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McCormick & Schmick’s to Pay $1.3 Million and Provide Significant Injunctive Relief to Resolve EEOC Class Race Discrimination Suit

Two Baltimore Restaurants Subjected Black Workers to Discrimination in Hiring and Work Assignments, Federal Agency Charged - BALTIMORE - McCormick & Schmick's Seafood Restaurants, Inc. and McCormick and Schmick...more

J&R Baker Farms Sued by EEOC for National Origin and Race Discrimination against American Workers

Company Favored Mexican Workers Over American Workers and Engaged in Race Discrimination, Federal Agency Charges - ATLANTA - J&R Baker Farms LLC and J&R Baker Farms Partnership subjected American workers, most of whom...more

EEOC Roundup: June 2014

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

Employment Law Believe It Or Not!

I thought only elephants had two-year pregnancies. As I’ve discussed here before, “pregnancy” for purposes of the federal Pregnancy Discrimination Act includes a lot of things besides the actual nine months of physical...more

EEOC Sues Bliss Cabaret for Race Discrimination and Retaliation

Clearwater Adult Club Fired Manager for Opposing Owner's Racially Discriminatory Practice, Federal Agency Charges - TAMPA, Fla - A Clearwater, Fla., adult entertainment club violated federal law by racially...more

Tampa Bay Federal, Local Government Agencies to Observe 50th Anniversary of 1964 Civil Rights Act

Landmark Legislation Still Holds Significance for Millions of Americans - TAMPA, Fla. - Several government agencies will join forces on July 2 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of President Lyndon B. Johnson's...more

Four Hawaii Farms to Pay $2.4 Million to Thai Workers to Settle EEOC National Origin and Retaliation Employment Discrimination...

Additional Relief in the Form of Job Offers and Other Benefits Will Be Offered to Vulnerable Thai Laborers, Says Federal Agency - LOS ANGELES - Three years after filing suit against farm labor contractor Global...more

EEOC Sues Louisville Hospital for Race Discrimination

Jewish Hospital Fired Black Employee Because of Race, Federal Agency Charges - LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Jewish Hospital and St. Mary's Healthcare, Inc., a Louisville hospital, unlawfully fired an employee because he is...more

Sparks Restaurant to Pay $56,000 and Provide Injunctive Relief in EEOC Retaliation Lawsuit

Menomonie, Wis., Restaurant Retaliated Against Employee for Complaints About Racially Offensive Drawings, Judge Ruled Following Jury's Findings - MADISON, Wis. - A federal district court has ruled that Sparx Restaurant...more

EEOC Ordered To Pay Attorney’s Fees and Costs After Bogus Discrimination Case

The Sixth Circuit has ordered the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) to pay more than $750,000 in attorney’s fees and costs for pursuing a frivolous employment discrimination case....more

Sixth Circuit Approves Fee Award Against the EEOC for Meritless Criminal Record Action

A divided Sixth Circuit panel affirmed the district court decision in EEOC v. Peoplemark, Inc., (Case No. 11-2582) assessing fees and costs against the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) totaling $751,942.48 for...more

Supreme Court Update: University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center v. Nassar

The United States Supreme Court recently raised the bar for plaintiffs attempting to bring Title VII retaliation claims. In University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center v. Nassar, 133 S.Ct. 2517 (2013), the Court...more

River View Coal to Pay $245,000 to Settle EEOC Race Discrimination Suit

Company Excluded a Class of African-American Applicants From Jobs, Federal Agency Charged - INDIANAPOLIS - River View Coal, LLC, will pay a total of $245,000 to a class of African-American applicants and furnish other...more

U-Haul to Pay $750,000 to Settle EEOC Racial Harassment & Retaliation Suit

Moving Supply Chain Subjected Black Employees to Racial Slurs and Fired Employees for Complaining, Federal Agency Charged - MEMPHIS - U-Haul has agreed to pay $750,000 to eight African-American current and former...more

EEOC Sues Rosebud Restaurants for Race Discrimination in Hiring Across Chicago Area

Italian Restaurant Chain Refused to Hire Blacks; Many Locations Had None at All; Managers Said to Use Racial Slurs - CHICAGO - The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed a lawsuit today alleging that ten...more

EEOC Sues Rizza Cadillac of Tinley Park, Citing Harassment of Arab and Muslim Sales Staff

CHICAGO - Rizza Cadillac, Inc. of Tinley Park, Ill., a suburb south of Chicago, violated federal law by encouraging a work environment which was hostile and offensive to Muslim and Arab sales staff, the U.S. Equal Employment...more

U.S. District Court Decision Against EEOC: Use of Criminal Background and Credit History Checks in Making Hiring Decisions

A U.S. District Court judge in Maryland has dismissed a lawsuit that accused a nationwide marketing company of using background checks to discriminate against minority and male job applicants after finding the Equal...more

Dealership Update, No. 3, August 2013: "Do I Have To Hire A Criminal With Bad Credit?"

The answer to whether an employer may refuse to hire someone with a criminal record or bad credit is not as simple as you might think. Two recently-filed lawsuits by the EEOC alleging that employers’ criminal-conviction...more

Danny’s Cabaret to Pay $50,000 to Settle EEOC Race Discrimination and Retaliation Lawsuit

Lawsuit Claimed Discrimination and Retaliation Against Black Female Entertainers - JACKSON, Miss. - A Jackson, Miss., "gentlemen's club" which features "adult entertainment" will pay $50,000 and furnish other relief to...more

J.B. Hunt Agrees to Settle EEOC Race Discrimination Case Regarding Criminal Conviction Records

Transportation Company Agrees to Maintain Revised Policy Consistent With Recent EEOC Policy Guidelines; Some 14,000 Employees Affected Nationwide - LOS ANGELES - J.B. Hunt Transport, Inc., one of the largest...more

New Texas Statute Limits Employer Liability for Negligent Hiring and Negligent Supervision…Or Does It?

When it comes to conducting criminal background checks, employers have long been faced with a double-edged sword. If an employer fails to use criminal background checks to screen job applicants, the employer could face a...more

New EEOC Report Examines Obstacles Facing African Americans in Federal Workplace

Seven Impediments, Underlying Issues, Recommendations Identified by Work Group - WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) today issued a comprehensive report addressing major obstacles...more

When Bad Things Happen To Good Employers: An Equal Employment Opportunity Update

I've had many clients tell me they can't believe they're being sued for discrimination. They tell me they treat their employees fairly, that they're not bigoted, that they would never discriminate against employees on the...more

Day & Zimmerman Resolve EEOC Racial Discrimination Claims for $190,000

African-American Employee Consistently Harassed by Day & Zimmerman Manager, Fired After Making Many Complaints, Federal Agency Charges - NEW YORK - The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and Day &...more

EEOC Sues Prestige Transportation Service for Pattern and Practice of Hiring Discrimination

Company Refused to Hire Black Applicants, Federal Agency Charged - MIAMI - A Miami transportation company violated federal law by subjecting African-Americans to race discrimination, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity...more

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