Friday, September 14, 2007
Interesting article in next week's National Law Journal: End the Inequity, by Vivian Berger (Columbia):
House and Senate committees are considering the Civil Rights Tax Relief Act of 2007. The CRTRA would remedy anomalies in the treatment of damages obtained by employment discrimination victims and other civil rights plaintiffs, which disadvantage them by comparison with victims of physically injurious torts. A section of an earlier version, enacted in 2004, went part way toward rejecting this harsh approach by ending taxation of attorney fees to both the lawyer and the client. Congress should finish the job this session. Passage of the two remaining provisions — one dealing with noneconomic, the other with economic harm — would aid both workers and defendant companies while striking a blow for tax equity.