Court of Appeal: Sexual Harassment Claim Untimely

You have to file an administrative charge with the Department of Fair Employment and Housing within a year of the last act about which you claim is harassment, discrimination, or retaliation. So, when Irene Trovato testified at her deposition that the last time Michael Allyn harassed or retaliated against her was January 31, 2007, the charge she filed on May 8, 2008, was untimely.

In opposition to her employer's and Allyn's summary judgment motion, she submitted a declaration under penalty of perjury in which she said that the harassment continued until she left her employment in May 2007 (which would have rendered her charge timely fled). But, she contradicted her clear deposition testimony, which you cannot do.
Then, Trovato claimed the "continuing violation doctrine," which has gutted the statute of limitations in these types of cases, rendered her claim timely.  But the court of appeal said the doctrine did not apply:

 The case is Trovato v. Becton Coulter, Inc. and the opinion is here.
Trovato also argues that she still reported to Allyn after January 31, 2007, until she resigned in May 2007, and that this assignment alone—without any other evidence—was sufficient to constitute harassment or retaliation. There is no authority for this argument, and its acceptance would extend the statute of limitations indefinitely.

The conclusory statements in Trovato’s declaration are not sufficient to raise a triable issue of material fact on the statute of limitations issue, and she cannot defeat the grant of summary judgment by contradicting her sworn deposition testimony on material points in a later-filed declaration. (Shin v. Ahn (2007) 42 Cal.4th 482, 500, fn. 12; D’Amico v. Board of Medical Examiners (1974) 11 Cal.3d 1, 22; Whitmire v. Ingersoll-Rand Co. (2010) 184 Cal.App.4th 1078, 1087.)