EEOC sends a message about age discrimination

As we close in on the 50th anniversary of the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) the EEOC announced the settlement of a long-lived age discrimination suit against Texas Roadhouse. The case The case against Texas Roadhouse was filed in Massachusetts against the Kentucky based restaurant chain. The EEOC claimed the company violated the law …

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It is not just women who claim sex discrimination lawsuits

I think when most of us hear about a sex discrimination lawsuit we have a tendency to think a woman has filed a claim for discrimination on the basis of her sex. We would probably be right the majority of the time, however, not always, as witnessed by a case settled in Las Vegas. The …

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Talking about an employee’s medical condition

I am sure most everyone with “HR” in their title knows that it is improper to talk about an employee’s medical condition. However, not everyone understands that and many people are prone to talk about other people without much provocation at all. However, not even many HR people know that talking about an employee’s medical …

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Just because you make Mexican food does not entitle you to hire only Hispanic workers

In a reversal of the normal race discrimination case the EEOC has announced it is suing a manufacturer of Mexican foods for discriminating against non-Hispanic applicants in its hiring processes. The case On January 12, 2017 the EEOC filed a discrimination lawsuit against Marquez Brothers International, Inc. and its affiliates for favoring less-qualified Hispanic job …

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EEOC issues National Origin discrimination guidance

National origin discrimination is certainly in the news today. With large numbers of people seeking refuge in the United States from the wars and dismal conditions in their home countries and due to the rise in terroristic act national origin discrimination has been at the forefront of many discrimination cases. It is however not new …

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The EEOC adds two new areas of investigation interest

On October 17, 2016 the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) released an updated version of their Strategic Enforcement Plan (SEP) that was originally developed in 2012. In doing so they added two areas of enforcement  of which employers need to be aware. Old areas Before I talk about the new areas it would probably be …

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Retaliation is a big deal to the EEOC

On September 7, 2016 I wrote Guarding against retaliation is a much more active process now! Since then I have read some additional material that certainly indicates that retaliation is a very big deal to the EEOC. The EEOC has even prepared suggested steps that employers should take to insure they do not engage in …

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Onionhead in the workplace: Crying a warning on workplace discrimination

I was not going to write about this at first, but when you see two prestigious law firms like Seyfarth Shaw and Constangy Brooks devoting “ink” you sit up and pay attention. Now you may be wondering what the heck is Onionhead. There are two answers to that question. The first Onionhead is a 1958 …

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Guarding against retaliation is a much more active process now!

In an August 29, 2016 press release the EEOC announced it final enforcement guidance on how retaliation is to be handles. As they announced retaliation is the most frequent claim of discrimination and exceeds 45% of claims of discrimination. As one of the three documents produced states “Federal equal employment opportunity (EEO) laws prohibit employers, …

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Zika is more than just a disease, it is also potentially a huge HR issue

According to an article in the New York Times upwards of 200,000 Americans were expected to visit Rio for the Olympic Games. In addition to seeing great sporting events and watching the U.S. team win 121 medals (American women won enough medals to have finished third as a country) the visitors were also exposed to …

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