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EEOC Begins a Rollout of New Online Charge-Handling System

Posted in HR Management, Trial Practice & Litigation Issues
ACT Digital Pilot Program Allows Online Interaction With Employers Last week the EEOC announced that 11 of its 53 offices will begin a pilot program called ACT Digital to digitally transmit documents between the EEOC and employers regarding discrimination charges. This is the first step in the EEOC’s move toward an online charge system that… Continue Reading

File a Charge With the EEOC Immediately Or Risk Losing Your Case

Posted in Age Discrimination, Disability Discrimination, Pregnancy Discrimination, Race / National Origin Discrimination, Retaliation, Sexual Discrimination
Some prospective clients are surprised to learn that most of wrongful termination or sexual harassment matters than an employment lawyer handles cannot be taken straight to court. This is, unfortunately, true. Most cases having to do with discrimination or wrongful termination relating to an EEO category (age, race, sex, disability, etc) must go through a… Continue Reading

EEOC Sues Taprite Fassco for Sex and Disability Discrimination and Retaliation

Posted in Disability Discrimination, Retaliation, Sexual Discrimination
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) has filed suit against Taprite Fassco Manufacturing, Inc., a San Antonio-based supplier of CO2 regulators in the soda and beer industries, in a case related to a similar case recently filed against the same employer by The McKinney Law Firm. Here is a copy of the EEOC’s press release… Continue Reading

Daily Read: EEOC vs. Fitness-For-Duty Exams and Ford ADA Telecommuting Case in Overdrive

Posted in Disability Discrimination, Lawsuit Filings
We bring you the best articles in employment law and related workplace HR issues. Here are our picks for today, September 10, 2014: EEOC takes on fitness-for-duty medical releases – Recent lawsuits and press releases from the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission show the agency is targeting employers’ fitness for duty examinations. Increasingly, the EEOC… Continue Reading

Texas Loses Its Suit Against The EEOC Over Agency’s Criminal Background Check Guidance

Posted in Race / National Origin Discrimination
The fight rages on with regard to the EEOC’s position on hiring checks based on criminal backgrounds. In a very high profile cases addressing this issue filed against the EEOC by the State of Texas, Judge Sam R. Cummings of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas issued a decision in State… Continue Reading

Daily Read: Twitter Meets the U.S. Constitution

Posted in Disability Discrimination, HR Management, Trial Practice & Litigation Issues
Several times per week (hopefully) we bring you the best articles in employment law and related workplace HR issues. Here are our picks for Wednesday, August 20, 2014: Can an employer’s social media policy be unconstitutional?  Answer: Maybe, if the policy is from a public employer. Philip Miles covers the case of Pittman v. Garcia, and… Continue Reading

Car Dealership Pays over $2 Million to Settle Same-Sex Sexual Harassment Suit

Posted in Sexual Discrimination, Verdicts & Settlements
Pitre Inc., an Albuquerque car dealership, has agreed to settle a same-sex sexual harassment and retaliation lawsuit filed on behalf of over 50 workers for over $2 million dollars. In the lawsuit, the employees charged a former lot manager, under the direction of the dealership’s general manager, with subjecting a class of men to egregious… Continue Reading

EEOC Files Suit Against BMW & Dollar General for Use of Criminal Background Checks

Posted in Race / National Origin Discrimination
A BMW manufacturing facility in South Carolina, and the largest small-box discount retailer in the United States violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act by implementing and utilizing a criminal background policy that resulted in employees being fired and others being screened out for employment, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission alleged in two… Continue Reading

Weighing the Pros and Cons of Employer Wellness Programs

Posted in Disability Discrimination, FMLA, HR Management
As employer wellness programs become increasingly more common, so do questions regarding their benefits and drawbacks. On May 8, 2013, the EEOC issued a press release that outlined a meeting of a panel of representatives of business, advocacy groups, and providers held that same day. You can read the full press release here. According to… Continue Reading

Straight Talk on Harassment from EEOC Regional Attorney, Robert Canino

Posted in Age Discrimination, Disability Discrimination, Race / National Origin Discrimination, Sexual Discrimination
The EEOC has released a series of helpful videos regarding various issues relating to discrimination in the workplace but they can be a little difficult to locate so we thought we would start posting them here as well.  This week EEOC Attorney, Robert Canino, discusses some important issues relating to harassment in the workplace.  … Continue Reading

Scooter Store Pays $99,000 to Settle ADA Suit

Posted in Disability Discrimination, Verdicts & Settlements
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has settled a disability discrimination lawsuit against The Scooter Store, a nationwide, Texas-based retailer, the agency announced today. The terms of the settlement require The Scooter Store to pay money damages to a disabled former employee and to make changes designed to prevent discrimination and retaliation. According to… Continue Reading

Deadline Today to Provide EEOC with Input in Developing Its Strategic Enforcement Plan

Posted in Legislation
In February 2012, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) approved a Strategic Plan for Fiscal Years 2012 – 2016. The Strategic Plan establishes a framework for achieving the EEOC’s mission to stop and remedy unlawful employment discrimination by focusing on strategic law enforcement, education and outreach, and efficiently serving the public. The first performance… Continue Reading

Texas Leads The Nation In EEOC Charge Filings

Posted in Age Discrimination, Disability Discrimination, HR Management, Lawsuit Filings, Pregnancy Discrimination, Race / National Origin Discrimination, Retaliation, Sexual Discrimination
This blog’s humble author is quoted in a Law360 story today about the dubious distinction Texas has as the state responsible for more EEOC Charge filings than any other state: "More federal workplace discrimination charges were filed in Texas than in any other state in 2011, with 10 percent of all charges nationwide lodged there,… Continue Reading

EEOC Report: Agency Receives Record Number of New Charges & Collects More than $319 Million for Employees

Posted in Verdicts & Settlements
 The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued its annual Performance Report last week, stating that the agency is making progress in rebuilding its capacity to enforce the civil rights laws protecting the nation’s workers. Over the past two years, the EEOC has begun to replenish its depleted ranks and dedicate significant resources to training… Continue Reading

EEOC Holding Public Hearing Next Week on Age Discrimination

Posted in Age Discrimination, HR Management
The EEOC has scheduled a public hearing Wednesday, July 15, 2009, at 10 a.m. (Eastern Time), at agency headquarters, 131 M St, NE, Washington, DC., to discuss age discrimination in employment. In a release, the agency states that, in light of widespread layoffs, a significant spike in age discrimination charges, threats to employee benefits, and controversial… Continue Reading