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EEOC Releases Fiscal Year 2016 Enforcement and Litigation Data

Posted on Wednesday January 18, 2017

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) today released detailed breakdowns for the 91,503 charges of workplace discrimination the agency received in fiscal year 2016. This is the second year in a row that the number of charges filed with EEOC has increased.

EEOC Issues Quality Practices Plan on Federal Sector Hearings, Appeals and Oversight Functions

Posted on Tuesday January 17, 2017

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) today published Federal Sector Quality Practices (FSQP) to address the quality of the agency’s hearings and appeals in federal employee employment discrimination complaints. The FSQP also devotes attention to the Commission’s role in providing oversight of federal agencies when reviewing affirmative employment and barrier analysis plans, evaluating federal agency complaint processes, and offering technical assistance to federal agencies. It is modeled on the private sector’s Quality Practices for Effective Investigations and Conciliations (QEP), created pursuant to EEOC’s Strategic Enforcement Plan.

EEOC Sues Marquez Brothers For Hispanic-Preference Hiring

Posted on Thursday January 12, 2017

Marquez Brothers International, Inc. and its affiliates violated federal law when they failed to hire non-Hispanic applicants for entry-level positions because of their race, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) charged in a lawsuit filed yesterday.

New 'Digest of EEO Law' Issued by EEOC

Posted on Wednesday January 11, 2017

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) today announced the latest edition of its federal sector Digest of Equal Employment Opportunity Law (EEO Digest), which is available online.

EEOC Seeks Public Input on Proposed Enforcement Guidance on Harassment

Posted on Tuesday January 10, 2017

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced today that it has voted to release for public input a proposed enforcement guidance addressing unlawful harassment under the federal employment discrimination laws. The proposed Enforcement Guidance on Unlawful Harassment is available for input until Feb. 9, 2017 at https://www.regulations.gov/docket?D=EEOC-2016-0009.

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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

New EEOC Equal Pay Reporting Proposal

Posted on Monday February 08, 2016

On January 29, 2016, the seventh anniversary of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced its proposed addition of pay data to currently required EEO-1 reports. The announcement has been the subject of much speculation for employers and attorneys, with many dreading an additional layer of administrative expenses for … Continue Reading

Has the Fifth Circuit Opened the Door for Potential Liability of Staffing Companies?

Posted on Wednesday August 26, 2015

In Burton v. Freescale Semiconductor Inc. and Manpower of Texas, LP, No. 14-50944, — F.3d —-, 2015 WL 4742174 (5th Cir. Aug. 10, 2015), the Fifth Circuit reversed the district court’s grant of summary judgment for two employers in a staff-leasing/joint-employer relationship. The Fifth Circuit’s New Test for Staffing Company Liability. In Burton, the Fifth … Continue Reading