Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

The United States Equal Opportunity Commission is a federal agency created by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The EEOC is charged with enforcing anti-discrimination laws in the workplace.... more +
The United States Equal Opportunity Commission is a federal agency created by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The EEOC is charged with enforcing anti-discrimination laws in the workplace. Specifically, the Agency addresses instances where employees or applicants are discriminated against on the basis of color, race, sex, religion, national origin, disability, and/or genetic information.  less -
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Supremes Say Abercrombie Not So Hip

The U.S. Supreme Court just issued its much-awaited religious discrimination decision in EEOC v. Abercrombie & Fitch, 575 U.S. ___ (June 1, 2015) (No. 14-86). Samantha Elauf applied for a job with A&F and was denied the job...more

Staffing Company Reaches Agreement with EEOC over “Alarming” Allegations

After a four-year legal battle, a Chicago-area staffing company has reached an agreement with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) over two separate discrimination suits, alleging multiple violations of the...more

Don’t Wait Too Long: Failure to Give Timely Notice under an EPL Policy May Preclude Coverage as a Matter of Law

Two years is too long to wait before reporting an EEOC charge to your EPL carrier, according to a recent a court decision from the Western District of Virginia. A company’s employment practices liability policy defined...more

That is SO last week - June 2015 #3

Last week's historic U.S. Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage dominated the news across the country. Among its many effects, this ruling means that human resources departments will be busy revising Family and...more

Employment Law - June 2015 #2

Joint Employers Can Be Liable for Employee Misclassification in California: Why it matters - Liability under the California Labor Code extends to joint employers that are aware of a willful misclassification of an...more

EEOC Issues New Guidance Concerning Pregnancy Discrimination and Accommodations

On June 25, 2015, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission issued Enforcement Guidance on Pregnancy Discrimination and Related Issues (the Guidance). As stated on the EEOC’s website, the Guidance supersedes the EEOC’s...more

EEOC Digital Charge Processing – Pilot Program Underway

The EEOC launched a pilot program, “ACT Digital” on May 6, 2015 in the following EEOC offices: Charlotte, N.C. (that includes Greenville, S.C.; Norfolk, Va.; Raleigh, N.C.; Richmond, V.A.); and San Francisco, C.A....more

Employer’s Motive, Not Confirmed Knowledge Of Accommodation Need, Is Basis Of Religious Accommodation Violation

Federal anti-discrimination laws (“Title VII”) prohibit an employer from refusing to hire a candidate to avoid accommodating a suspected, but unconfirmed religious practice, according to a recent United States Supreme Court...more

EEOC Issues Updated Pregnancy Discrimination Guidance

Updates Reflect Recent Young v. UPS Supreme Court Decision - WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) today issued an update of its Enforcement Guidance on Pregnancy Discrimination and...more

EEOC Encouraged to Address Social Media and “But-for” Causation in Revising Guidance on Retaliation

At a meeting of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, convened to address the explosive growth of retaliation charges last week, witnesses made a variety of recommendations, including that the agency revise its...more

Zoria Farms to Pay $330,000 for Sexual Harassment, Retaliation Against Farmworkers in EEOC Suit

Dried Fruit Processor Supervisors Sexually Harassed Latina Farmworkers, Then Fired Those Who Complained, Federal Agency Charged - FRESNO - Zoria Farms, which once operated one of the largest processors of dried fruits...more

Kyklos Bearing International Will Pay $50,000 to Settle EEOC Disability Discrimination Lawsuit

Bearings Manufacturer Fired Employee With Cancer They Considered Disabled, Federal Agency Charged - CLEVELAND - Kyklos Bearing International, LLC (KBI), an Ohio bearings manufacturer, will pay $50,000 and provide...more

Questions remain following US Supreme Court's “headscarf” ruling

The Supreme Court’s recent “headscarf” decision (EEOC v. Abercrombie & Fitch, 2015 WL 2464053, 575 U.S. __ (June 1, 2015)) has received extensive attention in the media and across the Internet. The basic holding of the case...more

Noodles Asian Bistro to Pay $25,000 to Settle EEOC Pregnancy Discrimination Lawsuit

Restaurant Fired Employees Because of Pregnancy, Federal Agency Charged - MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Noodles Asian Bistro, Inc., an Asian restaurant located in Bartlett, Tenn., will pay $25,000 to settle a pregnancy...more

Background Screening Companies May Now Report Convictions Older Than Seven Years in Nevada

Under the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), background screening companies (or consumer reporting agencies) are generally prohibited from reporting certain types of derogatory information that the FCRA considers to be...more

Erie Strayer Company and Local Union Settle EEOC Disability Discrimination Case

Company Made Unlawful Medical Inquiries And Engaged In Retaliation, Federal Agency Charged - PITTSBURGH - Erie Strayer Company, a concrete product and services company, located in Erie, Penn. will pay $15,000 and...more

The Legal Risk of Recruiting “Digital Natives”

Most employers are aware that the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (ADEA) prohibits discrimination against people age 40 and older, but how age discrimination may occur in practice is sometimes more difficult to...more

Retaliation: Realities and Myths

Unlawful workplace retaliation can take several forms, and claims for retaliation arise under a number of different statutes and common law theories. Workers compensation statutes, for example, contain provisions that...more

The EEOC to Hear About Progress and Challenges at Meeting Commemorating 50th Anniversary

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) will hold a meeting on Wednesday, July 1, at 9:30 a.m. (Eastern Time), at agency headquarters, 131 M Street, N.E., Washington D.C. The meeting, entitled...more

Fenwick Employment Brief - June 2015

Employer’s Motive, Not Confirmed Knowledge Of Accommodation Need, Is Basis Of Religious Accommodation Violation - Federal anti-discrimination laws (“Title VII”) prohibit an employer from refusing to hire a candidate to...more

Julianne Bowman Named District Director of the EEOC's Chicago District Office

WASHINGTON-Julianne Bowman, a long-time attorney at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), was named district director of the agency's Chicago District Office, Chair Jenny R. Yang has announced. ...more

Background Checks? That is the Question

Has your company decided yet whether it will conduct criminal background or credit checks? If you are already using that tool as part of your job screening process, are you keeping up with legal developments in every city,...more

Federal Financial Regulatory Agencies Release Final Diversity Standards

After lengthy consideration, six federal financial regulatory agencies—the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, Federal Reserve Board of Governors, Federal Deposit Insurance...more

EEOC Sues Plasma Biological Services for Disability Discrimination

Plasma Center Fired Employee Believed To Be HIV-Positive, Federal Agency Charges - MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Plasma Biological Services, LLC and Interstate Blood Bank, Inc. d/b/a Plasma Biological Services, which own and...more

Telecommuting May Not Always Be a Reasonable Accommodation Under the ADA

An en banc panel of the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals (Court) recently upheld the trial court’s grant of summary judgment in favor of Ford Motor Company in EEOC v. Ford Motor Company, on the basis that telecommuting was not...more

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