NEWS & ANALYSIS


Applicant Lost Job Offer Over Cancer Diagnosis, EEOC Says

By Benjamin Morse

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission hit two property management companies with a disability bias suit in Massachusetts federal court, claiming they rescinded a job offer after the applicant was diagnosed with breast cancer. 

EEOC, Facilities Co. End Disability Bias Suit Over Fitness Test

By Patrick Hoff

A facilities management company agreed to pay $520,000 to resolve a U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission suit in Arkansas federal court claiming the company fired employees who failed a physical fitness test that disproportionately screened out workers with disabilities.

Senior Care Co. Axed Receptionist Over Age, EEOC Says

By Patrick Hoff

A Georgia senior living community that had allegedly pressured a receptionist in her 70s to retire for several years unlawfully fired her because she was briefly hospitalized for high blood pressure, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission claimed in a Wednesday complaint.

Furniture Co. Settles EEOC's Racial Slur Firing Suit For $105K

By Grace Elletson

A furniture retailer told a Louisiana federal court it has agreed to hand over $105,000 to resolve a U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission suit alleging it fired a Black employee after he complained that a colleague used racial slurs on the job.

Indian IT Firm Inks Deal To End EEOC Disability Bias Suit

By Patrick Hoff

The U.S. arm of Indian information technology firm Tech Mahindra will pay $255,000 to resolve a U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission suit alleging it unlawfully refused to hire a job applicant because he's deaf, according to a filing in New York federal court.

Health Clinic Inks Deal To End EEOC Sex Harassment Suit

By Patrick Hoff

A health clinic operator will pay $50,000 to resolve a U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission suit alleging it fired a worker and her supervisor after they complained about an administrator's unwelcome kissing and sexual comments, according to a filing Wednesday in Texas federal court.

EEOC Says BBQ Spot Fired Worker For Flagging Harassment

By Emmy Freedman

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission alleged in Georgia federal court Tuesday that a barbecue restaurant told a female worker who complained about harassment that her clothing was to blame and then fired her.

Tarp-Maker Strikes Deal To End EEOC Age Bias Suit

By Emmy Freedman

A Louisiana federal judge greenlighted a $105,000 settlement that ends a U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission lawsuit accusing a tarp manufacturer of firing a 65-year-old worker and replacing her with someone more than two decades younger.

Colo. Judge Won't Rule Out Back Pay In Truck Driver ADA Suit

By Thy Vo

A Colorado federal judge said he would not prevent the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission from seeking back pay on a claim that a trucking company's return-to-work policy had a disparate impact on disabled employees, finding in an order Wednesday that the company's request "would be unjust and border on absurd."

Staffing Co. Settles EEOC Suit Over Muslim Worker's Beard

By Grace Elletson

A hotel and condominium staffing company will pay $70,000 to resolve a U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission suit alleging a Muslim worker was forced to shave his beard in violation of his religious beliefs to keep his job, according to a filing Tuesday in Illinois federal court.

EEOC Can't Junk Jury Verdict In Trucking Co. ADA Suit

By Grace Elletson

A Colorado federal judge declined to overturn a trucking company's win in a U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission suit that accused it of unlawfully blocking some workers from returning from medical leave, saying the agency failed to sway a jury.

EEOC Cuts Deal With Cafe In Ongoing Sex Harassment Suit

By Grace Elletson

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission reached a settlement with one storefront of a cafe chain in a suit alleging the business failed to step in when a manager sexually harassed young female workers, according to a California federal court filing. 

Ed. Union Can't Beat EEOC's Race Bias Suit Over Promotion

By Grace Elletson

An Illinois federal judge denied a school district labor union's bid to escape a U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission suit alleging it singled out a Black custodian when it challenged his promotion and salary increase, ruling that the union's effort to push blame on the school district fell flat.

NYC Hotel Strikes Deal To End EEOC Disability Bias Suit

By Emmy Freedman

A Manhattan hotel will pay $42,000 to resolve a U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission lawsuit accusing it of refusing to allow a front desk worker with musculoskeletal pain to sit during her shift, according to a Wednesday filing in New York federal court.

ATM Co. To Pay $55K To End EEOC Disability Bias Suit

By Emmy Freedman

An ATM company will pay $55,000 to a worker it fired after he suffered a stroke and couldn't lift heavy loads, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission said, in a deal to end a case the Fifth Circuit revived in 2022.

EEOC, Healthcare Co.'s $80K Pay Bias Deal OK'd

By Benjamin Morse

A healthcare services company will pay $80,000 in back pay and damages to settle a U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission suit accusing it of paying a female worker less than her male counterparts and punishing her for complaining, according to court papers filed Thursday in Tennessee federal court.

EEOC, NY Pizzeria Settle Trans Cook's Misgendering Case

By Emmy Freedman

An upstate New York pizzeria agreed to pay $25,000 to end a U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission lawsuit alleging the business refused to step in while a transgender cook endured harassment that included being misgendered and being told he was "not a real man."

Las Vegas Eateries Say Workers Already Settled EEOC Claims

By Emmy Freedman

Two Las Vegas restaurants urged a Nevada federal court to toss a lawsuit from the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission alleging managers made disparaging comments about gay employees and coerced female workers into having sex, saying these issues were resolved in prior litigation.

Tesla Says EEOC Can't Justify Pushing Race Bias Suit Ahead

By Patrick Hoff

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission can't justify letting its race bias suit against Tesla move forward amid two similar state court proceedings, the electric-car maker told a California federal court, arguing that the agency is wasting judicial resources with vague allegations.

EEOC Slaps Houston School District With Pay Bias Suit

By Grace Elletson

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission said Houston's school district paid female program specialists less than their male counterparts, saying in a Texas federal court suit filed Thursday that the district refused to consider the women's work history outside of education when deciding starting pay.