EEOC Files Seven Nationwide Harassment Lawsuits

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has filed seven lawsuits against various employers charging them with harassment, and also announced a major resolution of a harassment lawsuit. This is the second time in two months that the EEOC has coordinated multi-state actions on harassment. This second tranche of cases demonstrates the agency’s commitment to using […]

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EEOC Targeting Physical Tests that Lead to Disparate Impact

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), which is controlled 2-1 by Democrats from the Obama era, is cracking down on companies that rely on pre-employment physical tests when these tests result in disparate impact, often involving female applicants. Recently, Hirschbach Motor Lines was ordered to pay $3.2 million to a group of female job applicants for […]

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EEOC Acting Chair Releases Report on Ageism in America

Victoria A. Lipnic, acting chair of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), issued a report today on the “State of Older Workers and Age Discrimination 50 Years After the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA).” The ADEA was signed into law in December 1967 and took effect 50 years ago this month, in June 1968. […]

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

Watch our YouTube video on preventing harassment in the workplace. 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 — […]

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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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