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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

Employer Liable for Disregarding Complaints About Soiled Toilet, Porn, and Retaliation — Possible Punitive Damages

In Davis v. Kiewit Pacific Company, Lisa Davis, a heavy machine operator and one of two female employees at a 100-employee excavation project, prevailed in her claims of gender discrimination, hostile work environment, and...more

Jury Awards $500,000 in EEOC Sex Discrimination Suit Against Exel, Inc.

Jury Finds Employer Refused to Promote Employee Because She Was Female - ATLANTA - An Atlanta jury has awarded $500,000 against a Westerville, Ohio-based warehouse and distribution company for failing to promote a...more

EEOC Sues SPOA, LLC, Owner of Basta Pasta, for Sexual Harassment and Retaliation

Restaurant Owner Subjected Female Employees to Pervasive Sexual Harassment and Sexual Assaults; Fired Manager Who Opposed the Harassment, Federal Agency Says - BALTIMORE - SPOA, LLC, which runs the Italian restaurants...more

Labor Letter, June 2013: Why Would Employees Tease About Nooses In 2013?

It was surprising and disappointing to read about a punitive damages award against a North Carolina employer who allegedly tolerated employees referring to an African-American coworker as a “coon” and offering him a hangman’s...more

EEOC Wins Jury Verdict of More than $20 Million for Sexual Harassment and Retaliation

Florida Travel Agency Subjected Women to Verbal and Physical Abuse and Disrespect, Manager Fired for Complaining, Federal Agency Charged - TAMPA, Fla. - A federal jury has returned a unanimous verdict awarding a total...more

Owner of Detroit-Area Comfort Inn & Suites to Pay $27,500 to Settle EEOC Pregnancy Bias Suit

DETROIT -- Ramin Inc., the owner of a Comfort Inn & Suites in Taylor, Mich., will pay $27,500 to settle a pregnancy discrimination lawsuit (EEOC v. Ramin, Inc., 2012-cv-15015) filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity...more

Jury Awards $200,000 in Damages Against A.C. Widenhouse in EEOC Race Harassment Suit

Jury Determines Trucking Company Subjected African-American Employees to Racial Slurs and Nooses - WINSTON SALEM, N.C. - In a legal victory for the U.S. Equal Employmen Opportunity Commission (EEOC), a North Carolina...more

EEOC Sues Paramount Janitorial Services, Inc. For Retaliation

Janitorial Service Unlawfully Fired Female Janitor for Complaining About Racist Slurs, Federal Agency Charges - PETERSBURG, VA. - Paramount Janitorial Services Inc., a Petersburg, Virginia based janitorial service...more

Second Circuit Approves Post-Judgment Injunction Due To Unique Facts Of Sexual Harassment

EEOC v. KarenKim, Inc., No. 11-3309-cv (2d Cir. Oct. 19, 2012): The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) filed suit on behalf of female employees who worked at the defendant’s Oswego, New York grocery store. During...more

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