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Company to Pay $115,000 to Settle Sex Discrimination Suit on Behalf of Transgender Employee

As predicted, the news in the Labor/Employment world continues to center on developments in the area of legal rights for transgender employees. On January 21, the EEOC announced a $115,000 settlement of a complaint against a...more

EEOC Sues Windsor Inn for Sexual Harassment and Retaliation

Restaurant Owner Sexually Assaulted and Harassed Female Employees, Federal Agency Charges - BALTIMORE -R.V. Associates Limited, doing business as Windsor Inn, violated federal law when its restaurant manager subjected...more

Annual Report on EEOC Developments – Fiscal Year 2015

This Annual Report on EEOC Developments—Fiscal Year 2015 (hereafter “Report”), our fifth annual Report, is designed as a comprehensive guide to significant EEOC developments over the past fiscal year. The Report does not...more

Hillshire Brands Company Pays $4 Million to Settle Race Discrimination Suit

African American Bakery Workers Subjected to Racist Comments and Graffiti in the Worksite, Federal Agency Charged - DALLAS - Hillshire Brands Company (formerly known as the Sara Lee Corporation) will pay $4 million to a...more

Signal International, LLC to Pay $5 Million to Settle EEOC Race, National Origin Lawsuit

Ship Building and Repair Company Subjected Indian Guest Workers to Adverse Living and Working Conditions - BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Signal International, LLC, a Mobile, Ala. ship building and repair company, will pay an...more

Employment Law - December 2015

NLRB Goes One Step Further, Holds Optional Waiver of Class Action Arbitrations Illegal - Why it matters - Reiterating its stance against arbitration agreements that prohibit class or collective actions, a panel of...more

Court Awards The EEOC Attorneys’ Fees In Contempt Dispute

In EEOC v. New Indianapolis Hotels, LLC, No. 10-CV-1234 (S. D. Ind. Nov. 9, 2015), Judge William T. Lawrence of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana granted the EEOC attorneys’ fees for the time it...more

Katy-Area Shipley’s Donuts Franchise Pays $45,000 To Settle EEOC Pregnancy Discrimination Suit

Food Establishment Forced Employee to Take Leave and Then Fired Her Due to Pregnancy, Federal Agency Charged - HOUSTON - D&S Shipley Donuts, dba Shipley's Donuts, a Katy, Texas-area franchise, will pay $45,000 and...more

Triborough Bridge & Tunnel Authority Discriminated Against Pregnant Female Officers, U.S. EEOC & U.S. DOJ Found

Female Bridge and Tunnel Operating Force Officers Awarded $206,500 in Settlement - NEW YORK - Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority (TBTA), the law enforcement division of the TBTA Operating Force, will pay $206,500 and...more

EEOC Sues Workplace Staffing Solutions for Rejecting Women for Trashcan Collector Jobs

Louisiana Staffing Firm Failed to Hire at Least 34 Qualified Women Because of Their Sex, Federal Agency Charges - GULFPORT, Miss. - Workplace Staffing Solutions, L.L.C., a Louisiana company operating an office in...more

Consent Decree Sheds Light on the EEOC’s Interpretation of its Background Check Guidance

On September 8, 2015, BMW Manufacturing Co., LLC and the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) entered into a consent decree ending the EEOC’s disparate impact lawsuit over BMW’s use of criminal background...more

Baker Wellness Center to Pay $30,000 to Settle EEOC Disability Discrimination Lawsuit

Baton Rouge-Area Adult Day Care Fired Employee Because of Diabetes, Federal Agency Charged - NEW ORLEANS - Baker Wellness Center, Inc., a Baton Rouge-area adult day care and wellness center, will pay $30,000 and furnish...more

DAP Products Sued By EEOC For Disability Discrimination

Construction Products Manufacturer Fired Capable Worker Because of Cancer, Federal Agency Charged - DALLAS - DAP Products, Inc., a Dallas-based business and a leading manufacturer of home repair and construction...more

EEOC Criminal Background Check Cases Come With Big Price Tags for All Parties

One of the EEOC's top priorities has been ensuring individuals are not discriminated against based on their criminal histories. In recent years, it has filed multiple headline-grabbing lawsuits related to background checks...more

Employment Law - October 2015

FTC Offers Employers Lesson in FCRA Compliance—And Limited Exceptions - Why it matters: A California employer recently received a lesson in Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) compliance from the Federal Trade...more

Double Whammy For Employer Who Won’t Accommodate Pregnancy — But Will The EEOC’s Case Survive?

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed suit last week in a federal court in Pennsylvania against Landis Communities (retirement communities), claiming that Landis unlawfully refused to accommodate the pregnancy and...more

DOL Gets Reined In - Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals says the agency pushed too far in worker misclassification case

As most employers know, the United States Department of Labor (DOL), along with many other federal and state agencies such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, has focused on pursuing employers for misclassifying...more

EEOC Sues Employer for Requiring That Epileptic Employee Take Medication as a Condition of Continuing Employment

On occasion, an employee’s medical condition may cause employers concern over that person’s ability to operate heavy machinery or otherwise to work in a hazardous environment. For example, an employee with epilepsy has...more

EEOC Continues Attacks Against Employers Accused of Requiring Employee to Waive Rights to Bring Discrimination Charges

Last year, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission garnered significant criticism from employers when it sued CVS over its standard releases used in conjunction with reductions in force and similar employee terminations....more

Second Circuit Decision Resuscitates EEOC’s Gender Discrimination Suit Against Sterling Jewelers

This week, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit sharply limited employers’ ability to challenge the adequacy of the EEOC’s pre-suit investigations. The Court issued an opinion vacating a district court...more

Discrimination by Association: It’s Illegal.

You may have heard of guilt by association before, but what about discrimination by association? Everyone knows that an employer cannot discriminate on the basis of an employee’s disability, but what if the employee has a...more

EEOC Sues King-Lar Company for National Origin and Color Harassment

HVAC and Roofing Company Managers Alleged to Have Witnessed Offensive Language and Received Complaints But Did Nothing - CHICAGO - King-Lar Company violated federal civil rights laws by failing to stop the harassment of...more

EEOC Issues Overview on LGBT Rights Under Title VII

As reported in EmployNews, over the past year the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has aggressively shifted its position on the extent of coverage of LGBT workers under Title VII. In federal employee cases where the...more

Hillshire Brands Company Sued by EEOC For Racial Harassment at Sara Lee Plant

Federal Agency Charges Racist Comments and Graffiti in the Worksite - DALLAS - Hillshire Brands Company (formerly known as the Sara Lee Corporation) violated federal law by subjecting a class of African-American...more

Court Prevents Peters’ Bakery from Firing Employee Alleging Discrimination in EEOC Suit

Federal Agency Obtains Preliminary Injunction to Protect Latina Clerk's Job - SAN JOSE, Calif. - Peters' Bakery, a family-owned business in East San Jose, may not terminate a sales clerk whose allegations of ethnic and...more

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