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Seyfarth Synopsis: A Maryland federal district court recently found that a successor employer could be liable in an EEOC lawsuit for its predecessor's alleged employment discrimination. For employers, this decision is a cautionary tale — the lesson being that liability for claims of employment discrimination ...
Read the EEOC complaint filed by former Twin Peaks employees. Former employees at the Twin Peaks restaurant in Orland Park filed a sex discrimination charge with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission against the company. Portions of the charge have been removed to protect privacy. Twin Peaks EEOC ...

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed a lawsuit this week against an affiliate of Ashley Furniture Industries Inc. involving its Advance distribution operations. ... According to the EEOC complaint, Welch applied for a position as a yard driver at the Ashley Distribution Services in July 2016.
It was that spirit of answering to the public, Ms. Lipnic said, that propelled her into the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission during a time when the agency has quietly pushed the boundaries on what qualifies as discrimination, expanding protections for workers based on sexual orientation and ...
“We are troubled by Ms. Gustafson's evasive answers regarding the rights of LGBT workers, as well as the limited knowledge of the EEOC's landmark cases and ongoing litigation that she professes to have during her hearing” before the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions ...
The EEOC has added additional full-time staff to address the backlog of emails from employers requesting technical assistance with their EEO-1 forms. (Photo: Shutterstock). At the request of employers needing technical assistance, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has extended the filing ...

Law360 (April 24, 2018, 10:12 PM EDT) -- BNSF Railway Co. slapped the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission with a lawsuit in Texas federal court Tuesday, alleging that the agency flouted the Americans with Disabilities Act by sending individuals right to sue notices based on an illegitimate charge from a ...
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has proposed the Michigan Department of Corrections create a new "victim advocate" position and step up its sexual harassment training after determining the state agency violated the civil rights of one of its female employees. The EEOC also has ...
“Resolution of disputes without litigation is an important part of the lawyer's job, just as it is an important part of the EEOC's function,” she said before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee April 10. As general counsel of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Gustafson ...
Those complaints were just a few of the nearly 7,000 sexual harassment reports against employers that were reviewed in 2017 by the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), which enforces federal civil rights laws. Sexual harassment at work is a form of illegal gender discrimination under ...
On February 1, 2018, a federal judge enjoined the EEOC and U.S. Attorney General from enforcing against the State of Texas the EEOC's 2012 Enforcement Guidance on the Consideration of Arrest and Conviction Records in Employment Decisions Under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (the ...
A Tennessee nursing home fired a laundry technician rather than accommodate her request for time off to cope with an anxiety disorder, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission charges in a new lawsuit. Federal officials allege the HealthCare Center at West Meade Place hired the employee in ...
... Home Group, LLC (Heritage Home), a North Carolina corporation that designs, manufactures, sources and retails home furnishings, violated federal law when it denied a reasonable accommodation to one of its employees and then fired him, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) ...
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has reached settlements in the past week with two companies over alleged violations in Maryland of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The first settlement is was with Plastipak Packaging, Inc, a plastics manufacturing company which will pay ...
In fiscal year 2017, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) received 84,254 workplace discrimination charges, it has announced. It resolved 99,109 charges, however, reducing its charge backlog by 16% to 61,621 — the lowest level of inventory in ten years, it says. EEOC said the ...
Retaliation charges accounted for the largest number of charges filed with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in fiscal year 2017 for the seventh consecutive year, according to enforcement and litigation statistics released by the agency Thursday. But the overall number of charges filed ...
Volvo Group North America has settled a federal lawsuit brought by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission for disability discrimination, the agency reported. The manufacturer will pay $70,000 plus provide other equitable relief to remedy conduct that violated the Americans with Disabilities Act, the ...

