NEWS & ANALYSIS


IHOP Owner Strikes Deal To Exit EEOC Religious Bias Suit

By Emmy Freedman

An IHOP restaurant agreed to pay $40,000 to resolve a suit from the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission accusing the business of firing a Christian cook because he asked to take Sundays off to attend church, a filing in North Carolina federal court said.

Retailer Stood By While Clerk Harassed Women, EEOC Says

By Patrick Hoff

Superstore chain Fred Meyer Stores Inc. failed to stop a male sales clerk from repeatedly harassing, leering at and stalking women he worked with despite numerous complaints, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission told a federal court in Washington state Tuesday.

Dollar General Strikes $295K Deal To End EEOC Age Bias Suit

By Grace Elletson

Dollar General has agreed to hand over $295,000 to close a U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission age bias suit alleging a regional manager told older district managers he wanted to replace them with younger employees, according to an Oklahoma federal court filing Tuesday.

Furniture Chain, EEOC Strike Deal To End Vaccine Bias Suit

By Patrick Hoff

Arkansas-based Hank's Furniture Inc. will pay $110,000 to end a U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission lawsuit claiming it unlawfully fired a manager who refused the COVID-19 vaccine because of her Christian beliefs, the agency and the retailer told a Florida federal court Monday.

Biz Groups, Nonprofits Back EEOC Harassment Guidelines

By Emmy Freedman

Several business groups and nonprofits urged a Tennessee federal court to reject a bid from a coalition of Republican state attorneys general to block new guidance from the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, saying the agency's guidelines are necessary for safeguarding LGBTQ+ individuals from workplace harassment.

Dollar General Settles EEOC Age Bias Suit Before Trial

By Grace Elletson

Dollar General has settled a U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission suit alleging the discount store chain allowed a regional manager to harass older district managers, two weeks before the case was scheduled for trial, according to an Oklahoma federal court filing Monday.

Judge Trims Retailer's Defenses In Long COVID EEOC Suit

By Thy Vo

A Colorado federal judge struck several of an appliance retailer's affirmative defenses Wednesday in a U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission lawsuit alleging it wrongfully terminated a worker who asked for more time off to deal with long COVID symptoms.

Staffing Firm To Pay $500K To End EEOC Sex Harassment Suit

By Emmy Freedman

A staffing firm will pay out $500,000 to resolve a U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission suit accusing it of failing to intervene when the female workers it placed at a raisin company reported sexual harassment, according to a filing in California federal court.

Wendy's Franchisee Settles EEOC Suit Over Workforce Data

By Emmy Freedman

A company that operates Wendy's restaurants reached a deal with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to end a suit claiming it shirked its legal responsibility to timely submit its workforce demographic data, a filing in Ohio federal court said.

Call Center Strikes Deal To Exit EEOC Disability Bias Probe

By Emmy Freedman

A Columbus, Ohio, call center will pay $23,000 to resolve an investigation that the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission launched into allegations that the company refused to accommodate an employee with a disability and then placed her on unpaid leave.

Nonprofit To Pay $1M To End EEOC Disability Bias Suit

By Emmy Freedman

A nonprofit that provides career opportunities for individuals with disabilities agreed Friday to pay $1 million to resolve a lawsuit from the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission accusing it of failing to provide sign language interpreters and firing employees who needed to take medical leave.

EEOC Says Claims Of Trans Worker's Harassment Are Valid

By Emmy Freedman

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission urged an Illinois federal court to keep afloat its suit accusing a hog farm of allowing its president and a worker to harass a transgender female employee, saying it put forward enough details to back up its claims.

Staffing Nonprofits To Pay $325K To End EEOC Deaf Bias Suit

By Patrick Hoff

Two Hawaii staffing nonprofits have agreed to pay $325,000 to resolve a U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission suit alleging they refused to provide deaf employees with a sign language interpreter during staff meetings, according to a filing in federal court.

Calif. School District Settles EEOC National Origin Bias Probe

By Benjamin Morse

A California school district agreed to pay $45,000 after a U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission investigation discovered reasonable cause to believe the district refused to promote a vice principal because he is Hispanic, the agency said Thursday. 

Pa. Manufacturer Ends EEOC Sex Harassment Suit

By Grace Elletson

A manufacturing company has struck a $110,000 deal with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to close a Pennsylvania federal court suit alleging it failed to act when two female workers complained they were regularly subjected to sexual comments and unwanted touching.

Calif. Farm To Pay $200K To End EEOC Sex Harassment Suit

By Emmy Freedman

A raspberry farm will pay $200,000 to resolve a suit from the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission accusing it of allowing a male supervisor to sexually harass male and female employees and retaliating against those who spoke up, a filing in California federal court said.

Housekeeping Co. Settles EEOC National Origin Bias Probe

By Emmy Freedman

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission announced Wednesday that it struck a deal with a housekeeping services company to put an end to an investigation into allegations that the company reprimanded workers who spoke Spanish and other languages in the workplace.

Security Co. Cuts Deal To End EEOC Disability Bias Suit

By Emmy Freedman

Security company GardaWorld reached a $37,500 deal with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to resolve its lawsuit accusing the company of wrongly refusing to provide a deaf employee with a sign language interpreter despite the worker's multiple requests, a filing in Florida federal court said.

Grocer, EEOC End Suit Over Snubbed Rastafarian Applicant

By Grace Elletson

A grocery chain has agreed to pay a job hopeful $40,000 to close a U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission suit alleging the company discriminated against his Spiritualist Rastafarian beliefs when it declined to hire him because he refused to cut his dreadlocks.

Co. Denies Deaf Worker's Interpreter Requests, EEOC Says

By Patrick Hoff

Security company GardaWorld refused to provide a deaf employee with a sign language interpreter after it took over a Florida bank location despite the worker's multiple requests, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission told a federal court.