NEWS & ANALYSIS


Amusement Park Reaches Deal To End EEOC's Age Bias Suit

By Emmy Freedman

An amusement park agreed to pay $50,000 to wrap up a lawsuit from the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission accusing it of violating federal age discrimination law by refusing to offer housing to older seasonal workers, according to a motion filed Thursday in Ohio federal court.

Pizza Hut Franchisee Resolves EEOC Disability Bias Probe

By Patrick Hoff

A Pizza Hut franchise will pay $15,000 to settle U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission allegations that an Ohio restaurant subjected an employee to derogatory comments based on her disability, the commission said Wednesday.

Air Force Contractor Strikes Deal In EEOC Disability Bias Suit

By Grace Elletson

A U.S. Air Force contractor reached a deal to stave off a trial and end a U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission suit alleging the company illegally barred workers from taking certain prescriptions, according to an Alabama federal court filing.

Medical Clinic Settles EEOC's Pregnancy Bias Suit

By Emmy Freedman

A medical clinic will pay $50,000 to end a U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission suit accusing it of illegally disciplining an employee after she missed work due to pregnancy complications and firing her when she contracted COVID-19, a Georgia federal court ruled.

Beauty Co., EEOC End Dispute Over Deaf Worker's Firing

By Emmy Freedman

A personal care and beauty products company agreed to pay $75,000 to end a suit from the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission accusing it of immediately firing a worker after learning she was deaf, according to a filing in Illinois federal court.

Medical Test Kit Supplier Strikes Deal In EEOC's Hair Bias Suit

By Emmy Freedman

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission asked a Louisiana federal court Wednesday to sign off on a $50,000 deal with a medical testing kit supplier accusing it of unlawfully firing a Black salesperson because of her hair, arriving after the company filed for bankruptcy.

La. Bakery Illegally Fired Pregnant Cook, EEOC Says

By Emmy Freedman

A New Orleans bakery fired a pastry cook just days after she started because she experienced pregnancy complications and told her it would rehire her after she gave birth, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission said in a complaint filed in Louisiana federal court. 

Physical Therapy Co. Settles EEOC Pregnancy Bias Suit

By Grace Elletson

A physical therapy practice agreed to hand over $70,000 to end a U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission suit alleging it rescinded an occupational therapist's job offer after learning she was pregnant, according to a Maryland federal court filing.

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.