Springfield Tp. Sch. Dist. v. Knoll,
471 U.S. 288 (1985)

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Springfield Tp. Sch. Dist. v. Knoll, 471 U.S. 288 (1985)

Springfield Township School District v. Knoll

No. 82-1889

Argued January 14, 1985

Decided April 17, 1985

471 U.S. 288


Respondent filed suit in Federal District Court on April 21, 1981, under 42 U.S.C. § 1983, alleging that petitioner School District, in August, 1979, May, 1980, and December, 1980, had discriminated against her on the basis of sex in failing to promote her to an administrative position. The court dismissed the 1983 claim because it was not brought within the 6-month limitations period under the Pennsylvania statute applicable to actions against a government official for acts done in the execution of his office. The Court of Appeals reversed, holding that the 6-year "residuary" provision of the Pennsylvania limitations scheme was applicable.

Held: The Court of Appeals' judgment is vacated, and the case is remanded for further consideration in the light of the decision in Wilson v. Garcia, ante p. 471 U. S. 261, that all § 1983 claims should be characterized for statute of limitations purposes as actions to recover damages for injuries to the person.

699 F.2d 137, vacated and remanded.

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