U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission News

California Jury Rejects Deaf Worker’s Discrimination Suit

A jury in Sacramento, Calif. federal court has decided that a Placer County nonprofit did not discriminate against a deaf employee by failing to provide an American Sign Language interpreter. The Sacramento Bee reported that the jury found that Homeyra …

Illinois Company to Pay $1.7M to Settle Disability Discrimination Charge

Pactiv LLC, an Illinois-based provider of advanced packing solutions to customers around the world, will pay $1,700,000 to settle disability discrimination charge filed with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the agency announced. The EEOC said an investigation found …

National Federation of the Blind Sued for Alleged Religious Discrimination

The National Federation of the Blind, the largest organization of blind and low-vision people in the U.S., violated federal law when it refused to allow an employee to observe his Sabbath and instead terminated him because of his religion, the …

Judgment Against Dallas Firm in Sex Discrimination Case Upheld

A federal judge in Dallas has ordered a physician outsourcing group to end practices of sex discrimination and retaliation, and to report any employee claims of sexual harassment for the next two years. U.S. District Judge Jorge A. Solis made …

Federal Suit Filed on Behalf of Minnesota Transgender Employee

A lawsuit by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission alleges a Minnesota company subjected a transgender employee to sex discrimination. The lawsuit was filed against Shoreview-based Deluxe Financial Services Corp. According to the EEOC, after longtime employee Britney Austin began …

Minnesota Firm Settles Disability Discrimination Claim for $50K

A Minneapolis-based distributor will pay $50,000 to settle a claim that it fired a man after he had a heart attack. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission announced the settlement with Baldwin Supply Co. The lawsuit alleged that Baldwin Supply …

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 …

Judge: Honeywell May Penalize Minnesota Workers Who Refuse Health Tests

A federal judge in Minnesota has ruled that Honeywell Inc. could begin penalizing workers who refuse to take medical or biometric tests. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission had asked the judge to block the program. But U.S. District Judge …

$180,000 Deal Reached by Walgreens, Diabetic Employee

Drugstore chain Walgreens has agreed to pay $180,000 to a diabetic employee who was fired after eating a $1.39 bag of chips before paying for it during what she said was an attack of low blood sugar, federal officials said. …

EEOC Sues N.Y. Health Firm for Religious Discrimination

A Syosset, N.Y.-based health network violated federal law when it forced employees to take part in religious activities in the workplace and fired employees who opposed such activities, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) charged in a lawsuit. Such …