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EEOC Ramps up Outreach and Enforcement in FY 2018 to Address Workplace Discrimination

Posted on Friday November 09, 2018

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) responded to a significant increase this past fiscal year in calls, emails and online inquiries concerning potential discrimination claims and high demand for its new Respectful Workplaces Training Program. The increased demand is reflected in over 554,000 calls and emails to the EEOC and more than 200,000 inquiries concerning potential discrimination claims. The launch of a nationwide online inquiry and appointment system as part of the EEOC’s Public Portal resulted in a 30 percent increase in inquiries and over 40,000 intake interviews.

EEOC Sues Lancaster’s BBG& Wings for Racial Harassment And Constructive Discharge

Posted on Wednesday November 07, 2018

Joe’s Old Fashioned Bar-B-Que, Inc., doing business as Lancaster’s BBQ & Wings, a North Carolina corporation, violated federal law when it subjected a black employee to a racially hostile work environment at the company’s Mooresville, N.C., barbeque restaurant, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) charged in a lawsuit filed today.

GB Flowood Operations to Pay $25,000 To Settle EEOC Religious Discrimination Lawsuit

Posted on Wednesday November 07, 2018

GB Flowood Operations, LLC, which operates a Flowood, Miss., restaurant under the name “Georgia Blue,” will pay a former employee $25,000 and furnish other relief to settle a religious discrimination lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the federal agency announced today.

Whole Foods Market to Pay $65,000 To Settle EEOC Disability Suit

Posted on Monday November 05, 2018

Whole Foods Market Group, Inc., doing business as Whole Foods Market, headquartered in Austin, Texas, will pay $65,000 and provide other relief to settle a disability discrimination lawsuit brought by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the federal agency announced today. The EEOC had charged that Whole Foods Market violated federal law by failing to accommodate and firing an employee because of her disability.

Logic Staffing Sued by EEOC For Disability Discrimination

Posted on Thursday November 01, 2018

A Western Washington staffing and recruiting company violated federal law when it refused to consider a qualified job applicant because he is deaf, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) alleged in a lawsuit filed today.

El Vallarta Restaurant Sued for Sexual Harassment

Posted on Thursday November 01, 2018

El Vallarta, a Nebraska restaurant, violated Title VII when it allowed a supervisor and other workers to sexually harass a teenage female employee, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) charged in a lawsuit filed today.

NY Times EEOC News

Feeling Left Out at an Extremely Chummy Workplace

Posted on Friday July 27, 2018

A woman doesn’t want her male colleagues to touch her at work, yet their constant “bro contact” with one another makes her feel almost left out. How should she deal with it?

BakerHostetler EEOC News

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