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EEOC Challenges Employee Wellness Penalties in Suit Against Honeywell

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has sued Honeywell International Inc. to stop the company from imposing penalties on employees who refuse to undergo testing under its corporate wellness program. The lawsuit is the third case since August filed by …

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 …

Supreme Court May Get ‘Disparate Impact’ Housing Case

It’s not easy to prevent the Supreme Court from deciding an issue once the justices have agreed to hear a case. But over the past two years, civil rights advocates have managed to do just that by coaxing settlements in …

How IBM Handles Age Disclosure, Employee Privacy, Job Bias Claims

For at least a decade, International Business Machines Corp. gave fired employees information detailing a severance package that asked them to waive age- discrimination claims and also included a page listing the job titles and ages of workers being let …

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 …

Court Reinstates Pay Bias Suit Against North Carolina’s Family Dollar

A federal appeals court last week reinstated a lawsuit against North Carolina-based Family Dollar that says female managers were paid less than male store managers. A panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Va., overturned a …

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 …

West Virginia Court Supports Lesbian’s Bias Claim in Lost Job Offer

A jury in West Virginia’s Kanawha County  has concluded that members of a Charleston after school program rescinded a job offer to a woman after they discovered she is a lesbian. The jurors reached their verdict Friday night after a …

2 Women File Federal Discrimination Suit Against NE Kansas DA

Two former employees have filed a federal lawsuit against Shawnee County, Kansas, District Attorney Chad Taylor alleging they were wrongfully terminated for raising issues about race and gender discrimination. The Topeka Capital-Journal reported that Krystal Boxum-Debolt of Lawrence and Lisa …

Wal-Mart Employees in Florida Claim Gender Bias in Lawsuit

Three female Wal-Mart Stores Inc. employees have filed a lawsuit in South Florida claiming the retail giant discriminates against women in areas such as wages and promotion opportunities The potential class-action lawsuit filed last week in federal court is at …