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Justrite Manufacturing Company to Pay $418,000

TO SETTLE EEOC CLASS INVESTIGATION EEOC Found Employer Discriminated and Retaliated Against Disabled Employees - CHICAGO - Justrite Manufacturing Company, a Mattoon, Ill.-based manufacturer of storage, handling and...more

Legitimate Business Reasons Support Termination, Despite Employee's Recent Complaints of Discrimination

Employers often feel forced to walk on eggshells around employees who have made informal or formal complaints of discrimination, and often go so far as excusing otherwise inappropriate conduct for fear of a retaliation claim...more

Brookdale Senior Living Communities Sued by EEOC for Disability Discrimination and Retaliation

Employer Refused to Accommodate and Fired Former Health & Wellness Director, Federal Agency Says - DENVER - Brookdale Senior Living Communities, Inc., a Delaware corporation based in Brentwood, Tenn., violated the...more

EEOC Roundup: June 2014

Employment is heavily regulated in the U.S., where it is illegal to discriminate against a job applicant or an employee because of the person's race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, age (40 or...more

EEOC Sues Erie Strayer Company for Disability Discrimination

Erie Equipment Supplier Made Unlawful Medical Inquiries and Engaged in Retaliation, Federal Agency Charges - PITTSBURGH - The Erie Strayer Company, an Erie-Pa.-based construction equipment supplier, violated federal...more

EEOC Roundup

Employment is heavily regulated in the U.S., where it is illegal to discriminate against a job applicant or an employee because of the person's race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, age (40 or...more

Direct Optical to Pay $53,000 to Settle Disability Discrimination Suit

Farmington Hills Optical Store Fired Employee Because of Request for Service Dog, Federal Agency Charged - DETROIT - Direct Optical, Inc., an optical store in Farmington Hills, Mich., will pay $53,000 and furnish other...more

Court: Regular Attendance Is an Essential Job Function

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliance can be challenging, as employers attempt to decipher whether a specific situation falls under the definitions of the law, such as when they must provide accommodations to an...more

Making Your Termination Decision Count (Don’t Sleep on This One…)

The success or failure of an employer’s defenses in employment litigation often turns on what motivated a termination decision. My consistently subpar performance or my complaint about harassment? My taking of leave or...more

EEOC Sues Nick's Restaurant for Disability Discrimination, Sexual Harassment, Retaliation

Restaurant/Sports Bar Revoked a Reasonable Accommodation for a Disabled Server and Fired Her After She Complained, Federal Agency Charges - HOUSTON - PNS Investments, Inc. operating as Nick's Restaurant and Sports Bar,...more

Don't let medical absences cloud your judgment

In late January, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals issued a decision in Smothers v. Solvay Chemicals Inc. (No. 12-8013, 10th Cir. Jan. 22, 2014) that emphasized the importance of conducting a proper investigation and...more

Last Call! Third Circuit Court Of Appeals Rules That Employer Can Terminate Employee For Violating Strict No Alcohol Return To...

The Third Circuit Court of Appeals recently issued a decision holding that an employer's termination of an employee for violating a very broad and restrictive return to work agreement (RWA), which prohibited the employee from...more

Annual Labor & Employment Update 2013 [Video]

BB&K labor and employment law attorneys hosted a webinar focusing on new legislation and case law impacting California employers - private and public. Topics included: - New Legislation Public and Private Employers -...more

Did An Employer Inflate Its Worker’s Performance Deficiencies as a Pretext for Disability Bias? Mass. Court Says Maybe

On November 4, 2013, in Akerson v. Pritzker, No. 12-10240-PBS, the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts rejected the race discrimination and Equal Pay Act claims brought by a former employee of the U.S....more

Direct Optical Sued by EEOC for Disability Discrimination, Retaliation

Optical Store Denied Employee's Request to Bring Her Service Dog to Work, Then Fired Her in Retaliation, Federal Agency Charged - DETROIT - The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) filed suit today...more

EEOC Sues Upper Chesapeake Health System for Disability Discrimination and Retaliation

Health Care System Fired a Pulmonary Function Technologist After She Requested an Accommodation and Filed a Discrimination Charge, Federal Agency Charges - BALTIMORE - Upper Chesapeake Health System, a leading health...more

Georgia Council for the Hearing-impaired Sued by EEOC for Retaliation

Federal Agency Alleges Organization Breached Mediation Agreement; Retaliated Against Employee for Filing Charge - ATLANTA - The Georgia Council for the Hearing-Impaired, a nonprofit agency that provides services for...more

Fenwick Employment Brief - September 2013: Findings that Employee Violated Company Policies were not an Admission of Legal...

In Oliver v. Microsoft Corp., a federal district court in California ruled that Microsoft’s internal determination that the plaintiff’s supervisor violated the company’s discrimination and retaliation policies was not an...more

Tridev Hospitality Sued by EEOC For Retaliation at Raleigh Rodeway Inn

Employee Fired for Complaining About Service Animal Issue, Federal Agency Charges - RALEIGH, N.C. - Tridev Hospitality, Inc., a hotel operator, violated federal law when it retaliated against a disabled employee by...more

Supreme Court Makes Defending Title VII Cases Easier For Employers; Decides To Review Noel Canning, Will Rule On NLRB Recess...

On June 24, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court issued opinions in two cases which are clear victories for employers. First, in Vance v. Ball State University, the Supreme Court held that “an employer may be vicariously liable for...more

EDSI to Pay $70,000 to Settle EEOC Pregnancy & Disability Discrimination Suit

Company Fired Pregnant Worker & Her Husband for Reporting Discrimination - LAS VEGAS-Engineering Documentation Systems, Inc. (EDSI) agreed to pay $70,000 and to implement anti-discrimination measures to settle a ...more

EEOC Sues Wal-Mart for Sexual Harassment, Retaliation and Disability Discrimination

Developmentally Disabled Walmart Employee in Akron Store Fired for Complaining About Sexual Touching, Federal Agency Charges - CLEVELAND - Wal-Mart Stores East, L.P. violated federal law by allowing a male employee...more

Store Manager’s Disability And Harassment Claims Were Properly Dismissed

Cynthia Lawler alleged disability discrimination, harassment, retaliation and intentional infliction of emotional distress (“IIED”) associated with the termination of her employment. The district court granted summary...more

EEOC Sues Florida Construction Security Services for Disability Discrimination and Retaliation

Company Fired Employee for Not Wearing Prosthetic Arm, Federal Agency Charged - MIAMI - A Florida full-service asset protection security firm violated federal law by firing an employee because of his disability, a...more

D.O.E. Technologies and doeLegal Will Pay $130,000 to Settle EEOC Disability Discrimination Lawsuit

Hard-of-Hearing Employee Fired for Requesting Accommodations, Federal Agency Charged - WILMINGTON, Del. - D.O.E. Technologies, Inc. and a related company, doeLegal, LLC will pay $130,000 and furnish other relief to...more

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