Virginia is a "deferral state" for Title VII
purposes, meaning that it has a state law prohibiting discriminatory employment
practices and has a state or local agency (e.g., the Virginia Council on
Human Rights ) authorized to grant relief from such practices. To allege
It's that time of year again - the EEOC
Performance and Accountability Report has been released.
Recapping FY 2011,
the Report provides a glimpse into the inner-workings of the Equal Employment
Opportunity Commission - where it is going and where it has been.
Here are some of the highlights...
The American Bar Association sponsored a webinar this
week on the Americans with Disabilities Act, which was noteworthy for its
inclusion of EEOC commissioners Chai
Feldblum (Democrat) and Victoria
I'm usually such a doom-and-gloomer when it comes to the
The EEOC has published its draft strategic plan for fiscal years 2012 - 2016 . A quick
Ctrl-F for the word "systemic" reveals 16 different hits in this relatively
"Systemic" cases, according to the EEOC, are those that
"address a pattern, practice or policy...
On February 15, the EEOC held a hearing where
speakers addressed the issues of pregnancy and caregiver discrimination. It was
the Commission's first hearing of the year. EEOC Chair Berrien stated that
discrimination based on pregnancy persists in the 21st century
workplace and that the EEOC is...
Recently, the EEOC filed a lawsuit against Hire Dynamics,
a staffing firm (click here for the
EEOC press release). According to the complaint , after
a Hire Dynamics employee filed a charge of discrimination against one of its
clients, the staffing firm retaliated by failing to give the employee...
The EEOC has announced that
it will be holding a meeting on May 8, 2013, to hear from invited panelists on
the treatment of wellness programs under federal law, with an emphasis on
understanding the ways that the ADA, the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination
Act as well as other statutes that the...
Is your company an EEOC target?
before about the Strategic
Enforcement Plan of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission,
which was officially adopted last December, and the Commission's
priorities. Last week, EEOC Commissioner Victoria Lipnic spoke about the
Plan in more...
A majority of US employers offer some sort of wellness
program designed to reduce the cost of health insurance and healthcare costs,
and to improve the health and well-being of employees. However, unless
care is taken, even well-intentioned wellness programs may violate federal law.
The EEOC held...
The ADA Amendments Act of 2008 took effect January 1,
2009, and broadened the definition of a disability that makes a person eligible
for the protections of the ADA. Taking into account this new, broadened
definition of disability, on May 15, 2013, the EEOC issued four "Question
Consistent with its strategic plan to provide up-to-date
guidance on the requirements of antidiscrimination laws, last week, the United States Equal Employment Opportunity
Commission issued this
press release in which it announced that it had revised guidance on how the
Americans with Disabilities...
It is no secret that health care costs for employers and
their employees are out of control in this country. Many employers have
attempted to hold down these rising costs by offering wellness-program
incentives - insurance premium reductions to employees who meet certain
What happens when a current or former employee files a charge of discrimination with the EEOC? The EEOC has explained it in its description of the charge handling process . However, I imagine if a company has not been through the process, it can still be confusing.
Therefore, in the spirit of my last...
After the EEOC investigates claims of civil rights violations in the workplace, it either finds “reasonable cause” that illegal conduct has occurred or not. For those reasonable cause findings, the EEOC is legally required to engage in efforts to conciliate the charge – essentially...
I remember being surprised at the intensity of the objections by some of the EEOC panelists to my suggestion at an EEOC public meeting earlier this year that the EEOC implement a pilot ADR program as a part of its conciliation process. One of those objections was made by an EEOC Regional Attorney out...