NEWS & ANALYSIS


Biz Groups, Nonprofits Back EEOC Harassment Guidelines

By Emmy Freedman

Several business groups and nonprofits urged a Tennessee federal court to reject a bid from a coalition of Republican state attorneys general to block new guidance from the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, saying the agency's guidelines are necessary for safeguarding LGBTQ+ individuals from workplace harassment.

Dollar General Settles EEOC Age Bias Suit Before Trial

By Grace Elletson

Dollar General has settled a U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission suit alleging the discount store chain allowed a regional manager to harass older district managers, two weeks before the case was scheduled for trial, according to an Oklahoma federal court filing Monday.

Judge Trims Retailer's Defenses In Long COVID EEOC Suit

By Thy Vo

A Colorado federal judge struck several of an appliance retailer's affirmative defenses Wednesday in a U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission lawsuit alleging it wrongfully terminated a worker who asked for more time off to deal with long COVID symptoms.

Staffing Firm To Pay $500K To End EEOC Sex Harassment Suit

By Emmy Freedman

A staffing firm will pay out $500,000 to resolve a U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission suit accusing it of failing to intervene when the female workers it placed at a raisin company reported sexual harassment, according to a filing in California federal court.

Wendy's Franchisee Settles EEOC Suit Over Workforce Data

By Emmy Freedman

A company that operates Wendy's restaurants reached a deal with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to end a suit claiming it shirked its legal responsibility to timely submit its workforce demographic data, a filing in Ohio federal court said.

Call Center Strikes Deal To Exit EEOC Disability Bias Probe

By Emmy Freedman

A Columbus, Ohio, call center will pay $23,000 to resolve an investigation that the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission launched into allegations that the company refused to accommodate an employee with a disability and then placed her on unpaid leave.

Nonprofit To Pay $1M To End EEOC Disability Bias Suit

By Emmy Freedman

A nonprofit that provides career opportunities for individuals with disabilities agreed Friday to pay $1 million to resolve a lawsuit from the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission accusing it of failing to provide sign language interpreters and firing employees who needed to take medical leave.

EEOC Says Claims Of Trans Worker's Harassment Are Valid

By Emmy Freedman

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission urged an Illinois federal court to keep afloat its suit accusing a hog farm of allowing its president and a worker to harass a transgender female employee, saying it put forward enough details to back up its claims.

Staffing Nonprofits To Pay $325K To End EEOC Deaf Bias Suit

By Patrick Hoff

Two Hawaii staffing nonprofits have agreed to pay $325,000 to resolve a U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission suit alleging they refused to provide deaf employees with a sign language interpreter during staff meetings, according to a filing in federal court.

Calif. School District Settles EEOC National Origin Bias Probe

By Benjamin Morse

A California school district agreed to pay $45,000 after a U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission investigation discovered reasonable cause to believe the district refused to promote a vice principal because he is Hispanic, the agency said Thursday. 

Pa. Manufacturer Ends EEOC Sex Harassment Suit

By Grace Elletson

A manufacturing company has struck a $110,000 deal with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to close a Pennsylvania federal court suit alleging it failed to act when two female workers complained they were regularly subjected to sexual comments and unwanted touching.

Calif. Farm To Pay $200K To End EEOC Sex Harassment Suit

By Emmy Freedman

A raspberry farm will pay $200,000 to resolve a suit from the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission accusing it of allowing a male supervisor to sexually harass male and female employees and retaliating against those who spoke up, a filing in California federal court said.

Housekeeping Co. Settles EEOC National Origin Bias Probe

By Emmy Freedman

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission announced Wednesday that it struck a deal with a housekeeping services company to put an end to an investigation into allegations that the company reprimanded workers who spoke Spanish and other languages in the workplace.

Security Co. Cuts Deal To End EEOC Disability Bias Suit

By Emmy Freedman

Security company GardaWorld reached a $37,500 deal with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to resolve its lawsuit accusing the company of wrongly refusing to provide a deaf employee with a sign language interpreter despite the worker's multiple requests, a filing in Florida federal court said.

Grocer, EEOC End Suit Over Snubbed Rastafarian Applicant

By Grace Elletson

A grocery chain has agreed to pay a job hopeful $40,000 to close a U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission suit alleging the company discriminated against his Spiritualist Rastafarian beliefs when it declined to hire him because he refused to cut his dreadlocks.

Co. Denies Deaf Worker's Interpreter Requests, EEOC Says

By Patrick Hoff

Security company GardaWorld refused to provide a deaf employee with a sign language interpreter after it took over a Florida bank location despite the worker's multiple requests, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission told a federal court.

Logistics Co. Says EEOC Didn't Properly Serve It

By Emmy Freedman

A supply chain consulting firm urged a Tennessee federal court to toss a suit that the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission launched accusing it and a staffing company of subjecting female employees to sexual harassment, saying the agency failed to jump through all the hurdles before filing the suit.

EEOC Gets $515K Deal In Disability, Genetic Bias Suit

By Emmy Freedman

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission announced Friday that a pharmacy will pay $515,000 to resolve the agency's lawsuit accusing it of recruiting workers who have hemophilia and pressuring them to let the company take over their prescriptions.

Deal In The Works To End EEOC, Walmart ADA Suit

By Emmy Freedman

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and Walmart alerted a North Carolina federal court that they've nearly reached a deal to resolve the agency's suit accusing the retailer of firing a worker because she couldn't get a doctor's OK to work without restrictions.

EEOC Accuses 2 Employers Of Gender Identity, Gay Bias

By Patrick Hoff

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in federal courts Thursday accused an Alabama hotel of firing an employee because his style didn't conform to male stereotypes and an Illinois flooring company of failing to stop employees from making homophobic remarks, in violation of federal anti-discrimination law.