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Windmill Farms Nurseries to Pay $40,000 to Settle EEOC Sexual Harassment Lawsuit and Retaliation

Posted on Monday March 02, 2015

Windmill Farms Nurseries, Inc., a plant material wholesaler and nursery located in Zolfo Springs, Fla., will pay $40,000 and furnish other relief to settle a sexual harass­ment lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the agency announced today. The EEOC charged the company with subjecting a female employee, Sheila Aguilar, to sexual harassment and retaliation by her immediate supervisor, crew leader Alvaro DeSantiago.

EEOC Sues S&B Industry for Disability Discrimination

Posted on Thursday February 26, 2015

S&B Industry, Inc., a Fort Worth cellphone repair facility, violated federal law by denying employment to two hearing-impaired applicants because of their disability, the U.S. Equal Employ­ment Opportunity Commission charged in a lawsuit it filed today. The EEOC’s suit also alleged that S&B Industry violated the law by denying the two applicants a reasonable accommodation during the application process.

Disability Services Company Sued by EEOC for Discriminating Against Disabled Employees

Posted on Thursday February 26, 2015

ValleyLife, a disability support services company, unlawfully discriminated against disabled employees by refusing to provide them with reasonable accommodations in violation of federal law, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) charged in a lawsuit filed today in the United States District Court for the District of Arizona. ValleyLife is an Arizona corporation which provides programs and support services for individuals with disabilities in the greater Phoenix metropolitan area.

Oficina de la EEOC del Distrito de Atlanta Renueva Arreglo con el Consulado Mexicano

Posted on Tuesday February 24, 2015

La Oficina del Distrito de Atlanta de la Comisión Para la Igualdad de Oportunidades en el Empleo (EEOC) y el Consulado General de México en Atlanta renovaron su Memorando de Entendimiento (MOU) hoy. La Directora de la Oficina del Distrito de Atlanta de la EEOC, Bernice Williams-Kimbrough y el Cónsul General Ricardo Cámara Sánchez, firmaron el acuerdo.

EEOC Atlanta District Office Renews Agreement with Mexican Consulate in Atlanta

Posted on Tuesday February 24, 2015

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) Atlanta District Office and the Consulate General of Mexico in Atlanta renewed its Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) today. The Director of the EEOC Atlanta District Office, Bernice Williams-Kimbrough, and Consul General Ricardo Camara Sanchez, signed the agreement.

GE Oil & Gas to Pay EEOC $5,300 for Contempt in EEOC Subpoena Enforcement Action

Posted on Thursday February 19, 2015

A federal judge has ordered GE Oil & Gas, Inc., a subsidiary of General Electric Corporation, to pay $5,300 as a sanction for contempt of court in an age and race discrimination case brought by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the federal agency announced today.

Wal-Mart to Pay $150,000 to Settle EEOC Age and Disability Discrimination Suit

Posted on Thursday February 19, 2015

Wal-Mart Stores of Texas, L.L.C. (Wal-Mart) has agreed to pay $150,000 and provide other significant relief to settle an age and disability discrimination lawsuit brought by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the agency announced today. The EEOC charged in its suit that Wal-Mart discriminated against the manager of the Keller, Texas Walmart store by subjecting him to harassment, discriminatory treatment, and discharge because of his age. The EEOC also charged that Wal-Mart refused to provide a reasonable accommodation for the man’s disability as federal law requires.

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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, [&hellip… 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. [&hellip… 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 [&hellip… 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 [&hellip… 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 [&hellip… Continue Reading