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Title VII Race Discrimination

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act is a United States federal law enacted in 1964 and aimed at preventing discrimination in the workplace on the basis of race, color, sex, national origin, and religion. Title VII... more +
Title VII of the Civil Rights Act is a United States federal law enacted in 1964 and aimed at preventing discrimination in the workplace on the basis of race, color, sex, national origin, and religion. Title VII has been subsequently extended to discrimination on the basis of pregnancy and sexual stereotypes and to prohibit sexual harassment. Title VII applies to all employers with fifteen or more employees including private employers, state and local governments, and educational institutions.  less -

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

Does Denial of a Lateral Transfer Violate Title VII? In Some Cases, Yes, Says D.C. Circuit.

The federal courts in D.C. have long held that denial of a lateral transfer does not violate Title VII for the reason that, unlike where a promotion is denied, there is no adverse employment action when an employee is denied...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

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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

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

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

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

by Baker Donelson on

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

Denial of Lateral Transfer Adverse Employment Action Under Title VII

Not every action that an employee views as negative can serve as the basis for a claim of discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. In order to state a claim for relief, federal courts have held that the...more

Eighth Circuit Says Racist Comment Not Justification for Terminating Striking Worker

Under most employers’ anti-discrimination and harassment policies, an employee who makes overt racist comments toward a co-worker would likely face termination. In addition to the moral and ethical purposes behind such...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

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

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

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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

Taylor Shellfish to Pay $160,000 To Settle EEOC Racial Harassment Suit

Black Mechanic Forced to Quit After Enduring Slurs, Stereotypes and Retaliation, Says Federal Agency - SEATTLE - The largest producer of farmed shellfish in the United States, Taylor Shellfish, will pay $160,000 and...more

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