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Justice Department Files Lawsuit Alleging that Southeastern Oklahoma State University Discriminated Against Transgender Woman

Posted on Monday March 30, 2015

The Justice Department announced today the filing of a lawsuit against Southeastern Oklahoma State University (Southeastern) and the Regional University System of Oklahoma (RUSO) for violating Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 by discriminating against a transgender employee on the basis of her sex and retaliating against her when she complained about the discrimination.

EEOC to Study Workplace Harassment

Posted on Monday March 30, 2015

Jenny R. Yang, Chair of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), today announced the membership of the EEOC Select Task Force on the Study of Harassment in the Workplace.

Shefa Wellness Center Sued by EEOC for Pregnancy Discrimination

Posted on Thursday March 26, 2015

CFS Health Management Inc., d/b/a Shefa Wellness Center, a Canton, Ga., medical practice specializing in cosmetic skin care treatments, violated federal law by firing a newly hired licensed skin care therapist shortly after learning that she was pregnant, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) charged in a lawsuit it recently filed.

Indianapolis Hampton Inn Operators Held in Contempt for Breaching EEOC Consent Decree Settling Earlier Class Race Bias Suit

Posted on Wednesday March 25, 2015

A federal judge has held that the operators of the Hampton Inn on Shadeland Avenue in Indianapolis in contempt for failing to comply with five different conditions settling the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (EEOC) class race discrimination and retaliation lawsuit against the companies, the federal agency announced today.

Hackensack Collections Firm Sued by EEOC for Pregnancy Discrimination

Posted on Monday March 23, 2015

Receivable Management, Inc., d/b/a Kramer and Associates, a debt collections firm located in Hackensack, N.J., violated federal law by rescinding its offer to promote an employee because she was pregnant, according to a lawsuit filed March 19, 2015 by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).

EEOC Seeks Public Input on Plan to Review its Significant Regulations

Posted on Wednesday March 18, 2015

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced today that it is inviting the public to provide input on its ongoing review of significant existing EEOC regulations to determine whether they should be modified, streamlined, expanded, or repealed. The review is conducted pursuant to Executive Order (EO) 13563, “Improving Regulation and Regulatory Review,” found at 76 Fed. Reg. 3821 (Jan. 21, 2011). Comments may be submitted to through April 20, 2015.

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Supreme Court Seeks Compromise on Equality Cases

Posted on Wednesday January 14, 2015

At issue was the judiciary’s role in ensuring the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission tries hard enough to use alternatives before going to court.

Vigilant Eye on Gender Pay Gap

Posted on Saturday November 15, 2014

Employers who actively manage pay equity tend to have positive ripple effects, consultants said, including more women in their senior ranks.

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Court Dismisses EEOC’s Attack on Severance Agreements, But Not on the Merits

Posted on Monday October 13, 2014

The EEOC’s lawsuit against CVS, which alleged that the company’s severance agreements were impermissibly restrictive, has been dismissed, but not for the reasons employers would have hoped. EEOC v. CVS Pharmacy, Inc., No. 1:14-cv-863 (N.D. Ill. Oct. 7, 2014). On October 7, 2014, Judge Darrah released the Court’s written opinion granting summary judgment to CVS,… Continue Reading

Thirty Years of Law in Thirty-Some Pages: The EEOC’s New Guidance on Pregnancy Discrimination

Posted on Tuesday July 22, 2014

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently issued its “Enforcement Guidance on Pregnancy Discrimination and Related Issues.” It was no minor undertaking. According to the EEOC’s Questions and Answers about the Guidance, it “updates prior guidance on this subject in light of legal developments over the past thirty years.” This Guidance comes as little surprise.… Continue Reading

EEOC’s Battle Against Employee Releases Heats Up

Posted on Monday May 19, 2014

In February, we commented on the EEOC v. CVS Pharmacy, Inc. case, where the EEOC filed a “pattern or practice” lawsuit against CVS in Illinois federal court, claiming that CVS’ employee releases discourage the filing of EEOC charges and cooperation with the EEOC in investigations.  As we previously noted, the EEOC is challenging several release… Continue Reading

Sixth Circuit Delivers Knockout to EEOC in Another Background Check Case

Posted on Tuesday April 15, 2014

The EEOC suffered a major setback on April 9th when the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed summary judgment in the highly watched background check case of EEOC v. Kaplan Higher Education Corporation, et al.  The Sixth Circuit chastised the EEOC for using a flawed methodology to try to prove that using credit checks as… Continue Reading

The EEOC Amplifies its Focus on Religious Discrimination

Posted on Tuesday March 25, 2014

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) received 3,721 charges alleging religious discrimination in fiscal year 2013.  In partial response to these charges, earlier this month, the EEOC issued new technical assistance publications addressing religious dress and grooming in the workplace under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (“Title VII”).  Given the… Continue Reading