Equal Employment Opportunity Commission News

Supreme Court: EEOC Must Try Conciliation with Businesses Before Litigation

The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday buoyed companies facing the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission over potential accusations of discrimination. In a unanimous ruling, the justices said courts have the power to enforce the statutory requirement that the EEOC try to …

Farmers Sued by Female Employee Attorney for Alleged Discrimination

A class-action lawsuit against Farmers Insurance on behalf of female attorney employees was filed on Wednesday in federal court, alleging the insurance giant has discriminatory policies and practices. The suit accuses Los Angeles, Calif.-based Farmers of unlawfully paying its female …

EEOC Alleges Maryland Insurance Administration Violated Equal Pay Act

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has filed a lawsuit against the Maryland Insurance Administration (MIA), alleging that Maryland’s insurance regulatory agency paid its women investigators and enforcement officers lower wages compared to their male counterparts for performing substantially …

EEOC Issues Rules for Employee Wellness Program Incentives

U.S. employers can reward workers with as much 30 percent of the cost of their health insurance benefits in return for participation in programs to monitor weight, cholesterol and other “wellness” measures, the Obama administration said Thursday. Honeywell International Inc., …

EEOC Invites Public Comment on Employment Regulations

Those wishing to tell the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) what they think of the agency’s existing regulations are being given the opportunity. The EEOC, which enforces laws on employment discrimination, has invited the public to comment on  “significant existing …

Top 10 Employment Discrimination Claims

While charges of employment discrimination against employers are declining overall, claims alleging retaliation against an employee for involvement in a complaint reached a record high in fiscal year 2014. According to an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) review of the …

Chicago Board of Education Faces Pregnancy Discrimination Lawsuit

The Justice Department has filed a lawsuit against the Chicago Board of Education, alleging that the board discriminated against pregnant teachers at Scammon Elementary School by subjecting them to adverse personnel actions, including termination in some instances, after they announced …

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 …

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 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 …