Does § 1981 Provide a Private Right of Action Against State Actors? On First Impression, 7th Cir. Says No
This week’s discussion looks to a case of first impression in the Seventh Circuit: Campbell v. Forest Pres. Dist. of Cook Cnty., Ill. The issue was whether the Civil Rights Act of 1991 amended 42 U.S.C. § 1981 to permit a private right of action against state actors, thereby permitting a four-year statute of limitations, or whether, as set forth in Jett v. Dallas Indep. Sch. Dist., § 1981 claims against state actors must arise under § 1983, thereby limited to the forum state’s limitation for personal injury claims.