U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission News

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY COMMISSION: Rivers Casino to Pay $60,000 to Settle EEOC Disability Discrimination Suit

By Press release submission | Mar 11, 2019

Midwest Gaming, LLC (operating as Rivers Casino in Des Plaines, Ill.) will pay $60,000 and furnish other relief to settle a disability discrimination lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the federal agency announced.

EEOC increases filings for workplace harassment lawsuits, driven partially by #MeToo movement

By Gabriel Neves | Oct 19, 2018

The number of workplace harassment lawsuits filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has spiked during the past four years, a Chicago lawyer says.

Rosebud Restaurants, EEOC settle class action over workplace sexual harassment charges

By Jonathan Bilyk | Oct 10, 2018

Rosebud Restaurants has settled a potential class action brought by federal workplace discrimination monitors, who had accused the Italian restaurant chain of mistreating female employees, allowing them to be subjected to sexual harassment on the job.

Ex-Chicago firefighter-medic: Firefighter retirement rules don't apply to him; Judge: Lawsuit filed too late

By Dan Churney | Aug 15, 2018

A Chicago federal judge has doused an age discrimination lawsuit brought by an ex-Chicago firefighter-paramedic, who alleged the city made him retire against his will at 63, allegedly improperly applying mandatory firefighter retirement rules to him, even though he was a paramedic.

EEOC doesn't owe CVS' legal bills for failed suit; Not frivolous, even though agency didn't follow rules

By Dan Churney | Jun 18, 2018

A Chicago federal appeals court ruled that although the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission should not have filed a labor law suit against the CVS Pharmacy chain without first trying conciliation, the EEOC should not have to pay the company’s legal costs, because the suit was not frivolous.

New EEOC sexual harassment guidelines due this year are needed to provide clarity, attorneys say

By John Sammon | Jan 25, 2018

New federal sexual harassment guidelines coming from the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission before the end of this year had been planned before a recent spate of media publicity over alleged sexual abuse cases, including some involving celebrities.

Pressure from Trump, litigation losses aren't stopping EEOC case against Dollar General

By Karen Kidd | Jan 4, 2018

Despite efforts by the Trump administration to pull the reins on many of the recent priorities at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and amid a string of litigation losses, the federal anti-discrimination agency is holding course in pressing its years-long case against Dollar General. But what exactly that signals remains to be seen, according to employment attorney Rod Fliegel, who co-chairs the privacy and background checks practice at the firm of Littler Mendelson.

Judge: EEOC has turned over enough documents to Dollar General in hiring bias suit

By Dan Churney | Dec 15, 2017

A Chicago federal magistrate judge has largely rejected Dollar General's effort to squeeze more information from federal regulators in their efforts to defend against a discrimination suit against the discount retail chain, which alleges the company's job applicant screenings are geared to keep out blacks.

Ex-Jewel-Osco managers' age discrimination lawsuit trimmed; Judge cuts disparate impact claim

By Jonathan Bilyk | Dec 12, 2017

An age discrimination lawsuit brought by a group of four former Jewel Osco store managers against the Chicago area supermarket chain has been trimmed, after a federal judge granted the company’s request to shelve several of the ex-managers’ claims, including a key count alleging the company’s policies and practices favor younger managers at the expense of the more experienced.

Illinois employers to face shifting regulatory burdens in 2018

By David Hutton | Dec 11, 2017

As 2018 looms, employers in Illinois are bracing for another wave of employment and labor regulations on the local, state and federal levels.

7th Circuit: Won't rehear EEOC appeal of dismissal of case alleging Autozone racially zoned store workers

By Jonathan Bilyk | Nov 29, 2017

A federal appeals court has refused to grant federal employment discrimination regulators the chance to renew their arguments that Autozone’s transfer of a black employee from a store serving a predominantly Hispanic clientele to another in a predominantly African-American neighborhood, should be considered illegal racial discrimination and segregation, even though the transferred worker suffered no loss of income, responsibilities or job opportunities.

EEOC rolls out nationwide program to help people file discrimination complaints

By Dee Thompson | Nov 24, 2017

As of Nov. 1, an online filing system for workers to file discrimination charges against their employers has been rolled out nationwide. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's Public Portal had been available on a "pilot" basis in Chicago and in four other cities over the past six months.

Illinois Action for Children accused of violating Americans with Disabilities Act

By Louie Torres | Oct 11, 2017

A government agency is suing Illinois Action for Children for alleged disability discrimination and violation of civil rights.

Ford settles discrimination claims at two Chicago facilities with $10.1M settlement with EEOC

By Dee Thompson | Oct 9, 2017

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has announced a $10.1 million settlement with Ford, ending an investigation of sex and racial harassment claims at two Chicago Ford Motor Co. plants.

EEOC alleges employer violated FMLA, ADA in terminating worker after providing over 16 weeks of leave

By Kacie Whaley | Sep 29, 2017

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is moving forward with a lawsuit against an employer who terminated an ill employee after granting her leave for approximately 16 weeks. The employee was then fired an additional three weeks later.

Summary judgment granted for trucking company YRC Worldwide in racial discrimination case

By Chandra Lye | Sep 22, 2017

A federal judge has granted summary judgment in favor of a trucking company in a racial discrimination case brought by former workers.

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

By Jonathan Bilyk | Aug 18, 2017

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

By Glenn Minnis | Aug 18, 2017

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

By Mike Helenthal | Jul 12, 2017

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

By Jonathan Bilyk | Apr 12, 2017

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.

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