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EEOC Holds Data Dialogue Sessions with Agency Stakeholders

Posted on Friday December 14, 2018

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) held a series of “Data Dialogues” this week to introduce stakeholders to the agency’s new Office of Enterprise Data and Analytics (OEDA). Advocacy groups, employer representatives, academics, and researchers, including from non-profit organizations, participated in meetings at EEOC headquarters in Washington, D.C., to interact with OEDA’s leadership and hear about the new structure within the agency.

EECO Sues 40 Steak & Seafood for Pregnancy Discrimination

Posted on Tuesday December 11, 2018

40 Steak & Seafood, a Bismarck, N.D., restaurant, violated federal law by firing a server because she was pregnant, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) charged in a lawsuit filed yesterday.

Draper Development LLC to Pay $80,000 to Settle EEOC Sexual Harassment Suit

Posted on Tuesday December 11, 2018

Draper Development LLC, the owner-operator of over a dozen Subway franchises in the Albany and Schenectady area, will pay $80,000 and take other steps to settle a sexual harassment lawsuit brought by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the agency announced today.

The Cato Corporation Pays $3.5 Million to Settle EEOC Systemic Investigation

Posted on Monday December 10, 2018

The Cato Corporation, a leading retailer of women’s fashion and accessories, has agreed to pay $3.5 million to resolve a nationwide, systemic investigation conducted jointly out of the Chicago and Philadelphia Offices of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the federal agency announced today. The Cato Corporation, based in Charlotte, N.C., has also agreed to update its reasonable accommodation policies to ensure there is no discrimination against pregnant employees or those with disabilities.

Family Healthcare Network Settles EEOC Disability and Pregnancy Discrimination Suit for $1.75 Million

Posted on Thursday December 06, 2018

Family HealthCare Network will pay $1.75 million and furnish other relief to settle a systemic disability and pregnancy discrimination suit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the federal agency announced today. The Visalia, Calif.-based health care company operates over 20 health care sites in Tulare, Kings and Fresno Counties.

Merritt Hospitality to Pay $125,000 to Settle EEOC Lawsuit

Posted on Thursday November 29, 2018

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced today the settlement of a disability discrimination lawsuit against Merritt Hospitality, LLC and HEI Hotels and Resorts, LLC, which have agreed to pay $125,000 and provide other injunctive relief. This settlement was approved by the U.S. District Court of Southern California.

Murex Petroleum Corp. to Pay $50,000 to Settle EEOC Racial Harassment Lawsuit

Posted on Wednesday November 21, 2018

A Texas-based oil and gas company operating in Tioga, N.D., will pay $50,000 and furnish other relief to settle a racial harassment lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the federal agency announced today. The EEOC’s lawsuit charged that Murex Petroleum Corp. violated federal law when it subjected an African-American employee to a hostile work environment based on his race.

Alameda In-Home Senior Care Provider Settles EEOC Harassment Case

Posted on Monday November 19, 2018

Senior care provider R. MacArthur Corp. (RMC) will pay $340,000 in damages for five former employees and its successor, San Oak Caring Hands LLC, will implement measures to prevent future harassment to settle a racial and sexual harassment lawsuit, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced today.

EEOC Issues FY 2018 Performance Report

Posted on Thursday November 15, 2018

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) reported significant increases in its outreach efforts and enforcement actions to prevent and remedy unlawful employment discrimination during fiscal year 2018, which ended Sept. 30. The EEOC detailed its accomplishments in its annual Performance and Accountability Report published on Nov. 15.

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The Power of Supreme Court Choices

Posted on Thursday December 06, 2018

A combative approach from George H.W. Bush put Clarence Thomas on the court and and has been embraced by Mitch McConnell and other Republicans.

Feeling Left Out at an Extremely Chummy Workplace

Posted on Friday July 27, 2018

A woman doesn’t want her male colleagues to touch her at work, yet their constant “bro contact” with one another makes her feel almost left out. How should she deal with it?

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State Court Asked to ‘Weigh In’ on Whether Obesity Constitutes an Impairment Under Anti-Discrimination Law

Posted on Tuesday October 16, 2018

On Sept. 17, 2018, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals certified to the Washington Supreme Court the question of whether obesity qualifies as an “impairment” and thus a “disability” under the state’s anti-discrimination law. The case, titled Casey Taylor, et al. v. Burlington Northern Railroad Holdings Inc., et al., Case No. 16-35205 (9th Cir. Sept....… Continue Reading

Lessons Learned From the EEOC’s First Parental Leave Lawsuit

Posted on Monday August 20, 2018

In the U.S., many employers’ parental-leave programs prioritize birth mothers and offer limited benefits to fathers, adoptive parents, foster parents and LGBT parents. In 2015, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued Enforcement Guidance for Pregnancy Discrimination and Related Issues, which includes parental leave policies. However, not all employers have followed this guidance. Consequently, just...… Continue Reading

EEOC Issues New Enforcement Guidance On National Origin Discrimination

Posted on Thursday December 01, 2016

On Nov. 21, 2016, the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued updated enforcement guidance on national origin discrimination for the first time in 14 years. Some may speculate whether this has anything to do with increased ethnic tensions in the wake of the presidential campaign and election results. Some also recognize that in...… Continue Reading

Drawing the Line on Leave Policies for Employees With Disabilities

Posted on Thursday August 04, 2016

Within the past three months, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has secured nearly $9 million from companies that have committed violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) by discriminating against and firing employees with disabilities who requested medical leave or exhausted their allotted medical leave to address those disabilities. For example, on...… Continue Reading