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EEOC Announces High-Level Staff Appointment

Posted on Tuesday May 21, 2019

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has announced the appointment of Brett A. Brenner as the associate director of the Office of Communica­tions and Legislative Affairs (OCLA), a key Senior Executive Service mana­gerial position at the agency.

EEOC Sues GRK Fresh Greek for Sexual Harassment

Posted on Monday May 20, 2019

GRK Fresh Greek, a restaurant chain with four stores in New York City, violated federal law by subjecting female employees to groping, grinding and lascivious comments, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) charged in a lawsuit filed today.

Corizon Health / Corizon LLC to Pay $950,000 to Settle Nationwide EEOC Disability Discrimination Lawsuit

Posted on Thursday May 16, 2019

Corizon Health Inc. and Corizon LLC have agreed to pay $950,000 and provide other significant relief in a public consent decree to settle a lawsuit brought by the U.S. Equal Employ­ment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the federal agency announced today. The Corizon companies provide health care in jails and corrections facilities across the nation, including Arizona.

Danny’s Of Jackson, LLC. To Pay More Than $3.3 Million in EEOC Race Discrimination Case

Posted on Thursday May 16, 2019

A Mississippi federal court jury yesterday returned a verdict in favor of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and five black dancers who were subjected to egregious race discrimination while employed by Danny’s of Jackson, LLC (Danny’s), doing business as Danny’s Downtown Cabaret, a Jackson, Mississippi night club. The verdicts included $1.5 million in punitive damages $1.68 million in compensatory damages, and $130,550 in backpay.

Janet Dhillon Becomes Chair of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Posted on Wednesday May 15, 2019

Janet Dhillon was sworn in today as the Chair of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) by Acting Chair Victoria A. Lipnic. She will serve as the 16th Chair of the EEOC. Dhillon was first nominated by President Donald J. Trump on June 29, 2017 and confirmed on May 8, 2019. Her term will end on July 1, 2022.

Pape Material Handling to Pay $650,000 to Settle EEOC National Origin Harassment Lawsuit

Posted on Tuesday May 14, 2019

Pape Material Handling, Inc., a nationwide company that sells, rents, and services forklift products, will pay $650,000 to settle a harassment lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the federal agency announced today. This settlement was approved by the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California.

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State Court Asked to ‘Weigh In’ on Whether Obesity Constitutes an Impairment Under Anti-Discrimination Law

Posted on Tuesday October 16, 2018

On Sept. 17, 2018, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals certified to the Washington Supreme Court the question of whether obesity qualifies as an “impairment” and thus a “disability” under the state’s anti-discrimination law. The case, titled Casey Taylor, et al. v. Burlington Northern Railroad Holdings Inc., et al., Case No. 16-35205 (9th Cir. Sept....… Continue Reading

Lessons Learned From the EEOC’s First Parental Leave Lawsuit

Posted on Monday August 20, 2018

In the U.S., many employers’ parental-leave programs prioritize birth mothers and offer limited benefits to fathers, adoptive parents, foster parents and LGBT parents. In 2015, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued Enforcement Guidance for Pregnancy Discrimination and Related Issues, which includes parental leave policies. However, not all employers have followed this guidance. Consequently, just...… Continue Reading

EEOC Issues New Enforcement Guidance On National Origin Discrimination

Posted on Thursday December 01, 2016

On Nov. 21, 2016, the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued updated enforcement guidance on national origin discrimination for the first time in 14 years. Some may speculate whether this has anything to do with increased ethnic tensions in the wake of the presidential campaign and election results. Some also recognize that in...… Continue Reading

Drawing the Line on Leave Policies for Employees With Disabilities

Posted on Thursday August 04, 2016

Within the past three months, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has secured nearly $9 million from companies that have committed violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) by discriminating against and firing employees with disabilities who requested medical leave or exhausted their allotted medical leave to address those disabilities. For example, on...… Continue Reading