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Discrimination Claims in Virginia Must Be Brought Promptly

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 discriminatory employment...

Record Number of EEOC Discrimination Filings in FY 2010

According to EEOC information released on January 11, 2011, there were a record number of discrimination filings in the fiscal year that ended September 30, 2010. The number of filings approached 100,000, as economic challenges and high levels of unemployment boosted the number of filings. The...

U.S. Supreme Court Allows Retaliatory Discharge Lawsuits By Persons Sufficiently Close To An Employee Who Makes A Discrimination Charge; Will New York State Courts Do The Same?

The anti-retaliation provision of Title VII of The Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended ("Title VII") prohibits an employer from "discriminat[ing] against any of his employees . . . because he has made a charge" under Title VII. 42 U.S.C. § 2000e-3(a). Title VII allows "a...

The Arizona Breakdown – EEOC Charges, Sunny Days, and a Few Things In Between

After the blog's brief hiatus, I started debating what sort of post would be worthy of the "first post back" honors, and I realized that I had so much to update and catch up on within my own state, that I should just start right here. So, here it is: the Arizona Breakdown. *FY...

Is Your Company a Target of the EEOC?

Is your company an EEOC target? I've written 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...

GINA Strikes Again

by Mark Jeffries A few months ago, we told you about the EEOC’s first lawsuit alleging a violation of the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 (“GINA”). A week after settling that case, which was brought on behalf of an individual, the EEOC filed another complaint. In...

U.S. Supreme Court Hears Arguments on EEOC’s Duty to Conciliate

WASHINGTON, D.C. — (Mealey’s) Since the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, must first attempt to resolve a claim of bias against a private employer through conciliation before filing suit, the court may conduct a “modest inquiry”...

Are Settlement Attempts Still Required for EEOC Charges?

by Faith Alejandro Should attempts to settle discrimination lawsuits with the EEOC be made in good faith? Employers in Illinois, Wisconsin, and Indiana think so and hope the Supreme Court of the United States will agree. Last month, the Supreme Court heard oral argument in an appeal from a case...

One of EEOC’s First Transgender Lawsuits Has Settled

Last September, I posted that the EEOC had filed its first two lawsuits against private employers alleging discrimination based on gender identity . The EEOC announced this week that one of the lawsuits — against Lakeland Eye Clinic of Florida — has settled. The Clinic has agreed to make...

Second Circuit Finds EEOC Investigation Not Subject to Review

by Sean Kirby Recently, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit held in the matter of Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) v. Sterling Jewelers Inc. (“Sterling Jewelers”) , that the District Court erred by considering the sufficiency of the EEOC’s...

Straight From the Source: EEOC’s 10 Hottest Litigation Trends

Last week I heard David Lopez, General Counsel of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, speak about EEOC litigation developments at the annual North Carolina/South Carolina Labor and Employment Law conference. The EEOC has been litigating like a house afire, so I knew you would want to hear...