. To explain the delay, Plaintiff suggested that she did not receive the right-to-sue notice until nineteen days before she filed suit. The district court concluded that there is a presumption of timely receipt of a mailed notice and that Plaintiff did not furnish sufficient record evidence to rebut this presumption. The Supreme Court affirmed but on other grounds, holding that the action was time-barred, as Plaintiff had constructive notice of the ninety-day filing requirement, and yet her suit was commenced well after the expiration of that filing period.