NEWS & ANALYSIS


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.

Brewpub Reaches $115K Deal To Exit EEOC Retaliation Suit

By Emmy Freedman

A restaurant and brewery agreed Thursday to pay $115,000 to resolve a lawsuit from the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission accusing it of firing a Black cook for flagging verbal abuse of Black and Hispanic employees in the workplace, according to a filing in Georgia federal court.

Sheetz Asks To Ship EEOC Background Check Suit To Pa.

By Emmy Freedman

Sheetz urged a Maryland federal court to send to Pennsylvania a suit lodged by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission over the convenience store chain's use of criminal background checks to make hiring decisions, saying that state is a more convenient location for everyone involved.

Ariz. Builder Settles EEOC Suit Over Late Workforce Data

By Grace Elletson

A homebuilder reached a deal with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to end a suit claiming it failed to hand over its workforce demographic data, marking the latest settlement in a spate of recent EEOC suits challenging reporting requirement noncompliance.

Gastropub, HR Firm Strike Deal To End EEOC Harassment Suit

By Emmy Freedman

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission said Tuesday that a Honolulu gastropub and its human resources consultant have agreed to pay $115,000 to resolve a suit accusing the companies of allowing sexual harassment to run rampant in the restaurant.

EEOC Settles 2 More Suits Over Tardy Demographic Data

By Patrick Hoff

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission said Friday it had resolved lawsuits accusing a New Jersey janitorial company and a Wisconsin logistics company of neglecting to report demographic information about their employees for several years.

Workforce Co. Inks $125K Deal In EEOC Pregnancy Bias Suit

By Grace Elletson

A workforce development company will pay $125,000 to resolve a U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission suit alleging it fired an employee for taking time off to treat medical conditions that arose during her high-risk pregnancy, according to a New Mexico federal court filing.

Pharmacy Pushed Its Own Services On Workers, EEOC Says

By Emmy Freedman

A pharmacy recruited workers who have hemophilia or family members with the condition and pressured them to let the company take over their prescriptions and switch to medications that would benefit the pharmacy financially, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission said in a lawsuit filed in Colorado federal court.

Trucking Co. Settles EEOC Race, Religious Bias Suit

By Grace Elletson

A trucking and logistics company will pay $65,000 to resolve a U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission suit claiming it denied a worker's request to rest on the Sabbath and ignored his complaints that his colleagues harassed him, according to an Ohio federal court filing Thursday.

EEOC Lambastes Enterprise For Seeking Its Hiring Data

By Emmy Freedman

The Florida arm of rental car giant Enterprise can't use the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's hiring data to combat the agency's allegations that the company discriminated against older applicants for a training program because such information is irrelevant, the federal bias watchdog told a federal court.

Waste Co. Strikes Deal To Exit DOL Sex Bias Probe

By Emmy Freedman

A Southern California waste collection company will pay more than $104,000 and hire 10 women to end an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor into the company's discriminatory hiring practices against female job applicants.

Single On-The-Job Slur Can't Sustain EEOC Suit, Judge Says

By Patrick Hoff

A Wisconsin plastics company defeated a U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission suit claiming a Black employee endured a hostile work environment, with a federal judge finding that one alleged use of a racial slur at work wasn't enough to keep the case alive.

3rd Circ. Says High Court Ruling Revives EEOC Age Bias Suit

By Grace Elletson

The Third Circuit said a lower court needs to take another look at a U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission suit alleging Novo Nordisk told a worker she couldn't transfer positions because of her older age, remanding the case in the wake of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling.

Cabinet Co. Cuts Deal To End EEOC Retaliation Suit

By Emmy Freedman

A cabinetmaker reached a $165,000 deal to resolve a lawsuit from the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission accusing it of firing employees who complained that Hispanic managers were being barred from certain duties and subjected to higher scrutiny, according to a filing Monday in New Mexico federal court.

EEOC, Transportation Co. Settle Demographic Data Suit

By Patrick Hoff

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and a transportation company told a North Carolina federal court they've agreed to end the agency's lawsuit claiming the company failed to report demographic information about its employees for several years.

Grocer Strikes Deal To Exit EEOC Sex Harassment Suit

By Emmy Freedman

A grocery store chain agreed to pay $75,000 to resolve a lawsuit from the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission accusing it of firing an employee after she complained that a male supervisor had sexually harassed her, a Monday filing in Pennsylvania federal court said.

PepsiCo Illegally Fired Blind Call Center Worker, EEOC Says

By Grace Elletson

PepsiCo fired a blind employee after refusing to find a screen-reading tool that worked with its software system to allow him to do his job as a call center worker, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission claimed in a suit Friday in North Carolina federal court.