Aarons, Inc., a nationwide chain of rent-to-own stores, violated federal law when supervisors engaged in race-based harassment of Black employees, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) charged in a lawsuit it filed last month. According to the EEOC's complaint, Aarons subjected ...
Law360, New York (January 18, 2018, 9:44 PM EST) -- Two IHOP restaurant operators say the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has not met its obligations to discuss and remedy claims that several employees were subjected to a sexually hostile work environment, urging an Illinois federal judge Wednesday to ...
Law360, New York (January 17, 2018, 3:08 PM EST) -- The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on Tuesday asked the D.C. federal judge who rejected its rules for incentivizing workplace wellness programs to revise his order for replacement rules, arguing he does not have the power to set the agency's ...
[caption id="attachment_6241" align="alignnone" width="620"] AARP headquarters in Washington, D.C. Credit: Diego M. Radzinschi / NLJ [/caption] The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission told a federal judge Tuesday it may take a “wait and see” approach to forming new corporate "wellness ...
Mission Hospital, Inc., a North Carolina corporation based in Asheville and the main hospital of Mission Health System, has agreed to pay $89,000 and furnish other relief to settle a religious discrimination lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the agency announced ...
Their attorney Ann Olivarius added if the alleged behaviors in the EEOC complaint don't fall under what is considered sexual harassment, what does? Some of those filing the complaint believe the findings in the report were the result of what they say was millions of dollars the school paid to conduct the ...
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently issued its draft strategic plan for fiscal years (FY) 2018-2022. Because the strategic plan outlines the agency's priorities for enforcing anti-discrimination laws in the upcoming years, employers can learn a great deal about the types of ...
When a federal court asked the EEOC to reconsider its rules on wellness incentives under the ADA and GINA, it expected the agency to move swiftly with ... In other words, the way the EEOC's current regs are written allow for involuntary programs that could put workers at risk of being discriminated against, ...
At a time when workplace harassment is in the news regularly, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is on the verge of releasing new guidelines for employers. An EEOC workplace harassment task force issued a report in mid-2016. That led to the EEOC issuing draft guidance on harassment in ...
Montrose Memorial Hospital of Montrose, Colorado, has agreed to pay $400,000 to settle an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) age discrimination lawsuit. EEOC charged the hospital with violating federal law by firing or forcing 29 employees ages 40 and older to resign. The agency said ...
It's back to the drawing board for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, which has until August to issue a new notice of proposed rulemaking on workplace wellness plans under a Dec. 20 ruling in federal court. The decision by U.S. District Court Judge John D. Bates, part of a lawsuit against the ...
Law360, New York (January 2, 2018, 6:14 PM EST) -- The Tenth Circuit has rejected the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's bid for a new trial against a United Airlines subcontractor at the Denver International Airport that it accused of discriminating against Muslim women who wore headscarves, saying the ...
It's back to the drawing board for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, which has until August to issue a new notice of proposed rulemaking on workplace wellness plans under a Dec. 20 ruling in federal court. The decision by U.S. District Court Judge John D. Bates, part of a lawsuit against the ...
As we size up the 2018 agendas of federal enforcement agencies, one item to watch out for is whether the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission will expand or scale back on class and systemic discrimination litigation. In its draft strategic plan for fiscal years 2018-2022, the EEOC admits that ...
A judge ordered the EEOC to revisit and revise its wellness programs rule this past summer but no timeline was established. (Photo: Shutterstock). Regulations put in place by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to address employer wellness programs under the Americans with Disabilities Act ...
In a surprise move, President Donald Trump on Dec. 11 nominated Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) Commissioner and gay rights activist Chai Feldblum to serve a third term on the commission. The Senate has not yet confirmed two of his other nominees, Republicans Janet Dhillon and ...
Are you curious as to what the EEOC has been up to in the past year? The wait is over — in its 2017 Enforcement and Litigation Data released last week, the EEOC identified the volume and types of workplace discrimination charges keeping its staff busy during FY2017 (ending in September 2017).
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed a federal lawsuit against an international staffing company, alleging that it allowed a manager at the Procter & Gamble plant in Kansas City, Kan., to repeatedly sexually harass female workers. The EEOC lawsuit, filed in federal court in KCK, alleges ...
The right to communicate with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is protected by federal law. In fact, the EEOC's Strategic Enforcement Plan identifies “preserving access to the legal system” as one of its six enforcement priorities. Recently, one employer learned that a letter from its ...
The EEOC has presented evidence in the case, EEOC v. Maryland Insurance Administration (Case Number 16-2408), suggesting that the agency paid three former fraud investigators who are women less than it paid four former fraud investigators with comparable credentials and experience who are men.
A federal appeals court has overturned a lower court ruling and reinstated an Equal Pay Act lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission against Maryland's insurance regulator on the basis male employees were paid more than women, in a divided opinion. The dissenting opinion ...
The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia has vacated the incentive portions of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's (EEOC) wellness program rules under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA). The AARP had filed suit, ...
BALTIMORE - Dependable Health Services Inc., a health care staffing agency, will pay $38,000 and furnish significant equitable relief to settle a disability discrimination lawsuit brought by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the federal agency announced today. According to the ...
According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the old way of conducting sexual harassment training isn't as effective as companies may hope. "If I only tell you how to have a safe workplace on the first day of orientation, the likelihood that we're going to have workplace accidents is probably ...
Rochester, N.Y. – A federal lawsuit has been filed by nine professors and students against the University of Rochester, President Joel Seligman and Provost Robert Clark. The lawsuit, filed Friday, follows an EEOC complaint alleging sexual misconduct by Professor Florian Jaeger and the University's ...
Keynote speaker at Equality Virginia's second annual “Virginia Competes” luncheon held at the Tower Club in Tysons last week was Virginia Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) commissioner Chai R. Feldblum, the first openly lesbian commissioner and fourth with a disability to serve on ...
The lawsuit comes after a fall semester that saw campus outrage over a 111-page legal complaint filed with the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and first reported in Mother Jones. That complaint detailed how UR, through two investigations, left Professor T. Florian Jaeger untouched ...
The National Women's Law Center and the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement sued the Office of Management and Budget and the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, among others, for their decision to block an Obama-era measure that would have required companies with 100 ...
... the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is going digital — and that's helping the federal agency make a dent in its backlog of charges. Tens of thousands of complaints are filed annually to the agency, which is responsible for enforcing workplace discrimination. But over the years, the EEOC has ...
There were 667 sexual harassment complaints filed with the EEOC by workers employed in the arts, entertainment and recreation industries from 2005-15, according to the latest data provided by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, but the federal agency charged with preventing workplace ...
Settles EEOC National Origin Suit ... agreed to pay $335,000 to settle allegations by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission that it ...
The EEOC has issued a report on best practices against harassment in the workplace, identifying those practices as committed and engaged ...
Thomas M. Colclough, Deputy District Director of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) Charlotte District, spoke on October ...


 

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