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Northern District of Texas Won’t Certify Class of GM Employees Alleging Religious Accommodation Claims

The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas refused certify a class of GM employees alleging Title VII religious accommodation claims because the class was not ascertainable and plaintiffs failed to satisfy the...more

U.S Equal Employment Opportunity Commission: Recent Complaint Filings and Trends

The end of the federal government fiscal year (September 30) always produces a flurry of activity from the EEOC, and this year was no different. Of the 157 lawsuits filed by the EEOC in fiscal year 2015, approximately 62 of...more

U.S. Supreme Court Allows Disparate-Impact Claims Under Fair Housing Act

In a recent holding, the U.S. Supreme Court determined that discrimination claims under the Fair Housing Act (FHA) may be premised on "disparate impact," meaning that a plaintiff may challenge a practice even if it was not...more

EEOC Settles Background Check Litigation with BMW, But Also Faces Steep Attorneys’ Fees in Freeman Case

After several high-profile setbacks in disparate impact discrimination lawsuits challenging criminal record screening policies, the EEOC has entered into a settlement (consent decree) in one of its few remaining cases, a...more

EEOC Sues Dehaven’s Transfer & Storage, Inc. for Pregnancy Discrimination

Moving Company Fired Female Employee Because She Was Pregnant, Federal Agency Charges - DURHAM, N.C. - DeHaven's Transfer & Storage, Inc., a residential and commercial moving company, violated federal law when it fired a...more

EEOC Files Suit Against McWhite Funeral Home for Sexual Harassment and Retaliation

Owner Subjected Female Employees to Unwanted Touching, Overtures and Retaliated Against Women Who Did Not Acquiesce, Federal Agency Charges - MIAMI - A Fort Lauderdale, Fla., funeral home violated federal law by...more

EEOC Sues Nestlé Waters North America for Sex Discrimination

Female Employee Denied Promotion and Terminated Because of Her Gender, Federal Agency Charged - TAMPA, Fla. - Nestlé Waters North America (NWNA), a Stamford, Conn.-based division of Nestlé Waters, the world's largest...more

Henry's Turkey Service, Herederos Deben Entregar Casi $600,000 Debido a Trabajadores con Discapacidades

EEOC y Fiscal de los EE.UU. Intervienen con Éxito en Acuerdo que Huberia Privado de Dinero a las Víctimas de Discriminación - DALLAS - El Jefe de Jueces de Distrito de los EE.UU. Jorge A. Solís dictó una resolución el 11...more

Henry’s Turkey Service, Heirs Must Turn over Almost $600,000 Owed to Disabled Workers

EEOC and U.S. Attorney Successfully Intervene in Deal That Would Have Diverted Monies Away From Victims of Discrimination - DALLAS - U.S. District Chief Judge Jorge A. Solis issued an order on Sept. 11, 2015, to override...more

Court Allows EEOC to Join Transgender / Sex Discrimination Lawsuit against First Tower Loan

Lake Charles Location Terminated Employee Because of Transgender Status, Commission Charges - NEW ORLEANS - Mississippi-based First Tower Loan, LLC violated federal law by firing a Lake Charles, La., manager-trainee...more

QSI Business Solutions, LLC Sued By EEOC For Pregnancy Discrimination

Company Violated Federal Law by Refusing to Hire Pregnant Employee, Federal Agency Charged - ATLANTA - QSI Business Solutions, a Dalton, Georgia, staffing and temporary employment agency, violated federal law by refusing...more

EEOC Sues North Memorial for Retaliating Against Job Applicant

Federal Agency Alleges Health System Withdrew Job Offer From Employee Who Requested Religious Accommodation - MINNEAPOLIS - North Memorial Health Care, an independent health system based in Robbinsdale, Minn., violated...more

EEOC Charges Dunkin’ Donuts Franchisee With Sexual Harassment, Retaliation Against Teens

Store Manager Torments Young Female Staff and Terminated Worker Who Opposed Sexual Harassment, Federal Agency Charges - NEW YORK - A franchisee of Dunkin' Donuts with multiple stores and one office/kitchen in Westchester...more

State Appellate Court Considers Employer’s Duty to Conduct Criminal Background Checks

In the last few years, there has been a significant spike in the number of lawsuits challenging employer use of criminal background checks, including class action lawsuits brought under the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act. ...more

Court Rejects The EEOC’s Request For A Free Pass From Discovery In Pattern Or Practice Lawsuit

In an order recently issued in EEOC v J.R. Baker Farms, LLC, et al., Case No. 7:14-CV-136 (M.D. Ga. Sept. 9, 2015), Senior Judge Hugh Lawson of the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia compelled the EEOC to...more

Can Kim Davis Be Fired? What CA Employers Should Know About Religious Accommodations

Last June, the U.S. Supreme Court determined that same-sex marriages are a fundamental liberty protected by the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution – and that states must issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples....more

New York Court Conditionally Certifies Class of Entry-Level Female Sales Representatives in Collective Action Under Equal Pay Act

A New York district court magistrate judge conditionally certified a class of past and current entry-level female sales representatives of Forest Laboratories, Inc. and Forest Pharmaceuticals, Inc. under the Equal Pay Act....more

VXI Global Solutions To Pay $600,000 For Sexual Harassment Of Call Center Staff

EEOC Settlement Resolves Claims for African American and Latino Employees Who Were Targets of Constant Sexual Propositions, Graphic Pictures, & Foul Language - LOS ANGELES - VXI Global Solutions, a provider of call...more

The Employment Law Authority - July/August 2015

A federal appellate court recently reinstated a lawsuit brought by a dining services employee who claimed that she was sexually harassed by a male coworker. According to the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, a reasonable jury...more

EEOC Wins Jury Verdict of over $17 Million for Victims of Sexual Harassment and Retaliation at Moreno Farms

Florida Farm Managers Subjected Women Workers to Coerced Sex, Groping and Verbal Abuse, Then Fired Them for Objecting, Federal Agency Charged - MIAMI -- A federal jury has returned a unanimous verdict awarding a total of...more

Con Edison To Pay $3.8 Million To Resolve Sex Discrimination / Harassment Charges Filed With New York A.G. And U.S. EEOC

Class of Female Blue-Collar Workers Charged Sexual Harassment, Unequal Treatment Because of Sex - NEW YORK - Consolidated Edison Company of New York, Inc. will pay $3.8 million and furnish other relief to resolve charges...more

Blacklisting for Past Labor Violations -- Executive Order 13673

Officially known as “Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces,” Executive Order 13673 now consists of proposed guidance from the Department of Labor (DOL) and proposed regulations from the Federal Acquisition Regulatory Council (FAR). It...more

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

Tempe Restaurant Sued by EEOC for Pregnancy Discrimination

Moonshine Whiskey Bar Removed Pregnant Bartender From Her Duties, Federal Agency Charged - PHOENIX - The Moonshine Group, LLC, owners of the Moonshine Whiskey Bar in Tempe, Ariz., violated federal law by removing a...more

The Customer Can’t Always Be Right

Imagine this scenario: You’ve worked hard to build a profitable business and you’ve done it the right way. You’ve taken every step to control the things you can control about every aspect of your company. You’ve got handbook...more

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