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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

Full Eleventh Circuit Declines to Revisit Meaning of Race Under Title VII

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits race discrimination in employment, but it does not define what race means. Over the past decade, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has shifted its definition of...more

Court rules employee’s termination not in retaliation for repeated complaints

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In a recent case in federal court in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Carissa Nealis, a white woman and account executive for CoxCom, LLC, made a retaliation claim based on her reports of a coworker being treated unfairly....more

Trick or Treat? Employee Claims Discrimination After Attending Office Halloween Party

Before you send out that next office-wide invite to a “holiday” party, think twice. Carmelite Lofton has sued her employer, BSN Sports, LLC—a Texas uniform and equipment retailer—when things turned sour after she was forced...more

Local 100, United Labor Unions to Pay $30,000 to Settle EEOC Race Discrimination Lawsuit

Union Fired Two Black Organizers Due to Race, Federal Agency Charged - HOUSTON - Local 100 of the United Labor Unions, a multi-state service workers' union, has agreed to pay $30,000 in lost wages and damages to settle a...more

Reliable Nissan Agrees to Settle EEOC Race, Religion and National Origin Harassment Case

Minority Employees Were Subjected to Degrading Slurs and Innuendos - ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Reliable Inc., doing business as Reliable Nissan, along with other entities involved in operating the Albuquerque car dealership,...more

EEOC Sues Aqua America for Racial Harassment and Retaliation

Water Company Fired Foreman Because He Complained About Racial Slurs, Federal Agency Charges - PHILADELPHIA - Aqua America, Inc., doing business as, Aqua Resources Inc., a Pennsylvania-based water company, violated...more

Tick, Tock….The EEOC Runs Out The Clock – Fiscal Year 2017 Marks A Last Minute Return To Frantic Filing

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: With uncertain times and profound changes anticipated for the EEOC, employers anxiously await what enforcement litigation the EEOC has in store. Although 2016 showed a marked decline in filings, fiscal year...more

New 'Digest of EEO Law' Issued by EEOC

Includes Key Federal Sector Decisions, Special Article on Race Discrimination in the 21st Century Workplace WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) today announced the latest edition of its...more

Floyd’s Equipment Sued for Racial Harassment and Retaliation

Sikeston Contractor Demoted and Then Fired Employee for Complaining About Racial Slurs, Federal Agency Charges ST. LOUIS - A Sikeston, Mo., contractor violated federal law when it subjected an employee to racial harassment...more

EEOC Sues Pape Material Handling for Widespread National Origin Harassment

National Company Allowed Slurs and Other Offensive Conduct, Federal Agency Charge FRESNO, Calif. - Pape Material Handling, Inc., a nationwide company that sells, rents, and services forklift products, violated federal law...more

EEOC Sues Birmingham Beverage For Race Discrimination

Beverage Wholesaler and Distributor Refused to Promote Black Employees to Route Sales Positions, Federal Agency Charges - BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Birmingham Beverage Co. Inc., dba AlaBev, a Delaware corporation headquartered in...more

EEOC Sues Whataburger for Retaliation against Manager Who Refused to Hire Only White Applicants

Tallahassee Restaurant Manager Was Told to Consider Only Applications That 'Sounded White,' Federal Agency Charges - TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Fast food restaurant giant Whataburger Restaurants LLC violated federal law when it...more

EEOC Sues Rosebud Restaurants for Sexual Harassment and Retaliation

Server Was Sexually Harassed and Fired After Complaining About Harassment and Racial Slurs Against African-Americans, Federal Agency Alleges - CHICAGO - Chicago company Rosebud Restaurants violated federal civil rights...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

EEOC Sues the Village at Hamilton Pointe and TLC Management for Race Discrimination

Nursing Home Subjected Black Employees to Harassment and Made Race-Based Job Assignments, Federal Agency Charges - INDIANAPOLIS - An Evansville nursing home violated federal law when it acceded to its residents'...more

No Hablas Español… No Tiene Un Trabajo: The EEOC’s Battle Against Non-Hispanic Discrimination

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Seyfarth Synopsis: The EEOC has filed a class action against an employer on behalf of “non-Hispanic job applicants,” alleging that the employer’s practice of only hiring Spanish-speaking applicants, and policy of using...more

EEOC Sues City Sports for Race And National Origin Discrimination

Sports Fashion Chain Refused to Hire or Promote African-Americans and Hispanics Into Management Positions and Harassed Black Employees, Federal Agency Charges - CHICAGO - City Sports, a chain of sports fashion stores with...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

Employers Take Note: Seventh Circuit Widens Scope of EEOC's Right to Investigate

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Earlier this month, in EEOC v. Union Pacific Railroad, No. 15-3452, F.3d (7th Cir. Aug. 15, 2017), the Seventh Circuit issued a decision regarding the scope of the EEOC's right to investigate. It determined that neither the...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

Seventh Circuit: EEOC May Continue Investigation After Dismissal of Private Lawsuit

The Seventh Circuit recently concluded that the EEOC’s investigative powers do not end when a lawsuit related to the originating charge ends. EEOC v. Union Pacific, No. 15-cv-3452 (Aug. 15, 2017)....more

Google and Charlottesville Events Raise Questions for Companies Regarding Employee Political Views

Two recent major news stories again involve the intersection of politics with employment law. In the first matter, Google fired a programmer after he posted an internal document criticizing the company’s diversity...more

“I Got the Power!” – EEOC’s Investigatory Power Trumps Dismissal of Discrimination Claim in Federal Court

Can the EEOC keep investigating a claim after it has issued a right to sue letter? What about after the charging party has already filed a lawsuit and lost at the summary judgment stage? The U.S. Court of Appeals for the...more

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