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Hostile Environment Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Harassment

Company Culture, #MeToo and Anti-Harassment Programs

by Michael Volkov on

Companies do not operate in a vacuum. As we know, companies are part of our social fabric and are subject to the same influences as our communities, politics and families....more

Be My Valentine! – BUT First Please Review and Sign Below

by FordHarrison on

Executive Summary: This Valentine’s Day, employers across industries were reevaluating their workplace dating and sexual harassment policies. Various surveys show that 40 percent of workers date or have dated co-workers. ...more

EEOC Sues SMX Staffing Company for Sexual Harassment

Male Supervisor Harassed Female Workers, Demanded Sex and Exposed Himself, Federal Agency Charges - ST. LOUIS - An international staffing company violated federal law when it allowed a manager at a Kansas City, Kan.,...more

Aqua Resources to Pay $150,000 to Settle EEOC Racial Harassment and Retaliation Suit

Water Company Fired Foreman Because He Complained about Racial Slurs, Federal Agency Charged - PHILADELPHIA - Aqua Resources Inc., a Delaware-based water and wastewater service company, will pay $150,000 and provide...more

Challenging Harassment in the Workplace: A Key Priority at the EEOC

by Littler on

While EEO compliance remains an important objective for the employer community, minimizing the risk of facing a harassment claim has become a top priority. The weekly, and sometimes daily, headlines of new harassment...more

Plastipak Packaging Will Pay $90,000 To Settle EEOC Retaliation Suit

Plastics Manufacturing Company Fired Materials Handler Because She Complained About Sexual Harassment, Federal Agency Charged - BALTIMORE - Plastipak Packaging, Inc. will pay $90,000 and furnish significant equitable...more

Indi’s Fast Food Restaurant to Pay $340,000 To Settle EEOC Sexual Harassment Lawsuit

Female Employees Subjected to Egregious Sexual Harassment, Federal Agency Charged - INDIANAPOLIS -- Louisville, Ky.-based restaurant chain Indi's Fast Food Restaurant, Inc. (Indi's) will pay $340,000 to 15 former female...more

GEO Group to Pay $550,000 To Settle EEOC Sexual Harassment and Retaliation Lawsuit

Class of Female Staffers Abused at Private Correctional Facilities, Federal and State Agencies Charged - PHOENIX - The GEO Group, Inc., operator of the Central Arizona Correctional Facility (CACF) and Arizona State...more

Bojangles’ To Pay $15,000 To Settle EEOC Sexual Harassment and Retaliation Lawsuit

Transgender Employee Subjected to Gender Identity Harassment Then Fired for Reporting, Federal Agency Charged - RALEIGH, N.C. - Bojangles' Restaurants Inc., a North Carolina corporation operating a chain of fast food...more

Rocky Mountain Casing Crews to Pay $70,000 For Sexual Harassment

North Dakota Company Subjected Male Employee to Hostile Work Environment Because of His Sex and Sexual Orientation, Federal Agency Charged - MINNEAPOLIS - Rocky Mountain Casing Crews (RMCC), a Wyoming company that...more

It May Be A New World For Sexual Harassment, But Many Old Rules Still Apply

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

In the weeks since allegations began to surface regarding the sexually predatory behavior of movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, sexual harassment allegations (sometimes admitted and sometimes disputed) against powerful, prominent...more

EEOC Sues Aaron’s For Race Harassment

Managers at Warehouse Used Racist Slurs and Assigned Them the Most Difficult Work, Federal Agency Charges - NEW YORK - Aarons, Inc., a nationwide chain of rent-to-own stores, violated federal law when supervisors engaged...more

UPDATE: Pennsylvania Court Says Title VII Prohibits Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation

by McNees Wallace & Nurick LLC on

Last November, we explained the decision in the case of U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. Scott Medical Health Center, P.C., from the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania. There, the...more

WARNING: A Tsunami of Sexual Harassment Complaints Are on the Way

You can take this one to the bank. Complaints of sexual harassment will rise significantly as a result of the sexual abuse allegations against Harvey Weinstein and related media coverage. ...more

Lessons from the Harvey Weinstein Scandal

by Barley Snyder on

The allegations of outrageous conduct against Harvey Weinstein have dominated the news for more than two weeks. If the allegations are true, Weinstein represents the quintessential “superstar” harasser—the high earning,...more

EEOC Sues Driven Fence for Race Harassment

Melrose Park Company Created a Hostile Work Environment, Including a Noose Display, Federal Agency Charges - CHICAGO - Driven Fence, a Melrose Park fence installation company, created a hostile work environment consisting...more

GNT Foods Sued By EEOC For Racial Harassment and Retaliation

African-American Employees Subjected Daily to Racial Epithets and Fired for Complaining and Taking Part in EEOC Investigation, Federal Agency Charged - ATLANTA - G.N.T, Inc., doing business as GNT Foods, a grocery store...more

JL Schwieters Construction to Pay $125,000 To Settle EEOC Race Harassment Lawsuit

Company Subjected Black Employees to Noose, Threats and Racial Slurs, Federal Agency Charged - MINNEAPOLIS - A Hugo, Minn., construction company will pay $125,000 to settle a racial harassment lawsuit filed by the U.S....more

EEOC Sues Maritime Autowash for Race And national Origin Discrimination and Retaliation

Car Wash Subjected Hispanic Workers to 'Separate and Unequal' Wages and Working Conditions, Federal Agency Charges - BALTIMORE - Maritime Autowash, Inc. violated federal law when it subjected a class of workers to a...more

Private Prison GEO Group to Pay $60,000 To Settle EEOC Sexual Harassment And Retaliation Lawsuit

Female Correctional Officer Sexually Harassed and Retaliated Against, Federal Agency Charged - PHOENIX, Ariz. - The GEO Group, Inc., operator of the Central Arizona Correctional Facility (CACF) in Florence, Ariz., will pay...more

Antonella’s Restaurant & Pizzeria to Pay $50,000 to Settle EEOC National Origin Discrimination Suit

Dutchess Co. Pizzerias Subjected Hispanic Employees to a Hostile Work Environment Because of Their National Origin, Federal Agency Charged - NEW YORK - A small group of pizzeria restaurants based in Wappinger Falls and...more

Stemilt Growers and Ag Services Sued By EEEOC For Sexual Harassment, Retaliation

Federal Agency Alleges Latina Tractor Driver Demoted After Refusing Supervisor's Sexual Advances - SEATTLE -The largest grower of organic tree fruit in the United States, Stemilt Growers, and its integrated business,...more

EEOC Sues Favorite Farms for Sexual Harassment, Including Rape, And Retaliation

Farmworker Sexually Assaulted and Retaliated Against for Reporting the Conduct, Federal Agency Charges in Lawsuit - TAMPA, Fla. - Favorite Farms, Inc., a farming business growing a variety of produce in Dover, Fla.,...more

Hiatt & Mason Enterprises to Pay $35,000 to Settle EEOC Racial Harassment Lawsuit

Black Employee Subjected to Racial Epithets Almost Daily, Federal Agency Charged - MOUNT AIRY, N.C. - Hiatt & Mason Enterprises, Inc., a structural steel erection services company, has agreed to pay $35,000 and provide...more

Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals Decision Lends Further Confusion to Title VII Protections

by Bowditch & Dewey on

In a rather disconnected decision on March 10, the United States Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit ruled, in the case of Evans v. Georgia Regional Hospital, that while Title VII bars an employer from discriminating...more

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