Uptick in Harassment Complaints from #MeToo Movement Yet to Happen, EEOC Says

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) this week convened its Select Task Force on the Study of Harassment (details here), during which Acting EEOC Chair Victoria Lipnic confirmed that the agency has seen no uptick in sexual harassment claims since the #MeToo movement began — but added that it could still happen. She also noted […]

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EEOC Panel Focuses on Preventing Workplace Harassment

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (EEOC) Select Task Force on the Study of Harassment in the Workplace reconvened today to hear from expert witnesses on “Transforming #MeToo Into Harassment-Free Workplaces” at a meeting open to the public. “Our co-chairs’ report on harassment laid the groundwork for the launch of a renewed effort to prevent harassment,” stated Acting EEOC Chair […]

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Republican Cabal Keeps EEOC in Democrats’ Hands

Four Republicans, led by Sen. Mike Lee of Utah, have effectively kept the Obama Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) intact by refusing to allow a vote on President Trump’s renomination of Commissioner Chai Feldblum, citing faith-based objections. Since Democrats say they won’t vote on the president’s other two nominations — Janet Dhillon and Daniel Gade […]

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Key Agency Nominations Languish in Congress

As just one reminder of how agency nominations are slogging through Congress, this past week the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee indefinitely postponed its vote on Sharon Fast Gustafson to be general counsel of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). The postponement could spell trouble for her nomination due to a lack […]

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EEO-1 Survey Deadline Extended Until June 1

With little fanfare and just a couple of red-ink sentences on its electronic reporting portal, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has extended the deadline for submitting the annual EEO-1 Report until Friday, June 1. The original deadline was March 31, but it was largely ignored. Some confusion may exist as to what the report […]

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New EEOC General Counsel Nominated While Nomination for Chair Still Awaits Senate Action

President Trump’s nomination for chair of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), Janet Dhillon, is still awaiting Senate action five months after being announced. Now into the mix comes the administration’s nomination for general counsel, Sharon Fast Gustafson. The general counsel has broad power to decide which legal cases the commission will pursue. Formerly an […]

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Mandatory Retirement Age a No-No Under the ADEA

A Southfield, Mich.-based oral surgery practice will pay $47,000 to settle an age discrimination lawsuit filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the federal agency announced recently. The EEOC’s lawsuit charged that Professional Endodontics, P.C. violated federal law by firing Karen Ruerat four days after her 65th birthday. According to the EEOC’s lawsuit, Ruerat, […]

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2nd Circuit Sides with EEOC on Civil Rights Protections for Sexual Orientation

In a rare en banc decision, with just three of 13 judges dissenting, the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act does provide anti-discrimination protections based on one’s gender identity and sexual orientation. The decision in Zarda v. Altitude Express essentially affirms the position of the Equal […]

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EEOC Announces Strategic Plan to Combat Discrimination and Promote Inclusion

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced today that it has approved its Strategic Plan for fiscal years 2018-2022. The Strategic Plan serves as a framework for the commission in achieving its mission to prevent and remedy unlawful employment discrimination and advance equal opportunity for all in the workplace. Implementation of the new Strategic Plan will […]

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EEOC Reduces Charge Workload to Lowest Level in 10 Years

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) today announced that 84,254 workplace discrimination charges were filed with the federal agency nationwide during fiscal year (FY) 2017, and secured $398 million for victims in the private sector and state and local government workplaces through voluntary resolutions and litigation. The EEOC resolved 99,109 charges in FY 2017 (97,443 […]

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