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SCOTUS: Courts Have Power To Review EEOC Conciliation Efforts

On April 29, 2015, the United States Supreme Court issued its decision in a legal battle over judicial oversight of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s obligation to pursue conciliation prior to filing a lawsuit...more

Is the EEOC Rushing Your Company to Court? SCOTUS Says Not So Fast

The U. S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled on April 29 that courts can review whether the EEOC has satisfied its obligation under Title VII to conciliate before running to court. Title VII dictates that when the EEOC believes...more

EEOC Denied Inspection Of Employer’s Premises

In EEOC v. Vicksburg Healthcare, LLC, No. 13-CV-895 (S.D. Miss. Apr. 22, 2015), Magistrate Judge Michael T. Parker of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi denied the EEOC’s request to be allowed to...more

Complaint to a Harassing Supervisor Is Enough to Support a Title VII Retaliation Claim

An employee’s harassment complaint made directly to the harassing supervisor can be sufficient “protected activity” to support a Title VII retaliation claim, the 6th Circuit ruled last week in EEOC v. New Breed Logistics....more

Sixth Circuit Finds that Verbal Demand to Supervisor to Cease Harassing Behavior is Protected Activity Under Title VII

Most practitioners know that Title VII prohibits retaliation against any employee because he or she “opposed any practice made an unlawful employment practice [by the statute].”...more

Supreme Court: The EEOC Must Answer For Its Efforts To Conciliate

On Wednesday, April 29, 2015, the United States Supreme Court unanimously held that courts may review whether the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) fulfilled its obligations to engage in...more

Supreme Court Requires Review Of EEOC Conciliation Effort

Before suing an employer for discrimination, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) must try to remedy unlawful workplace practices through informal methods of conciliation. The EEOC sued Mach Mining in federal...more

Liberty Chrysler Dealership Sued by EEOC for Disability Discrimination

Saleswoman Discharged Due to Multiple Sclerosis, Federal Agency Alleged - RENO, Nev. -- Nevada-based dealership Liberty Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge LLC violated federal law when it fired an employee diagnosed with multiple...more

Protected Title VII Conduct Can Be As Simple As Telling Your Boss to Stop Harassing You

The Sixth Circuit recently ruled “a demand that a supervisor cease his/her harassing conduct constitutes protected activity covered by Title VII,” so that employees who tell a boss to stop harassing them are protected from...more

EEOC Roundup: March 2015

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

SEC Joins Agency Attack on Confidentiality Clauses in Employee-Related Agreements and Policies

In a recent enforcement action, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) took action against a company for "using improperly restrictive language in confidentiality agreements with the potential to stifle the...more

Newport News Industrial Corporation Agrees to Pay $65,000 in EEOC Retaliation Lawsuit

Company Fired Employee for Complaining About Gender Discrimination, Federal Agency Charged - WILMINGTON, N.C. - Newport News Industrial Corporation has agreed to pay $65,000 and provide substantial injunctive relief to...more

EEOC Transgender Case In Detroit Will Go Forward

As our readers know, the EEOC filed two lawsuits last fall against private employers, alleging discrimination against transgender individuals: one case against a medical practice in Florida, and the other against a funeral...more

Appeals Court Affirms Jury Verdict of Over $1.5 Million in EEOC Sexual Harassment and Retaliation Lawsuit Against New Breed...

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - A federal appeals court has upheld a jury verdict of over $1.5 million in the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's (EEOC's) lawsuit against a High Point, N.C.-based logistics services provider for...more

Helmerich & Payne to Pay $59,000 to Settle EEOC Disability Discrimination Suit

Company Made Illegal Medical Inquiries and Violated Confidentiality Requirements, Federal Agency Charged - TULSA, Okla. - Helmerich & Payne, Inc. (H&P), a Tulsa-based drilling contractor, will pay a former employee...more

Rinnier Development and Related Companies to Pay $25,000 to Settle EEOC Race Discrimination Lawsuit

Real Estate Management Businesses Underpaid and Refused to Promote Black Assistant Community Manager Because of Her Race, Federal Agency Charged - BALTIMORE - Rinnier Development Company, a commercial and residential...more

Unit Drilling to Pay $400,000 to Settle EEOC Systemic Sex Discrimination Suit

Company Refused to Hire Any Women, Federal Agency Charged - PHOENIX - Unit Drilling Company, a nationwide oil drilling company, will pay $400,000 and furnish other relief to settle a systemic sex discrimination lawsuit...more

EEOC Sues McLane Foodservice for Disability Discrimination

Food Supplier Refused to Hire Applicant on the Basis of Disability, Federal Agency Charges - MEMPHIS, Tenn. - McLane Foodservice, Inc., which supplies foodservice deliveries to fast-food chain restaurants, violated...more

EEOC Sues Maryland Insurance Administration for Sex-Based Pay Discrimination

Insurance Regulatory Agency Paid Female Investigators Less Than Male Investigators, Federal Agency Charges - BALTIMORE - The Maryland Insurance Administration, an independent state agency that regulates Maryland's...more

Howard University Will Pay $35,000 to Settle EEOC Disability Discrimination Lawsuit

University Refused to Hire Qualified Applicant for Security Officer Position Because of His Diabetes, Federal Agency Charged - WASHINGTON - Howard University, a historically black university in the District of...more

Patterson-UTI Drilling to Pay $14.5 Million to Settle Claims of Race/National Origin Discrimination

Federal Agency Resolves Lawsuit Alleging Employer Tolerated Discrimination on Drilling Rigs, Punished Victims for Complaining - DENVER - Patterson-UTI Drilling Company LLC, a Snyder, Texas-based multistate oil drilling...more

Is Telecommuting A Reasonable Accommodation, Or Is It Not?

In the context of a lawsuit brought under the Americans with Disabilities Act, a recent court decision says that “regular attendance” is an essential function of the job. But what is “regular attendance”?...more

EEOC Issues Important Transgender Rights Ruling, Finding that Restroom Use Should Match Gender Identity

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) forged new ground earlier this month when it ordered the U.S. Army to pay damages to a transgender employee based on a discriminatory restroom policy. We have reported in...more

SEC Applies Whistleblower Protections to Confidentiality Arrangements

Public companies should review their confidentiality arrangements for any provisions that may result in unintended violations of the Dodd-Frank Act’s whistleblower protections....more

EEOC Consent Decrees are its Most Powerful Enforcement Mechanisms

The vast majority of settlements between an employer and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) take the form of a court-approved consent decree. This document is a public record designed to highlight and...more

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