EEOC News

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 …

More Workers Claiming Job Discrimination Over Language, Accents

More people in the workforce are claiming discrimination over their English-speaking ability or foreign accents, according to federal officials. Workplace discrimination complaints based on national origin — which often involve language ability — rose by 76 percent from 1997 to …

Court Rules Employers Must Reassign Disabled Workers to Vacant Jobs

A federal appeals court has revived an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission lawsuit against United Airlines Inc., and said U.S. law generally requires employers to reassign disabled workers to vacant jobs for which they are qualified. Friday’s decision by the 7th …

Federal Government’s Employment Discrimination Complaints, Payments Fall

Federal employees and applicants filed 16,974 complaints of employment discrimination in fiscal year 2011, down about 3.5 percent from 2010. The U.S. government paid monetary benefits to complainants totaling $43.5 million in FY 2011, down 7.3 percent from the $46.9 …

Government Sends Message by ‘Super-Sizing’ Employment Bias Cases

It started with allegations of hangman’s nooses, graffiti and racist comments targeting a handful of black workers at a trucking company warehouse in Chicago Ridge, Ill. Four years later, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission had turned the case into a …