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EEOC Roundup: February 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

Davis Typewriter Company Settles EEOC Sexual Harassment Suit

Operations Manager Used Security Cameras to Ogle Female Subordinate's Breasts, Federal Agency Charged - MINNEAPOLIS - Davis Typewriter Company, a Worthington, Minn., office furniture and office supply company, will be...more

Pitre Car Dealership to Pay over $2 Million to Resolve EEOC Same-Sex Sexual Harassment Suit

Albuquerque Firm's Management Directed and Encouraged the Abuse of Over 50 Male Employees for More Than a Decade, Federal Agency Charged - ALBUQUERQUE -- Pitre Inc., an Albuquerque car dealership on Eagle Ranch Road,...more

EEOC Sues Hot Wheel City for Sexual Harassment

Woman Harassed and Fired in Retaliation for Complaining, Federal Agency Charges - DETROIT - Hot Wheel City, a Detroit-based automotive wheel and accessory store chain, subjected an employee at one of its Detroit stores...more

EEOC Sues Panama Transfer, Inc. For Sexual Harassment and Retaliation

Trucking Company Fired Employee Who Opposed Sexual Remarks, Including Over Workplace Intercom, Federal Agency Charges - DES MOINES, Iowa - Panama Transfer, Inc., a multi-state trucking company headquartered in Panama,...more

Wal-Mart to Pay $363,419 to Settle EEOC Sexual Harassment and Retaliation Suit

Intellectually Disabled Employee at Retail Giant's Akron Store Was Sexually Harassed and Then Fired for Complaining, Federal Agency Charged - CLEVELAND - Wal-Mart Stores East, L.P., part of the nation's largest retail...more

Employment Law

Same-Sex Harassment Suits Yield Sizable Settlements - Why it matters: Same-sex sexual harassment made headlines recently after the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission reached settlements with two different...more

Final Checks Go Out Under $8 Million Decree in EEOC Sexual Harassment Case Against Telemarketer

Monitors of Employer's Compliance With Consent Decree Submit Final Report Finding 'Company Today Is a Different and Far Better Workplace' - CHICAGO - International Services, Inc. (ISI), formerly known as International...more

The Road Not Taken

What is not alleged in a lawsuit can, paradoxically, sometimes serve as more of a cautionary note than what is, for its very absence brings it prominence. Such is the case with Saliba v. Five Towns College, 2014 WL 92690...more

Ricardo's Restaurant will Pay $20,000 to Resolve EEOC Sexual Harassment Suit

Co-Owner's Pervasive Harassment Forced Female Employee to Quit, Federal Agency Charged - ERIE, Pa. -- Ricardo's Restaurant, Inc. of Erie will pay $20,000 and furnish significant equitable relief to resolve a federal...more

Washington Grower to Pay $85K to Settle EEOC Same-Sex Sexual Harassment Lawsuit

Company Ignored Male Supervisor's Constant Sexual Harassment of Male Subordinates, Federal Agency Charged - SEATTLE - One of the largest hop producers in the world will pay $85,000 to four workers and provide other...more

Boh Bros. Construction Co. to Pay $125,000 for Same-Sex Harassment in EEOC Lawsuit

Consent Judgment Ending Case Follows En Banc Appeals Court Determination That Actions in Question Were Sex Discrimination and Remand to Determine Damages; Significant Injunctive Relief Reinstated - NEW ORLEANS - Boh...more

EEOC Sues Nick's Restaurant for Disability Discrimination, Sexual Harassment, Retaliation

Restaurant/Sports Bar Revoked a Reasonable Accommodation for a Disabled Server and Fired Her After She Complained, Federal Agency Charges - HOUSTON - PNS Investments, Inc. operating as Nick's Restaurant and Sports Bar,...more

EEOC Sues TNT Propane and Affiliated Companies for Sexual Harassment

Owner's Misconduct Toward Female Employee Caused Her to Quit, Federal Agency Charges - ROCK HILL, S.C. - TNT Propane, Inc. violated federal law when it subjected a female employee to a sexually hostile work environment...more

Jiudicy to Pay $150,000 to Settle EEOC Retaliation Suit

Staffing Company Unlawfully Fired Employee Who Reported Sexual Harassment, Federal Agency Charged - ATLANTA - Jiudicy, Inc., doing business as Labor Finders, one of the country's largest industrial labor staffing...more

DolgenCorp, LLC/Dollar General to Settle EEOC Sexual Harassment Lawsuit

Store Manager Sexually Harassed Female Employees, Federal Agency Charged - HARRISON, Ark. - Dolgencorp, LLC, also known as Dollar General Corporation, a retailer of basic consumer goods headquartered in Goodlettsville,...more

Employment Law -- Dec 20, 2013

Despite $27,000 Jury Award, 9th Circuit Approves Almost $700,000 in Attorney’s Fees - Why it matters: Affirming the broad discretion of federal district court judges to award attorney’s fees, the Ninth U.S. Circuit...more

Jackson-Area Save-A-Lot Settles EEOC Sexual Harassment Lawsuit for $325,000

Women Pressured for Sex, Degraded by Senior Management Official, Agency Charged - JACKSON, Miss. - A Jackson-area Save-A-Lot grocery store operated by Venture, Inc. will pay $325,000 and furnish other relief to settle...more

La Rana Hawaii, LLC, A Former Licensee of Señor Frog’s, to Pay $350,000 to Settle EEOC Sexual Harassment Lawsuit

Young Women Were Physically and Verbally Harassed by Restaurant Employees, Including Managers, Federal Agency Charged - HONOLULU, Hawaii - La Rana Hawaii, LLC, doing business as Señor Frog's, a popular Mexican-themed...more

EEOC Sues Taboo 2 Bar & Bistro for Sexual Harassment

Roswell Restaurant/Nightclub Manager Harassed Waitresses and Forced Them to Quit, Federal Agency Charged - ATLANTA -A popular Atlanta-area restaurant/nightclub violated federal law by subjecting female servers to a...more

EEOC Settlement Reminds Employers of Responsibility to Protect Employees from Harassment by Third Parties

A Virginia healthcare company, Southwest Virginia Community Health System, recently agreed to pay $30,000 to settle a sexual harassment suit brought against it by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). The EEOC...more

Southwest Virginia Community Health System to Pay $30,000 to Settle EEOC Sexual Harassment Suit

Troutdale Clinic Receptionist Abused by Patient, Federal Agency Charged - ROANOKE, Va. - Saltville, Va.-based Southwest Virginia Community Health System, Inc. (SVCHS) will pay $30,000 to settle a sexual harassment...more

“Locker Room” Talk In All-Male Workplace Sexual Harassment, Fifth Circuit Rules

In this space, we have reported recently on the series of rebuffs that the EEOC has received from various courts in recent months. But in EEOC v. Boh Brothers Construction Company, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals handed...more

Fifth Circuit Hands Win to EEOC in Same-Sex Harassment

The EEOC won a significant victory on September 30, 2013, as the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, sitting en banc, reinstated a jury verdict finding that the defendant, Boh Brothers Construction...more

"Boys will be Boys" A Risky Employment Policy

In a 10-6 decision following en banc review, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit recently decided, in Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. Boh Brothers Construction Co. L.L.C., that an iron worker...more

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