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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EEOC Raises Notification Posting Fine to $545

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has adjusted for inflation its violation fine for failing to post its “EEO is the Law” notification from $534 to $545. Those of you who display Personnel Concepts’ Space Saver-1 All-On-One State and Federal Labor Law Poster will generally fulfill this posting requirement. The EEOC also encourages posting the […]

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Reappointment of Feldblum to EEOC Could Face Senate Opposition

Following President Trump’s surprise reappointment of Chai Feldblum to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the conservative think tank Heritage Foundation is urging Senate Republicans to block the liberal workers’ advocate’s new term, which would run through 2022. When Trump a week ago announced Feldblum’s reappointment, not a few conservative eyebrows were raised, given her […]

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EEOC Releases Strategic Plan for 2018-2022

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has released for public comment a draft of its Strategic Plan for Fiscal Years 2018-2022, the agency announced today. The draft plan can be found at Regulations.gov.  Comments must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. ET on Jan. 8, 2018. This draft plan has not been approved by the commission and […]

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EEOC Scores First Victory in Sexual Orientation Discrimination Lawsuit

Score a victory for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) in its effort to get courts to side with its position that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act prohibits discrimination based not only on sex but also on sexual orientation. The commission’s sexual orientation discrimination lawsuit against Scott Medical Health Center, P.C., was one […]

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EEOC Releases ‘Promising Practices’ for Preventing, Responding to Harassment

In advance of issuing revised sexual harassment guidelines — the first revision in two decades — the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has issued a report by its Select Task Force on the Study of Harassment in the Workplace detailing five principles that have generally proven effective in preventing and addressing harassment. Called ‘Promising Practices,” […]

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Is Your State More Prone to Employee Discrimination Lawsuits?

Nationwide, according to a new study, American businesses face an average 10.5 percent chance of being sued by an employee for discrimination, or for retaliation for reporting discrimination. The District of Columbia leads all U.S. locations at a whopping 81 percent, but some states also present great odds, led by Nevada and Delaware at 55 […]

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EEOC Reduces Inventory of Charges in FY 2017

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) made significant progress in managing the pending inventory of charges in fiscal year 2017, the agency reports. EEOC says its offices deployed new strategies to more efficiently prioritize charges with merit and more quickly resolve investigations once the agency had sufficient information.  Together with improvements in the agency’s digital […]

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