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McWhite’s Funeral Home to Pay $85,000 to Settle EEOC Sexual Harassment and Retaliation Lawsuit

Owner and Manager Engaged in Severe Sexual Harassment of Female Employees, Retaliated Against Those Who Complained, Federal Agency Charges - MIAMI - McWhite's Funeral Home of Fort Lauderdale will pay $85,000 and furnish...more

SCOTUS Dodges EEOC Fee-Shifting

This morning, the Supreme Court dodged the final resolution of an issue we have all been dying to have resolved, but threw a nice bone to employers in the process. CRST Van Expedited, Inc. v. EEOC The case started when the...more

Supreme Court Leaves Massive Attorney's Fee Award Against EEOC Unresolved

But Decision Could Still Be Helpful For Employers - Today, in a unanimous 8-0 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to issue a definitive ruling on whether an employer is entitled to recover nearly $5 million dollars...more

Supreme Court Holds a Party May be Entitled to Attorneys' Fees Absent a Favorable Ruling on the Merits

On May 19, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its decision in CRST, Inc. v. EEOC, which addressed the definition of a “prevailing party” who may be awarded attorneys’ fees in Title VII cases. Although the Court ultimately...more

Supreme Court Continues Sanctions Litigation Against the EEOC

A slap in the face, maybe, after 11 years - Back in 2005, a prospective driver for a trucking company filed a charge with the EEOC contending that two trainers sexually harassed her during an over-the-road trip. That...more

An Open Love Letter to Justice Clarence Thomas

I admit it. I have a crush on Justice Thomas. Today’s unanimous Supreme Court opinion in CRST Van Expedited, Inc. v. EEOC – holding that a merit-based dismissal is not necessary for a defendant to qualify as the “prevailing...more

Supreme Court Decides RST Van Expedited, Inc. v. EEOC

On May 19, 2016, the Supreme Court of the United States decided RST Van Expedited, Inc. v. EEOC, No. 14-1375, holding that a defendant may be a prevailing party—and therefore entitled to an award of attorneys’ fees under...more

California Employment Law Notes - May 2016

Employee Who Needed To Assist Disabled Son Could Proceed With "Associational Disability Discrimination" Claim - Castro-Ramirez v. Dependable Highway Express, Inc., 246 Cal. App. 4th 180 (2016) - Luis...more

Achiote Restaurant To Pay $27,500 To Settle EEOC Male-On-Male Sexual Harassment / Retaliation Suit

Several Young Mexican-American Males Secretly Videotaped in Men's Room, Federal Agency Charged - SAN DIEGO - A San Ysidro, Calif., restaurant will pay $27,500 and furnish remedial relief to settle a male-on-male class...more

Fifth Circuit Rejects EEOC's Position on Reasonable Belief Standard for Reactive Retaliation Claims

In 2009’s Crawford decision, the U.S. Supreme Court concluded that an employee who participates in an employer’s harassment or discrimination investigation as a third-party witness, falls within federal anti-retaliation...more

County Fair Farm Settles EEOC Class Sex Harassment and Retaliation Suit

Maine Farm Subjected Farmworkers to Abuse Since 2003, Federal Agency Charged - BOSTON - The federal district court in Portland, Maine has approved a consent decree resolving discrimination litigation brought by U.S....more

EEOC Not Required to Conciliate Class Claims On an Individual Basis

In last year’s Mach Mining decision, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously held that the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is required to attempt to settle (“conciliate”) discrimination claims before bringing suit against...more

“Lighten Up, Baby,” And Other Harassment “Best Practices” For Employers

Many employers ask me: “Robin, what are your ‘best practices’ for workplace sexual harassment?” I’m glad you asked! No. 1: Be sure that your policy on sexual harassment is boring and legalistic. The entire legal...more

Have You Trained Your Supervisors on Wage & Hour Compliance?

When sexual harassment lawsuits started becoming a major liability issue for employers, many employers sensibly responded by requiring their supervisory employees to go through mandatory anti-harassment training. There is at...more

Truckin’ To The Top Court: CRST Files Final Reply Brief Before Supreme Court Argument Against EEOC

In high-stakes litigation brought by the EEOC against trucking company CRST Van Expedited, Inc., (“CRST”), CRST recently submitted its final reply brief before the U.S. Supreme Court hears oral argument in the case later this...more

ABC Phones of North Carolina Sued by EEOC for Same-Sex Harassment

Female Sales Consultant Was Subjected to Unwelcome Sexual Comments and Groping by Female Co-Worker, Federal Agency Charges - WILMINGTON, N.C. - ABC Phones of North Carolina, Inc. dba A Wireless, a Greenville, N.C.,...more

Employment Law Navigator – Week in Review: March 2016 #2

Last week at the SHRM Legislative Conference, EEOC Chair Jenny Yang both praised and cautioned employers in talking about HR technology. In particular, Chair Yang said that some technology can reduce bias in the workplace,...more

Office Love Affairs: How to Prevent Scandal

Are things starting to get a little steamy around the office? Perhaps two employees have started to take long glances at each other from across the conference room, text each other like crazy, or maybe they have been known to...more

Niemann Foods / County Market Store #224 To Pay $300,000 To Resolve EEOC Discrimination Finding

Class of Women Subjected to Misconduct, Including Unwelcome Physical Contact, Federal Agency Found - CHICAGO - Niemann Foods, Inc., doing business as County Market Store #224, based in Quincy, Ill., has agreed to pay...more

California Employers Must Update EEO Policies by April 1, 2016

New regulations under the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) require employers of five or more employees to update anti-discrimination, anti-harassment, and complaint-investigation policies; update sexual...more

Ninth Circuit Reinstates EEOC Case Against The GEO Group for Sexual Harassment, Retaliation in Arizona Prisons

Class of Female Staffers Abused at Correctional Facilities, Federal Agency Charged - PHOENIX - The U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has reinstated a class sexual harassment and retaliation lawsuit filed by the U.S....more

FYC International to Pay $80,000 to Settle EEOC Sexual Harassment Suit

Top Warehouse Manager Abused Women and Promoted a Culture Condoning Such Misconduct, Federal Agency Charged - NEW HAVEN, Conn. - FYC International Inc., a manufacturer and wholesaler of women's and children's clothing...more

The Next Frontier of Title VII – EEOC Files its First Sexual Orientation Discrimination Cases

This week, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed its first lawsuits alleging sexual orientation discrimination under Title VII against employers in Pennsylvania and Maryland. In both cases, the EEOC seeks...more

“We Don’t Want To Pay $4.7 Million” – EEOC Files Its Supreme Court Brief in CRST Fee Sanction Case

As we recently blogged here, EEOC v. CRST Van Expedited, Inc. is an important case on the Supreme Court’s docket that employers absolutely need to monitor. At issue is whether attorneys’ fees are appropriate in instances...more

Memphis Cheddar’s Settles EEOC Sexual Harassment Lawsuit for $450,000

Male Managers at Memphis Restaurant Sexually Harassed a Class of Female Employees, Federal Agency Charged - MEMPHIS - Mint Julep Restaurant Operations, LLC, an independent restaurant company and franchisee of the casual...more

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