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Appeals court: EEOC can keep investigating Union Pacific even after specific discrimination case tossed

Jonathan Bilyk Aug. 18, 2017, 3:42pm

Federal employment discrimination regulators are not limited to pursuing their own discrimination investigations against employers, even after a case under which the agency launched an investigation is dismissed, a federal appeals court has ruled.

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission reaches $2 million settlement with UPS in disability discrimination suit

Glenn Minnis Aug. 18, 2017, 4:00am

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has brokered a $2 million settlement with UPS stemming from a 2009 suit in which the shipping giant was accused of regularly discriminating against workers with disabilities.

Expert: Companies' anti-discrimination policy should be part of culture

Mike Helenthal Jul. 12, 2017, 4:00am

A recent $1.9 million settlement by Rosebud Restaurants with the Equal Employment and Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is just one more example of why businesses should proactively adopt strategic hiring rules, an expert on discrimination law says.

Judge: Dollar General can't stop EEOC action over alleged discriminatory job screening practices

Jonathan Bilyk Apr. 12, 2017, 12:03am

Dollar General has suffered another setback in its attempt to beat back a long-running federal investigation into job screening practices allegedly set up to screen out African American applicants, as a Chicago federal judge ruled the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission didn’t overstep in initiating an enforcement action against the retailer, even after the federal agency pulled the plug on the required pre-enforcement settlement process.

EEOC adds online portal for filing employer discrimination claims; Chicago selected for pilot program

Dawn Geske Apr. 6, 2017, 11:48am

Employees in the Chicago area and other select metropolitan areas will now be able to initiate employment discrimination claims against their employers through an online portal.

Federal appeals court: ADA accommodation rules don't rule out competition for jobs; SCOTUS could decide

Dawn Geske Jan. 13, 2017, 6:57pm

A decision by the U.S. Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta, Ga., says employers are not required by the Americans with Disabilities Act to surrender the search for the best qualified candidate for a job when considering a disability accommodation job transfer request from a disabled employee. 

EEOC settlement for ex-Costco worker harassed by customer could be 'wake-up call' for employers

S. Laney Griffo Jan. 12, 2017, 12:50pm

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has won a settlement on behalf of a former Costco employee who alleged her employer had not done enough to protect her from a customer who allegedly stalked and harassed her while at work. And the decision should serve as a "wake-up call" for employers concerned about stepping on the toes of customers who may make their employees feel unsafe, said a Chicago employment lawyer.

Judge: Groupon must turn over info on employees, hiring, to EEOC for discrimination investigation

Jonathan Bilyk Sep. 26, 2016, 3:59pm

Groupon will need to open its doors and computers to federal workplace discrimination regulators, a federal judge has ruled, saying she did not believe the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s demands to pore over potentially large amounts of documents related to Groupon’s hiring practices were excessive, even though the document request came as part of the EEOC’s investigation of a single allegation of racial hiring discrimination against the company.

Upsurge in retaliation claims prompts new EEOC guidelines; employers should take note, lawyer says

Tara Mapes Sep. 21, 2016, 5:44pm

The federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission issued its final Enforcement Guidance on Retaliation and Related Issues late last month, replacing its 1998 Compliance Manual section on retaliation. And employers should take note of the changes, which tighten regulations governing when employees might bring actions.

EEOC issues rules on employee wellness programs, even as court fights rage over its take on the law

Jamie Kelly Jun. 2, 2016, 4:54pm

The federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission issued regulations last month about what employers can and cannot do to encourage or even require employee participation in employer-sponsored wellness programs, while still complying with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Genetic Information Non-discrimination Act (GINA).But those new rules have come amid pitched legal battles over whether the commission’s interpretation of those law is even correct.

EEOC changing rules on disseminating business info, prompting worries for employers

Carrie Bradon Mar. 31, 2016, 2:30pm

The federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has recently added procedures that could force employers to release position statements and non-confidential attachments to those accusing them of wrongdoing - potentially including labor unions - on request. These changes in normal procedure have created a sense of concern for employers, as they contemplate what kinds of information could be disclosed by federal regulators.

Ex-church music director sues Catholic Archdiocese for firing him after announcing same-sex marriage engagement

Jonathan Bilyk Mar. 8, 2016, 12:35pm

A gay man who claims he was fired as music director at a northwest suburban Catholic church after publicly announcing his engagement has asked a federal court to order the Chicago Archdiocese to give him his job back, asserting federal, state and Cook County non-discrimination laws and past employment decisions by the Archdiocese trump the Roman Catholic Church’s prerogative under the so-called “ministerial exception” to fire church workers whose same-sex marriages may violate the Catholic churc

Judge: Dollar General must tell how it screens job applicants, EEOC doesn't need to supply info on why it brought disparate impact action

Jonathan Bilyk Nov. 18, 2015, 3:23pm

A federal judge has dealt setbacks to Dollar General in its years-long court fight with federal equal opportunity regulators over claims the company’s employment screening practices resulted in keeping African Americans from landing jobs at the retailer’s stores.