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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

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

Dear Littler: Can We Discipline An Employee Who "Took a Knee" During the Anthem?

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Dear Littler: I work for a prominent company in a small city here in the Hoosier State, and we are very involved in our local community. We sponsor a corporate softball team, and last night one of our team members “took a...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

DOJ Filing Lawsuits Against U.S. Companies Allegedly Discriminating Against Americans

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The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced on Sept. 28, 2017, that the newly formed Immigrant and Employee Rights Section (IER) of the Civil Rights Division filed a lawsuit against an agricultural producer headquartered...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 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

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

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

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

Words Matter: The Third Circuit Clarifies That a Single Racial Slur in the Workplace May Be Enough to State a Hostile Work...

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: Telling African-American employees “that if they had ‘n—– rigged’ the fence, they would be fired” may be enough, standing alone, to state a hostile work environment claim....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

Employment Law Commentary, August 2017, Volume 29, Issue 8

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

The Third Circuit has recently taken steps to resolve inconsistent precedent regarding the standard for pleading hostile work environment harassment. In Castleberry v. STI Group, decided in July, the Third Circuit held for...more

Chris Lazarini Comments on Direct vs. Circumstantial Evidence in Discrimination Case

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

Bass, Berry & Sims attorney Chris Lazarini commented on a case in which a former financial advisor of JPMS claimed his employment was terminated based on racial discrimination. Through application of the three-part burden...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

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

Life University Sued By EEOC for Race Discrimination and Retaliation

Two Black Employees Targeted for Discipline Because of Their Race, Then Fired for Complaining About Discrimination, Federal Agency Charges - ATLANTA - Life University, Inc., the largest chiropractic college in the United...more

Discrimination claims against Bass Pro result in $10.5 million settlement and serve as reminder to other employers

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

Last month, a federal court in Texas approved a settlement between the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and Bass Pro Outdoor World LLC in a lawsuit filed by the EEOC that alleged widespread hiring discrimination...more

One Racial Slur is One Too Many, Rules Third Circuit

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Is a single racial slur by an employee’s supervisor enough to create a hostile work environment under § 1981 of the Civil Rights Act of 1866?  The answer is yes according to the Third Circuit Court of Appeal’s decision in...more

A Word To The Wise: Castleberry v. STI Group And The Expansion Of Liability For Hostile Work Environments

In David Lynch’s film Dune, a character proclaims that the protagonist “can kill with a word.” Although not quite as dramatic, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit recently held that an employer can...more

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

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

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

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

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

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