How Long Do I Have to File a Lawsuit under STAA?

If you are considering filing a lawsuit against your employer under the Surface Transportation Assistance Act (STAA), timing can be of the essence.

The statute of limitations under STAA is 180 days. A “statute of limitations” is a specified amount of time in which it is permissible to file a claim under a given statute. Different statutes have their own guidelines as to when their own statute of limitations begins to “run,” that is, when the clock starts ticking for any rights of action provided for under that statute.

STAA provides a private right of action for employees whose employers retaliated against them after they made safety-related complaints. The timing for when statute of limitations under STAA starts to toll is determined by the timing of the adverse action, rather than the timing of your initial complaint. More specifically, the clock for STAA’s 180-day statute of limitations starts ticking from the day that you first learn that you have been subject to such an adverse action.

It is therefore prudent to act with reasonable haste if you intend to bring a claim against your employer. Give us a call (952) 657-5780) if you would like a free consultation to discuss that possibility further!