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Achiote Restaurant Sued by EEOC for Sexual Harassment and Retaliation

Young, Male Mexican-American Workers Were Sexually Harassed by Restaurant Manager, Federal Agency Charges - SAN DIEGO, Calif. - A San Ysidro, Calif., restaurant which serves Mexican food just north of the U.S.-Mexico...more

Yuma-Area Health Center to Pay $50,000 to Settle EEOC Retaliation Lawsuit

Regional Center for Border Health Fired Employee Because She Complained About Sexual Harassment, Federal Agency Charges - PHOENIX - The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ("EEOC") today announced the settlement...more

Caitlyn on the track: Athletics, Title IX, and the transgender community

In our previous post, we discussed emerging federal policy regarding the application of federal anti-discrimination laws to the transgender community. We focused, in particular, on the “Statement of Interest” filed earlier...more

EEOC Finds Sexual Orientation Discrimination Prohibited by Title VII

In a landmark ruling, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) held that an employee alleging discrimination based on sexual orientation states a viable claim under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The...more

The EEOC Rules That Existing Federal Law Prohibits Employment Discrimination Based On Sexual Orientation

In a landmark ruling on July 15, 2015 in _____ [name of charging party kept secret] v. Foxx, EEOC Appeal No. 2012-24738–FAA-03 (July 15, 2015), the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC’) held for the first time...more

EEOC Rules Discrimination Based on Employee's Sexual Orientation Is Sex Discrimination Under Title VII

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC or Commission) has issued a potentially groundbreaking decision finding that discrimination based on "sexual orientation" can be brought under Title VII of the Civil...more

Big Data & Employer Recordkeeping Requirements

Last week, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission sued a janitorial and facilities management company for its failure to keep adequate recruitment records. The EEOC alleges that the company used “criminal history...more

A Review of the Supreme Court’s 2014 - 2015 Term

During the United States Supreme Court’s 2014-2015 term, the Court departed from the pro-business reputation it had developed in labor and employment cases. This term, employees prevailed more often than not, including in...more

Dollar General Pays $32,500 to Settle EEOC Race Discrimination Suit

Employee Denied Promotion Because of Race, Federal Agency Charged - JACKSON, Miss. - Dollar General Corporation will pay $32,500 and furnish other relief to settle a race discrimination lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal...more

Sometimes You Just Cannot Make This Stuff Up

Warning: The following is true. Some readers may find the content disturbing. Reader discretion is advised. We have previously stated, although in somewhat tongue-in-cheek fashion, that labor and employment is the “TMZ”...more

Tools for Preventing and Addressing Discrimination in the Workplace

Combatting the five most common forms of workplace discrimination. Workplace discrimination, in any form, can poison company culture, stifle innovation and depress morale. But the harmful effects go much further. It can spell...more

The Supreme Court Weighs The Constitutionality Of Restricting Marriage To Opposite Sex Couples, And The Impact Their Decision May...

Background - Today, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral argument on two questions regarding the Constitutionality of state laws limiting marriage to opposite-sex couples. In 2013, the Supreme Court side-stepped the issue...more

EEOC Signs National Memorandum of Understanding with Philippine Foreign Affairs Department

Agreement Will Strengthen Collaboration Aimed at Educating Immigrant Workers on Their Rights Under U.S. Anti-Discrimination Laws - WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the...more

5 Elements You Should Look for in an Effective Harassment and Discrimination Training Program

Do your employees know your policies? Are you absolutely sure they understand how they can treat – and how they cannot treat – their fellow employees? Well according to some new research, it’s more critical than ever that you...more

EEOC Settlement Reminds Employers That GINA Prohibits Requesting Family Medical History

?While the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 (GINA) has proven to be the least-litigated of the federal anti-discrimination laws, a recent settlement obtained by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission...more

Beverage Distributors Ordered to Pay About $200K and Hire Sight-Impaired Employee in EEOC Disability Discrimination Suit

Jury Found Company Violated Federal Law by Shunning Legally Blind Applicant - DENVER - In a disability lawsuit brought by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), a federal court in Denver has ordered...more

EEOC's Philadelphia District Office and Mexican Consulate Sign Historic Outreach Agreement

Agreement Establishes Ongoing Collaborative Relationship Between the Two Entities - PHILADELPIA- The Philadelphia District Office of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) entered into a Memorandum of...more

EEOC Sues Mountaire Farms for Retaliation

Poultry Processing Company Fired Employee for Complaining About National Origin Discrimination, Federal Agency Charges - RALEIGH, N.C. - Mountaire Farms, Inc., doing business as Mountaire Farms of North Carolina Corp.,...more

Maryland Federal District Court's Dismissal of EEOC v. Freeman Provides Guidance for Employers on Background Check Rules

As we’ve blogged about before, the EEOC has become more aggressive over the past few years in scrutinizing employer use of criminal background and credit checks. While federal anti-discrimination laws do not expressly...more

EEOC’s Dallas District Signs Historic Agreement with Mexican Consulate

DALLAS - The Dallas District Office of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Consulate General of Mexico on Aug. 26 in Dallas. The agreement creates a...more

International Employment Law Review: August 2013 - Issue 4: Recent Employment Law Developments in the United States

U.S. Supreme Court Decisions - Court Limits Definition of “Supervisor” Under Federal Anti-Discrimination Law - In Vance v. Ball State University (June 24, 2013), in a 5-4 decision, a majority of the Supreme...more

EEOC Strategic Enforcement Plan

As the first quarter of 2013 has come to a close, employers have begun to notice the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (EEOC) efforts at increased enforcement in line with its Strategic Enforcement Plan (SEP). ...more

Joe-Ryan Enterprises to Pay $15,000 to Settle EEOC Sexual Harassment Lawsuit

Company Subjected Female Employee to Sexual Harassment, Resulting in Intolerable Work Environment Forcing Her to Resign, Federal Agency Charged - BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -Joe-Ryan Enterprises, Inc., a trucking company located...more

EEOC Hears Testimony Concerning Employer Wellness Programs and the Need for Agency Clarification

Leslie Silverman, former EEOC Commissioner, now Co-Chair of Proskauer’s Government Regulatory and Contract Compliance Group, was part of a panel that testified before the EEOC today concerning the need for clearer guidance...more

EEOC Sues Olympia Construction

Black Employees Racially Harassed by Project Superintendent and Fired When They Complained and Sought Help From EEOC, Agency Charges - SELMA, Ala. - Olympia Construction, Inc. violated federal anti-discrimination laws...more

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