Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) News

McDonald’s Franchise Owner Consents to $1.6M Settlement of Sex Harassment Suit

Coughlin, Inc., a Vermont-based company that owns 10 McDonald’s franchise restaurants in Vermont and New Hampshire, will pay $1,600,000 and furnish other relief to settle a sex discrimination and retaliation lawsuit filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the …

EEOC Addresses When COVID-19 May Be a Disability Requiring Accommodation

An applicant or employee whose COVID-19 results in mild symptoms that resolve in a few weeks—with no other consequences—will not have a disability that could make someone eligible to receive a reasonable accommodation, according to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission …

Alabama Beverage Firm Pays $800K to Settle Racial Discrimination Claims

A beverage distributor that operates across Alabama and played a role in the state’s craft beer craze agreed to pay more than $800,000 to settle claims that it discriminated against Black employees for years by denying them jobs and promotions …

OSHA Prepares to Issue Emergency Regulations to Protect Workers from COVID-19

Mask mandates are coming down across the country, even as COVID cases are rising in most states. But the Biden administration appears poised to reinstate masking and other social distancing rules for recalcitrant governors — at least in the workplace. …

EEOC Probes Facebook for ‘Systemic’ Racial Bias in Employment Practices: Reuters

A U.S. agency investigating Facebook Inc. for racial bias in hiring and promotions has designated the probe as “systemic,” attorneys for three job applicants and a manager who claim the company discriminated against them told Reuters on Friday. A “systemic” …

Top Workplace Discrimination Complaints of 2020: Retaliation #1

More than half of all workplace discrimination complaints filed with the U.S. involve retaliation, according to figures from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). Retaliation was the most frequently cited claim in charges filed with the agency—accounting for 55.8 percent …

Trump EEOC Rule Aims to Slow Workplace Discrimination Lawsuits

The leader of the U.S. workplace anti-discrimination agency is pursuing a policy shift that could slow litigation against companies long after President-Elect Joe Biden takes office. Janet Dhillon, the chair of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, has recently circulated a …

Minnesota Trucking Firm to Pay $165K to Settle Federal Retaliation Lawsuit

A Minnesota-based transportation company will pay $165,000 and furnish other relief to settle a retaliation case, federal officials say. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) sued Stan Koch & Sons Trucking Inc. after the company refused to rehire a former …

Employees Reporting Harassment Suffer Retaliation for Complaining: Time’s Up Study

Three years into the #MeToo movement, there may be more awareness around workplace sexual harassment. But a new report finds that almost three-quarters of people reporting such harassment suffer from retaliation if they complain. More than 7 out of 10 …

Union Pacific to Pay $260K to Settle Disability Discrimination Lawsuit

Union Pacific Railroad Co. will pay $260,000 and furnish other relief to settle a disability discrimination lawsuit in a case involving a former employee at Ogilvie Transportation Center in Chicago. In the lawsuit, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) alleged …