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EEOC Ordered To Pay $4 Million In Attorney’s Fees

EEOC Ordered To Pay $4 Million In Attorney’s Fees

Earlier this month, a federal judge in Iowa ordered the EEOC to pay over $4 million dollars of an employer’s attorney’s fees for its succesful defense of a class action sexual harassment suit brought by the EEOC.  The case, which was originally commenced in 2007, has been the subject of much commentary as it has unfolded.  […]

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It’s Just Lunch Settles With EEOC for $900,000

It’s Just Lunch Settles With EEOC for $900,000

On July 22, 2013, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission announced that it had settled a federal court claim against It’s Just Lunch (IJL), a company based in Hallandale Beach, Florida.  In its lawsuit, the EEOC alleged that IJL engaged in sex-based hiring practices by refusing to hire men into the position of dating directors.  The EEOC alleged […]

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EEOC Launches Test Case on Religious Discrimination

EEOC Launches Test Case on Religious Discrimination

Most employers are aware that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (“Title VII”) prohibits employers from discriminating against employees on the basis of “religion.”  Courts have broadly construed the term “religion” to mean most sincerely held beliefs, including atheism.  The law is clear that employers are to not discriminate on the basis […]

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Florida Minimum Wage Set for 4.9% Increase

Florida Minimum Wage Set for 4.9% Increase

Over the weekend, the State of Florida announced that the minimum wage would increase from $7.31 per hour in 2011 to $7.67 per hour starting January 1, 2012.  The minimum wage for tipped employees will also increase from $4.29 per hour to $4.65.  The increase is based upon a rising Consumer Price Index and Florida’s […]

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NLRB Delays Posting Requirement Until Jan 31, 2012

NLRB Delays Posting Requirement Until Jan 31, 2012

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has postponed the implementation of its new posting rule regarding employee rights information.  In a press release issued Wednesday, October 5, 2011, the NLRB announced that the new employee rights posting requirement would not be effective until January 31, 2012.  The press release can be found here:  https://www.nlrb.gov/news/posting-employee-rights-notice-now-required-jan-31-board-postpones-deadline-allow-further-educa According to […]

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EEOC Sues Bass Pro and Issues Press Release

EEOC Sues Bass Pro and Issues Press Release

The front page of the EEOC’s website may look a little different to viewers today as the government’s site contains a dedicated space to recruit claimants for a lawsuit filed by the EEOC against Bass Pro Outdoor World, LLC (“Bass Pro”) in the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas, Houston Division […]

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EEOC Publishes Final Regulations Implementing ADAA

EEOC Publishes Final Regulations Implementing ADAA

The EEOC has now published its final regulations which implement the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments of 2008.  The new regulations can be found at http://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2011/03/25/2011-6056/regulations-to-implement-the-equal-employment-provisions-of-the-americans-with-disabilities-act-as According to the EEOC press release yesterday, “the regulations are designed to simplify the determination of who has a ‘disability’ and make it easier for people to establish that […]

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EEOC Launches Religious Discrimination Claim Against Convergys

EEOC Launches Religious Discrimination Claim Against Convergys

Earier this month, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) filed suit against Convergys Corporation, charging that the relationship management company violated federal law by refusing to hire a call center employee who could not work on Saturdays due to his religion. In its lawsuit, the EEOC alleges that Convergys refused to hire Shannon Fantroy when […]

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Supreme Court Opens Door to Retaliation Claims by Third Parties

Supreme Court Opens Door to Retaliation Claims by Third Parties

On January 24, 2011, the Supreme Court of the United States handed down a decision that will, no doubt, reshape the world of employee retaliation claims.  In Thompson v. North American Stainless, LP, Plaintiff Eric Thompson and his fiance worked for the same company.  After his fiance filed filed a charge of gender discrimination with the Equal Employment […]

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