EEOC Settles Discrimination Suits Against Atlas Energy, Gulf Logistics, Party City, Safeway, and St. Thomas Health

Posted on April 25, 2019, Employment Law

Earlier this week, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced that, since April 18, it has reached settlement agreements with five separate companies facing allegations of discriminatory employment practices. As a result of these settlements, the five defendants will pay a combined total of $415,000 to resolve various claims involving disability, religious, or age […]

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Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Texas to Pay $75,000 to Settle EEOC Disability Discrimination Allegations

Posted on March 25, 2019, Employment Law

On March 19, 2019, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced that it has reached a settlement with Dallas, Texas-based BlueCross/Blue Shield of Texas (BCBS), over disability discrimination allegations. The EEOC filed suit alleging that BC/BS violated the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) when it failed to provide a reasonable accommodation to a job […]

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EEOC Proposes Rules to Update Its Digital Charge System

Posted on February 26, 2019, Employment Law

On February 22, 2019, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking announcing its intention to update its online charge system. The 60-day public comment period has begun, and stakeholders will have until April 23, 2019 to provide comments that the EEOC will consider before issuing its final rule. The […]

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Seventh Circuit Holds that Age Discrimination Law Does Not Apply to Job Applicants

Posted on January 28, 2019, Employment Law

The Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) is a federal statute that makes it illegal for an employer to discriminate against its employees on the basis of age. Specifically, the ADEA prohibits employers from providing disparate treatment to employees who are 40 years old and older compared to how the employer treats younger employees. In […]

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Louisiana Employer Agrees to Pay $110,000 to Resolve EEOC Retaliation Case

Posted on December 27, 2018, Employment Law

On December 20, 2018, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced that a Louisiana credit union will pay $110,000 to settle allegations that it violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. The suit was brought by Connie Fields-Meaux, who was the former branch manager of the Lafayette Schools Federal Credit Union (now known […]

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EEOC Announces a 50 Percent Increase in Lawsuits Alleging Sexual Harassment

Posted on November 22, 2018, Employment Law

On October 31, 2018, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) released final fiscal year 2018 data showing increases in various actions alleging sexual harassment. Specifically, the EEOC’s data shows a 13.6 percent increase in charges of discrimination alleging sexual harassment, and a 50 percent increase in lawsuits alleging sexual harassment. Additionally, the EEOC reported […]

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Fourth Circuit Revives Employer’s Claims for Retaliation Over Supervisor’s Alleged Abuse

Posted on July 30, 2018, Employment Law

The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals recently issued an opinion reversing summary judgment for the employer and allowing an employee’s claims for retaliation in connection with reporting her supervisor’s abuse to proceed to trial. The case was Strothers v. City of Laurel, Maryland. The plaintiff in the case is Felicia Strothers, an African-American woman who […]

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South Carolina Company to Pay $53,000 to Settle EEOC Religious Discrimination Allegations

Posted on June 26, 2018, Employment Law

On June 20, 2018, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced that it has reached a settlement with J.C. Witherspoon, a South Carolina-based logging company, over religious discrimination allegations. The EEOC charged that J.C. Witherspoon violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act when it fired a truck driver after refusing to accommodate his […]

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U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Class Action Waivers as Enforceable

Posted on May 30, 2018, Business Litigation Employment Law

On May 21, 2018, the United States Supreme Court, in a 5-4 decision in Epic Systems Corp. v. Lewis, held that arbitration agreements containing class action waivers are enforceable and do not violate the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). This decision resolved three separate cases before the Court that all involved plaintiff-employees who had pursued […]

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Sixth Circuit Holds That Title VII Protections Extend to Transgender or Transitioning Individuals

Posted on April 19, 2018, Employment Law

In an opinion issued last month, the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit (which covers Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and Tennessee) held that the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) was permitted to pursue a Title VII claim on the ground that an employer discriminated against an employee on the basis of the employee’s […]

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