Texas Roadhouse Hit with Whopping $12 Million Settlement for Age Discrimination

Texas Roadhouse, a national, Kentucky-based restaurant chain, will pay $12 million and furnish other relief to settle an age discrimin­ation lawsuit brought by the Equal Employment Oppor­tunity Commission (EEOC), the federal agency announced today. The EEOC had filed suit seeking relief for a class of applicants the EEOC charged had been denied front-of-the-house positions, such […]

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EEOC to Host Meeting on the ‘Future of Work’

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) will hold a meeting on Wednesday, April 5, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (Eastern Time), at agency headquarters, 131 M Street, N.E., Washington D.C. The meeting, entitled “The State of the Workforce and the Future of Work,” will be open to public observation. The meeting will consist of […]

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11th Circuit Court Holds that Title VII Does Not Cover Sexual-Orientation Discrimination

Joining every other circuit court except D.C., the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 does not cover discrimination based on sexual orientation. “[W]e are bound to follow a binding precedent in this Circuit unless and until it is overruled by this court en banc […]

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EEOC Launches Online Inquiry and Appointment System

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced that five of its offices have launched a new Online Inquiry and Appointment System. The system will allow individuals to electron­ically submit initial inquiries and requests for intake interviews with the agency. Initial inquiries and intake interviews are typically the first steps for individuals seeking to file a […]

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Several Regulations on Trump Chopping Block

President Trump recently signed an executive order requiring every federal agency to establish a “Regulatory Reform Task Force” to eliminate what he considers to be unnecessary and burdensome regulations hampering the American economy. His action follows a meeting he had with what is known as the Business Roundtable, a conservative coalition of management executives formed to […]

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EEOC Training Institute Announces Schedule for 2017

The Office of Federal Operations (OFO) of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has released its 2017 Federal Training Course Calendar, which includes two new courses: Special Emphasis Program Management and Anti-Harassment Program Management. VIEW THE SCHEDULE

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Public Comment Period Extended to March 21 for EEOC’s Proposed Enforcement Guidance on Harassment

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has extended the public commentary period on its 75-page proposed Enforcement Guidance on Harassment” to March 21. The guidance comprises six major sections, including “Covered Bases and Causation,” “Harassment Resulting in Discrimination with Respect to a Term, Condition, or Privilege of Employment,” and “Liability.” Additionally, the guidance offers employers a “best […]

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Acting Chair Says Much Will Remain the Same at the EEOC

Victoria A. Lipnic, named by President Trump to be acting chair of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), told participants in a panel discussion that the commission will continue to enforce harassment and discrimination laws but will also focus on  expanding economic opportunity and job growth. “It is a new day and to the extent […]

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Recent Regulatory and Legal Updates You Should Be Aware Of

In the past year, covering the end of the Obama administration to the beginning of the Trump White House, several developments have taken place on the legal and regulatory fronts that employers should be aware of and comply with as needed. Jan. 22, 2017: Revised Form I-9 use is mandated. The new employment eligibility form that […]

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EEOC Increases Fines for Posting Violations

On Tuesday, Jan. 31, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced that it would be increasing the penalty for notice posting violations from $525 to $534. This penalty will be effective for violations occurring after March 2, 2017. >This penalty increase of about one percent due to inflation is a great selling point for our […]

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