Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Severance Agreements

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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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Labor & Employment E-Note

In This Issue: - High Court to Hear Case on Pregnancy Accommodations - Supreme Court Says Some Employees Don't Have to Pay Union Fees - Recent Decision Leaves Questions About Religion in Hiring Process - NLRB...more

Employment Flash (June 2014)

In This Issue: - NLRB Recess Appointments Unconstitutional - SEC Brings First-Ever Employment Retaliation Claim - EEOC Challenges Employer Severance Agreements - New York State Transportation Industry...more

EEOC Puts Severance Agreements In Its Crosshairs

It may be time to reassess what are widely considered to be standard provisions in your severance agreements. One of the EEOC’s latest initiatives is to target fairly routine provisions in severance agreements, including...more

Hiring & Firing: What Does a Successful Separation Agreement Between Employer & Employee Look Like?

In light of recent lawsuits by the EEOC against companies with overly broad or misleading severance agreements, we asked our contributors: What exactly is a successful separation agreement between employer and employee?...more

Is Your Standard Severance Agreement Subject to Challenge by the EEOC?

Many employers have a standard severance agreement that they routinely use with minor modification when terminating an employee either as part of a reduction-in-force or for performance or other reasons. Obviously, the major...more

Severance Agreements Under Attack by the EEOC

Two recent lawsuits filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) underscore the federal agency’s intent to continue, and even expand, its attack on severance agreements. Generally, a severance agreement offers...more

The EEOC Takes Aim, Once Again, at Employers’ Separation Agreements

On April 30, 2014, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed suit against a private college, charging for the second time in two months that an employer’s severance agreement was unlawful. The EEOC alleged that...more

Can An Employee Accept A Severance Payment And Still File A Discrimination Claim?

According to the EEOC, the answer to that question is not only “Yes,” but that any severance agreement which limits the employee’s right to file a charge of discrimination is unenforceable and illegal. This week, the EEOC...more

Employment Alert

In This Issue: EEOC's Latest Target - Severance Agreements; Pennsylvania's Unemployment Compensation Law May Require Employers to Provide Response to Unemployment Information Requests; and Supreme Court Clarifies that...more

The EEOC's Latest Target – Severance Agreements

Employers have long offered employees severance or other post-employment benefits in exchange for a waiver and general release of claims. Agreements of this kind often help make a difficult separation somewhat easier. By...more

Employment Law Blog: Severance Agreements - Clarity and Simplicity Are Best

On February 7, 2014, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) in Chicago brought suit against CVS Pharmacy alleging that the company’s severance agreements for employees interfered with those employees’ civil...more

Recommendations in Response to the EEOC’s New Lawsuit on Severance Agreements

On February 7, 2014, the Chicago District Office of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission brought suit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois against CVS Pharmacy, Inc., claiming that a...more

Employment Law - Mar 05, 2014

Time To Review Severance Agreements - Why it matters: The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed a complaint against CVS Pharmacy last week. The Illinois federal court suit claims the national chain violated...more

EEOC Alleges that Standard Severance Agreement Language Violated Title VII

Certain standard provisions contained in separation agreements commonly used by employers violate federal law, according to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ("EEOC"). Specifically, EEOC in a suit filed in Illinois...more

EEOC Lawsuit Against CVS Could Void Standard Severance Agreement Clauses

We all know how severance agreements work. An employee suddenly finds herself out on the street. To soften the blow, the employer offers her a few additional weeks or months of salary. In exchange, the employee waives any...more

Take 5 Newsletter: Five New Challenges Facing Retail Employers

Retailers face new challenges every day as a result of legislation, litigation, and technology. This Take 5 addresses some of these challenges. 1. Pregnancy Accommodation - Several states and municipalities...more

EEOC Lawsuit Challenges Commonly Used Language In Severance Agreements

On February 7, 2014, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC or Commission) sued CVS Pharmacy Inc. in federal court in Chicago to invalidate the company’s standard severance agreement. The lawsuit raises concerns...more

EEOC Continues Its Aggressive Stance Against Severance Agreements

Last Friday, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed suit against CVS Pharmacy in the Northern District of Illinois alleging that standard separation agreements used by CVS unlawfully deter employees, who sign these...more

Avoiding Pitfalls of Severance Agreements

As a business owner, it is inevitable that there will come a time when, for some reason or another, you will need to terminate an employee. In many circumstances an employer will use a severance agreement to obtain a release...more

Buying Peace?

Every employment relationship ends at some point, and some end involuntarily and with hard feelings. Sometimes, hard feelings come from current employees as well. When these hard feelings exist, employment claims are...more

EEOC Files Suit Against Book Distributor For Overbroad Severance Agreement Language

Just weeks after settling its first ever Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (“GINA”) discrimination lawsuit and filing its first ever class action lawsuit under GINA, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)...more

Employment Law Commentary -- Volume 25, Issue 6 -- June 2013: A Trap for the Unwary: EEOC Pushes Back on Overly Expansive...

A familiar, if unsettling, trend the past four years has been layoffs. The calculus behind them is simple: companies need to cut costs to stay afloat amidst the weak economy, and reducing the size of their workforce is a...more

Trinity Health Corporation Agrees to Settle EEOC Retaliation Lawsuit

Company Had Policy of Delaying or Denying Severance Payments to Employees Who Signed Severance Agreements and Then Filed Discrimination Charges, Agency Says - INDIANAPOLIS - Trinity Health Corporation, a national...more

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