EEOC Settlements Last Quarter

Was $7.6 million for near slavery the largest resolution announced by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission last quarter? No. A strictly enforced medical leave policy cost Lowe’s $8.6 million. A 45-year-old case settles another chapter, plus things that caught my… Continue Reading

EEOC Resolutions Last Quarter

Must employer accommodate a religious belief that its biometric time clock is a “Mark of the Beast?” May employee obtain a temporary restraining order against imminent termination? Under what circumstances can criminal background checks constitute discrimination? Answers to these questions… Continue Reading

First Quarter EEOC Settlements.

Accommodating Rastafarian hair, overly broad medical inquiries, and the continued use of the “N-word” are among the items that caught my eye in EEOC news releases. This post highlights what interested me and then summarizes all settlements announced during the… Continue Reading

EEOC Resolutions for 3rd Quarter

Hostile “huddles?” Slavery in paradise?  Employer website photos evidence discrimination? Severance agreements discourage EEOC complaints?   These cases caught my eye during my review of the EEOC resolutions announced in the Third Quarter of 2014.  Blurbs on them and a… Continue Reading

EEOC Resolutions Announced During the Second Quarter

A lewd customer, combined with management’s failure to respond appropriately to employee complaints about him, cost Oregon retailer Fred Meyer $487,500 to settle sexual harassment charges.  That story, generalized anxiety disorder as a disability, and more, as I recap EEOC… Continue Reading

EEOC Resolutions Announced during First Quarter

A couple of Walmart cases plus another GINA case were among the resolutions announced by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) during the first quarter of 2014.  As usual, I will highlight what I found most interesting and summarize the… Continue Reading

EEOC Settlement Data for 3rd Quarter

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced settlements of 27 discrimination cases during the third quarter of 2013.  As usual, I will highlight what I found most interesting and summarize the settlement data on most of the other cases. Title VII… Continue Reading

EEOC Resolutions Announced in the Second Quarter

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced settlements or verdicts of 27 discrimination cases during the second quarter of 2013.  As usual, I will highlight what I found most interesting and summarize the settlement data on all cases. Family Medical History Questions… Continue Reading

EEOC Verdicts & Settlements During the First Quarter

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced settlements and verdicts of 31 discrimination cases during the first quarter of 2013.  This post highlights two topics I found most interesting and then provides settlement data on all cases. Money to Pay the Taxes… Continue Reading

EEOC Settlements Announced in January

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced settlements of 15 employment law cases in January 2013.  This post briefly summarizes them.  In addition to the monetary compensation noted below, many settlements included consent decrees, under which the employer must monitor… Continue Reading

Ninth Circuit Rules on Use of Statistics

Last week, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals discussed the use of statistics in proving employment discrimination. By statistics, I mean trying to prove discrimination by comparing the numbers employees: for example, men compared to women or people over age… Continue Reading

Recent EEOC Disability Discrimination

The EEOC reported on four disability discrimination cases in March. Collectively, they show that some employers either do not understand their obligations or take calculated business risks when deciding to break the law. Managers should not nickname bipolar workers “Psycho.”… Continue Reading

Oregon BOLI Adopts New Case Processing Procedures

  Brad Avakian is the Commissioner of Oregon’s Bureau of Labor and Industries. Yesterday, he shared with me and several other attorneys around a conference table what he’s doing to ensure BOLI does a better job of enforcing discrimination laws. Commissioner… Continue Reading

Les Schwab Verdicts Highlights Overtime Wage Law

Last week, a Portland, Oregon jury found that Les Schwab Tire Center should have paid assistant mangers overtime wages, and that these employees averaged 66 hours per week. The case illustrates that the job duties determine whether an employee gets overtime pay;… Continue Reading