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EEOC Sues Hearn-Kirkwood For Pay Discrimination and Retaliation

Posted on Thursday August 27, 2015

Gilbert Foods, LLC, d/b/a Hearn-Kirkwood, a food service distributor, violated federal law when it engaged in a longstanding pattern of sex-based pay discrimination and fired a female worker who complained about being paid less than her male counterparts despite performing equal work, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) charged in a lawsuit it announced today.

Court Awards Over Half Million Dollars Against Consol Energy/Consolidation Coal In EEOC Religious Discrimination Lawsuit

Posted on Thursday August 27, 2015

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has won a victory in federal court in Clarksburg, W.V., in its employment discrimination lawsuit against Consolidation Coal Company and its parent company CONSOL Energy, Inc., the federal agency announced today. On Jan. 15, 2015, a unanimous jury of seven decided that CONSOL Energy, Inc. and Consolidation Coal Company violated federal law when they forced a long-time employee to retire because they refused to accommodate his religious beliefs and awarded $150,000 in compensatory damages.

In June, the federal court conducted a two-day, non-jury evidentiary hearing to determine lost wages and benefits and injunctive relief, and on Aug. 21, 2015, the federal court issued an order awarding a total of $586,860 in lost wages and benefits and compensatory damages, and permanently enjoining the companies from committing similar acts in the future in violation of Title VII.

EEOC Sues Neenah Paper for Disability Discrimination

Posted on Thursday August 27, 2015

Neenah Paper, Inc., a manufacturer of various types of premium paper with a paper mill in Munsing, Mich., violated federal law by discriminating against a production worker because of his disability, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commis­sion (EEOC) charged in a lawsuit filed today.

EEO-1 Survey for 2015 Now Open

Posted on Wednesday August 26, 2015

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has completed its mailing of the 2015 EEO-1 survey notification letters, the federal agency announced today. The EEO-1 is an annual survey required to be filed by all private employers with 100 or more employees and federal government contractors or first-tier subcontractors with 50 or more employees and a contract/subcontract of $50,000 or more. The filing of the EEO-1 report is not voluntary, and is required by federal law.  The filing deadline is Sept. 30, 2015. 

EEOC Sues Loafers Lounge for Pregnancy Discrimination

Posted on Tuesday August 25, 2015

Avalona Enterprises, Inc., doing business as Loafers Lounge in Catonsville, Md., violated federal law when it fired a server because she was seven months pregnant, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) charged in a lawsuit it announced today.

Target Corporation to Pay $2.8 Million to Resolve EEOC Discrimination Finding

Posted on Monday August 24, 2015

Target Corporation, which is headquartered in Minneapolis, has agreed to pay $2.8 million to resolve a Commissioner’s charge of discrimination which was investigated in the Minneapolis Area Office of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). Based on the investigation, EEOC found reasonable cause to believe that three employment assessments formerly used by Target disproportionately screened out applicants for exempt-level professional positions based on race and sex. The tests were not sufficiently job-related and consistent with business necessity, and thus violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, EEOC found.  

National Federation of the Blind Sued for Religious Discrimination by EEOC

Posted on Friday August 21, 2015

The National Federation of the Blind, the largest organization of blind and low-vision people in the United States, violated federal law when it refused to allow an employee to observe his Sabbath and instead terminated him because of his religion, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) charged in a lawsuit it announced today.

Tempe Restaurant Sued by EEOC for Pregnancy Discrimination

Posted on Friday August 21, 2015

The Moonshine Group, LLC, owners of the Moonshine Whiskey Bar in Tempe, Ariz., violated federal law by removing a bartender from her duties after discovering she was pregnant, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) charged in a lawsuit it filed today.

NY Times EEOC News

Transgender at the C.I.A.

Posted on Monday May 11, 2015

A young officer’s experience shows how far the agency has come in its acceptance of transgender workers.

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EEOC v. Abercrombie & Fitch: When Religion and Fashion Collide

Posted on Monday June 08, 2015

On June 1, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court, in an 8-1 decision, ruled in favor of a 17-year-old practicing Muslim, Samantha Elauf, who applied for a job at retailer Abercrombie & Fitch, but was denied employment because the black headscarf she wore in connection with her religion (known as a “hijab”) did not conform to… Continue Reading

Supreme Court Refs Call Foul on EEOC, NBA Playoff Edition

Posted on Wednesday April 29, 2015

The heads of officiating at the Supreme Court called a technical foul on the EEOC for being too Cavalier about its obligation to conciliate before lacing up its Converse All-Stars and heading to court. Mach Mining v. EEOC (April 29, 2015). The need for judicial instant replay arose when a woman applied for a coal… Continue Reading

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