U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission News

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 …

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 …

Fired Oregon Officer Sues: Alcoholism Was A Disability

A police officer fired for driving drunk in an unmarked police car while off-duty has filed a $6 million lawsuit against the city of Gresham, Ore. the police chief and others, alleging his rights were violated under the Americans with …

Nevada Firm Pays $70k in Suit Over Pregnant Worker

A government contractor at the Hawthorne Army Depot in northern Nevada has agreed to pay $70,000 to settle a lawsuit over the firing of a pregnant woman and her husband. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission announced the settlement Monday …

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 …

EEOC Updates Best Practices for Using Criminal Records in Hiring

Recognizing that technology has changed hiring procedures and also that more people are coming in contact with the criminal justice system, the federal government has updated its guidelines for employers who use arrest and conviction records in their hiring decisions …