EEOC News

U.S. Employment Discrimination Settlements, Cases Down from Last Year

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) says it “fought hard to overcome extraordinary fiscal constraints and operational challenges” during the 2014 fiscal year because of sequestration and the government shutdown. Yet the agency, which enforces federal laws prohibiting employment …

Maryland Firm to Pay $415K to Settle EEOC Discrimination Suit

A Maryland-based environmental remediation services contractor will pay $415,000 and provide comprehensive equitable relief to resolve a U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) race, gender discrimination and harassment lawsuit, the federal agency announced on Nov. 13. The EEOC had charged …

EEOC Investigating Mandatory Retirement Age for Law Firm Partners

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is investigating whether mandatory retirement provisions at Deloitte LLP violate federal employment law. The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the trade association for the profession, entered the fray yesterday, essentially urging the EEOC to …

EEOC Suits Against Employers Allege Transgender Bias

A funeral home and an eye clinic that fired employees who had changed their sex from male to female were sued last week as the U.S. government filed its first-ever federal lawsuits for transgender discrimination. The cases could lay the …

What EEOC Reports It Accomplished in FY 2013

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) reported it obtained a record $372.1 million in monetary relief for victims of private sector workplace discrimination in FY 2013. This is $6.7 million more than was recovered last year, and the highest …

California Fruit Producer Faces Federal Sex Harassment Suit

A federal lawsuit has been filed charging that a central California dried fruit producer subjected its female workers to ongoing sexual harassment. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is suing Madera-based company Z Foods and Zoria Farms alleging they unlawfully …

EPLI in Southern California Playing ‘Hard’ to Get

Employment practices in California is a known and growing concern for insurers, agents and employers, and that concern has some carriers ramping up rates dramatically or quietly pulling back from the area, say those familiar with the region’s market. “Employment …

U.S. Sues BMW, Dollar General Over Use of Criminal Records in Hiring

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed lawsuits this week against discount retailer Dollar General Corp. and a BMW manufacturing plant in South Carolina over their use of criminal background checks to screen out job applicants or fire employees. In both …

Cap Forces Judge to Slash Landmark $240M EEOC Verdict to $1.6M

A judge has slashed a landmark $240 million verdict to $1.6 million for 32 mentally disabled workers in Iowa who suffered years of abuse by their caretakers. U.S. Senior Judge Charles Wolle entered judgment against Henry’s Turkey Service of Goldthwaite, …

Oregon Company Pays $180K To Settle Equal Employment Opportunity Commission says Complaint

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission says an Oregon-based construction company will pay $180,000 to a pair of former employees who were subject to racial taunts on a Salt Lake City work site. The EEOC says a construction foreman for …