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District Court Awards Punitive Damages In Sex-Based Harassment EEOC Suit

Seyfarth Synopsis: In E.E.O.C. v. Scott Medical Health Center, P.C. No. CV 16-225, 2017 WL 5493975, at *2 (W.D. Pa. Nov. 16, 2017), a default judgement of liability was entered against the defendant company for sex-based...more

Bulldozing The Backlog & Doubling Filings: EEOC’s 2017 Performance And Accountability Report Shows Decreased Inventory And A Surge...

Seyfarth Synopsis: On November 15, 2017, the EEOC released its annual Performance and Accountability Report for Fiscal Year 2017 – its internal “report card” for its fiscal year 2017. The report touts the EEOC’s progress in...more

What Employers Should Know About The EEOC’s New Focus

Seyfarth Synopsis: Blog readers will recall our Vlog in early October recapping the EEOC’s 2017 Fiscal Year. Today, Jerry Maatman of Seyfarth Shaw, LLP discusses recent developments from the EEOC that ought to be “required...more

The Class Action Jurisprudence Of Judge Richard Posner

Seyfarth Synopsis: In early September of 2017, Judge Richard Posner announced his retirement from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, a position he had held since his appointment by President Reagan in 1981. ...more

Ongoing Debate Over Scope Of Workplace Bias Law

Seyfarth Synopsis: On October 5, 2017, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued an agency memorandum stating that the language contained in Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, “does not prohibit discrimination based...more

FY 2017 Litigation Scorecard For The EEOC – What Employers Should Know

Seyfarth Synopsis: With the EEOC’s Fiscal Year ending on September 30, 2017, loyal blog readers know that our firm has been busy analyzing the major trends of FY 2017 on the EEOC litigation front. In this video, Jerry Maatman...more

EEOC Ordered To Pay $1.9 Million For Frivolous Claims Against Trucking Company

Seyfarth Synopsis: In the latest chapter of the ongoing legal battle between the EEOC and delivery company CRST Van Expedited regarding the agency’s sexual harassment claims, a federal district court ordered the EEOC to pay...more

Interference On The Defense? Tenth Circuit Reinstates EEOC’s Formerly Dismissed Claim

Seyfarth Synopsis: After a federal district court dismissed the EEOC’s unlawful-interference claim against a private college that had sued a former employee for allegedly breaching a settlement agreement by filing an EEOC...more

Seventh Circuit Rejects And Lambastes “Worthless” Settlement For Class Of Subway Sandwich Purchasers

Seyfarth Synopsis: In In Re Subway Footlong Sandwich Mktg. & Sales Practices Litig., No. 16-1652 (7th Cir. Aug. 25, 2017), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit overturned a district court’s approval of a class...more

Summary Judgment Denied For Employer Who Circulated Letter About Employee’s Disability Discrimination Charge

Seyfarth Synopsis: After an employer circulated a letter to 146 employees discussing an employee’s EEOC Charge that alleged discrimination on the basis of his disability in violation of the ADA, a federal district court in...more

Eleventh Circuit Rules That Stipulated Dismissal Of Named Plaintiffs And Defendant Triggers Putative Class Members’ Deadline To...

Seyfarth Synopsis: In Love v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., No. 15-15260 (11th Cir. Aug. 3, 2017), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit ruled that the deadline for putative class members to appeal the dismissal of...more

Spokeo: On Remand From The U.S. Supreme Court, The Ninth Circuit Finds Plaintiff Has Standing, Again

Seyfarth Synopsis: Following remand from the U.S. Supreme Court, the Ninth Circuit found that the plaintiff suing Spokeo, Inc. under the Fair Credit Reporting Act alleged sufficient injury to establish standing to proceed in...more

EEOC’s Motion For Sanctions Granted Over Employer’s Failure To Preserve And Produce Records

Seyfarth Synopsis: In an EEOC lawsuit alleging that an employer failed to reasonably accommodate its Muslim employees’ requests for prayer breaks, a federal court in Colorado granted the EEOC’s motion for sanctions — as a...more

Seyfarth Shaw Submits Comments On Needed Reform To Rule 30(b)(6)

Seyfarth Synopsis: Seyfarth Shaw submitted comments to the Federal Advisory Committee on Civil Rules regarding needed reform to Rule 30(b)(6), the rule that governs depositions of organizations in federal litigation. ...more

Massachusetts Federal Court Doubles Down On Disparate Impact Ruling Against City Of Boston

Seyfarth Synopsis: In Smith v. City of Boston, Plaintiffs brought suit against their employer, the City of Boston (the “City”), challenging the City’s police promotional exam from sergeant to lieutenant. Plaintiffs alleged...more

Cutting Class: Teachers’ Motion For Class Certification Denied In Race Discrimination Class Action

Seyfarth Synopsis: Four African-American teachers alleged that their school district employer discriminated against them on the basis of race by failing to hire them as assistant principals, and filed a motion for class...more

D.C. Circuit Finds That Absent Class Members May Intervene On Appeal To Pursue Rule 23(f) Petition Abandoned By Class...

Seyfarth Synopsis: In Harrington v. Sessions, No. 15-8009, No. 16-5285 & No. 16-5286 (D.C. Cir. July 21, 2017), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit found that absent class members may intervene in an appellate...more

U.S. Supreme Court’s Narrow Application Of Specific Jurisdiction Will Impede Forum Shopping In Class Actions

Seyfarth Synopsis: In Bristol-Myers Squibb Company v. Superior Court of California, et al., No. 16-466 (U.S. June 19, 2017), the U.S. Supreme Court articulated the narrow circumstances under which specific jurisdiction will...more

More “Mark of the Beast” – Fourth Circuit Affirms Denial Of Employer’s Post-Verdict Motions In EEOC’s Anti-Christ Discrimination...

Seyfarth Synopsis: The Fourth Circuit recently affirmed a U.S. District Court’s denial of three post-verdict motions brought by an employer in an EEOC religious discrimination case alleging a failure to accommodate an...more

Sixth Circuit Signs Off On EEOC Subpoena In UPS Disability Discrimination Case

Seyfarth Synopsis: The Sixth Circuit recently affirmed a U.S. District Court’s decision granting the EEOC’s application to enforce a subpoena in a disability discrimination investigation, finding that company-wide...more

Sixth Circuit Shuts Down EEOC’s Appeal In Sex Harassment Suit

Seyfarth Synopsis: In a sexual harassment lawsuit brought by the EEOC, the Sixth Circuit affirmed a U.S. District Court’s grant of an employer’s motion for summary judgment after finding that the harassing employee was not a...more

U.S. Supreme Court Rules That Plaintiffs’ Voluntary Dismissal Does Not Transform A Decision Denying Class Certification Into An...

Seyfarth Synopsis: In Microsoft Corp. v. Baker, No. 15-457 (U.S. June 12, 2017), the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on a procedural issue that is of importance in any class action in terms of when and in what circumstances a...more

Third-Party Litigation Funding: Are Businesses At Risk For More Class Actions?

Seyfarth Synopsis: American and international courts have been debating the tentative legality of disclosing third-party litigation funding. In this vlog video, Seyfarth Shaw Associate Alex Karasik sits down with class action...more

Midyear Peek: What Has The EEOC Been Up To In FY 2017?

Seyfarth Synopsis: Reviewing the EEOC’s case filings during the first half of the Commission’s fiscal year may already reveal some surprising trends, most notably a sharp uptick in the total number of case filings – up 75%...more

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