Federal EEOC Warned Census Bureau Of Likely Discrimination, Lawsuit Claims

NEW YORK - An amended complaint filed in a federal lawsuit alleges that the U.S. Census Bureau ignored a pointed, detailed warning by the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) that its screening process for hiring more than 1 million temporary census workers could result in massive racial...

Farms Recalling Eggs Share Suppliers, Other Ties

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (AP) Two Iowa farms that recalled more than a half-billion eggs linked to as many as 1,300 cases of salmonella poisoning share suppliers of chickens and feed as well as ties to an Iowa business routinely cited for violating state and federal law, an egg industry spokeswoman said. Full...

Feds: Muslims Faced Discrimination At Neb. Plant

OMAHA, Neb. - (AP) Federal officials say a JBS Swift & Co. meatpacking plant in Nebraska should provide Muslim employees with prayer time and not retaliate against workers who ask to pray. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed a lawsuit Monday on behalf of more than 80 Somali Muslims...

Fox News Sued Over Reporter's Bias Charges

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (AP) Federal authorities are suing the Fox News Network for allegedly retaliating against a reporter after she complained about unequal pay and job conditions based on her gender and age. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission says Fox News Channel reporter Catherine Herridge...

Job Bias Claims Set New Record On Disability Surge

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (AP) Federal job bias complaints climbed to record levels last year, led by a surge in workers claiming discrimination based on disability. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission says charges of disability discrimination rose by about 17 percent to 25,165 claims. Overall, the...

Supreme Court: Title VII Forbids Third-Party Retaliation

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) An employer may not use third-party reprisal as a means of retaliating against the third party's fiancée, an employee who filed a discrimination claim, and the third-party employee has standing to sue the employer, a unanimous U.S. Supreme Court ruled Jan...

Supreme Court Says Company Can't Fire Employee's Fiancée

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (AP) The Supreme Court says companies can't fire people simply because they are in a relationship with other employees who complain of discrimination. The high court on Monday unanimously ruled for Eric Thompson, who was fired from a North American Stainless plant in Kentucky...

Lawsuit Claims Discrimination At Louisiana Oil Services Company

BATON ROUGE, La. - (AP) About 230 current and former employees at a Louisiana-based oil services company have filed a civil rights lawsuit, saying they were forced to work in facilities where racist graffiti, slurs and discrimination are commonplace. The lawsuit was filed this week in a Texas federal...

Wal-Mart To Pay $440,000 In California Harassment Lawsuit

FRESNO, Calif. - (AP) Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has agreed to pay $440,000 to settle a federal harassment lawsuit by 10 employees who say they endured ethnic slurs and derogatory remarks on a daily basis while working at a Sam's Club store in Fresno, Calif. Wal-Mart owns and operates Sam's Club. Full...

Agency Sues California Contractor, Farms In Thai Workers Case

LOS ANGELES - (AP) A federal agency has sued a California-based labor contractor and farms in Washington and Hawaii alleging discrimination against more than 200 Thai workers in what was called its largest human trafficking case in agriculture. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed lawsuits...

EEOC Sues Over India Immigrant Workers' Treatment

PASCAGOULA, Miss. - (AP) A federal agency claims in a lawsuit filed this week that hundreds of people recruited in India to work for an oil rig construction company in Mississippi and Texas in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina were forced into oppressive living arrangements and subjected to harsh language...

Muslim Woman Sues Abercrombie & Fitch Over Hijab

SAN FRANCISCO - (AP) A former stockroom worker for Abercrombie & Fitch Co. sued the clothing retailer in federal court Monday, saying she was illegally fired after refusing to remove her Muslim headscarf while on the job. Hani Khan said a manager at the company's Hollister Co. store at the Hillsdale...

Verizon To Pay $20 Million To Settle Discrimination Lawsuit

BALTIMORE - (AP) Verizon will pay $20 million to resolve a lawsuit over its treatment of disabled employees who missed work as a result of their disabilities. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission announced the settlement Wednesday. In the lawsuit filed in Maryland, the EEOC said Verizon unlawfully...

Muslim Man Sues Washington Employer For Firing Over Beard

SEATTLE - (AP) A Seattle-area Muslim man is suing his former employer, claiming he was fired as a security guard for refusing to shave the beard he wears for religious reasons. Abdulkadir Omar, 22, filed his federal lawsuit July 15 in Seattle against Sacramento-based American Patriot Security, seeking...

U.S. Supreme Court Hears Teacher's Ministerial Exception Arguments

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) The government has no right to interfere with a religious school's employment decisions when it comes to a teacher who taught religious class, led worship and led prayer, the attorney for Hosanna-Tabor Evangelical Lutheran Church and School argued Oct. 5 before the...

Williams Mullen: EEOC Final Rule Clarifies Age Discrimination In Employment Act Defense

B y David C. Burton and Reba Mendoza On March 29, 2012, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ("EEOC") issued a final rule amending the Age Discrimination in Employment Act ("ADEA") regulations in the wake of the United States Supreme Court's decisions in Smith v. City...

In A Lurid Story Of E-Discovery And Ham, Magistrate Judge Tells Parties To Pay For A Forensic Expert To Sort Through The Data

In case you read the E-Discovery Brief to your kids at night, please be aware that this article contains sexual content not suitable for children under the age of, well, it's just not suitable. This is a story that involves sexual harassment, text messages, amorous Facebook ® musings, foul language...

Split Supreme Court Narrows Definition Of 'Supervisor'

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) An employer is vicariously liable for an employee's harassment only if that employee is given the power by the employer "to take tangible employment actions against the victim," a split U.S. Supreme Court ruled June 24, rejecting the Equal Employment Opportunity...