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Jun 03, 2019

Employers: Beware the Temptation to “Retaliate”

According to the EEOC, retaliation complaints accounted for a majority of discrimination charges filed with the agency in the fiscal year 2018. Employers must be cognizant of—and resist—the temptation to take action against employees that could be perceived as retaliation for their involvement in any one of many protected activities in the workplace. » Read More

Apr 11, 2019

EEOC Announces Fiscal Year 2018 Data on Charges and Litigation

On April 10, 2019, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) released its enforcement and litigation data for fiscal year 2018. This EEOC press release highlights some of the statistics. The EEOC noted that, in 2018, it resolved over 90,000 charges of discrimination and recovered over $500 million on behalf of those who experienced workplace discrimination. » Read More

Feb 15, 2019

New Jersey’s Legislature Continues to Alter Employment Law Landscape

While New Jersey has long been considered progressive in preserving and protecting the employment rights of its citizens (see last year’s Pay Equity and Paid Sick Leave Laws), current activity in the Legislature and Governor’s office relating to laws impacting the workplace is at an all-time high. » Read More

Jan 31, 2019

EEOC Is Up and Running after the Shutdown, Reporting on Settlements and New Litigation Involving Gender Discrimination and Sexual Harassment

With the partial shutdown of the federal government, the EEOC was essentially closed, offering limited services.  Time to file a charge of discrimination was not extended and individuals who were within 30 days of the deadlines for filing were instructed to do so via hard copy, as the on-line portal was unavailable.  » Read More

Jan 02, 2019

EEOC Reports Success in Sexual Harassment Litigation

On December 21, 2018, the EEOC reported on the jury verdict issued just one day prior, in Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. Favorite Farms, Inc.  The jury awarded compensatory and punitive damages totaling $850,000 against the employer for sexual harassment and retaliation.  » Read More

Oct 19, 2018

EEOC Recommends Revamping Workplace Culture to Prevent Harassment

For some time now, and particularly since issuing the report on its Select Task Force’s Study of Harassment in the Workplace (you can review the report here), the EEOC has become increasingly active in pursuing harassment litigation.  In addition, as we wrote about here, the EEOC reconvened its Task Force for a meeting entitled “Transforming #MeToo into Harassment-Free Workplaces.” Participants discussed the EEOC’s efforts in harassment prevention since the 2016 report was issued; and considered testimony from experts in the field who discussed issues including state legislative action in the area of sexual harassment prevention.  » Read More

Sep 18, 2018

Pay Equity Litigation

The EEOC recently reported here that it filed suit in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania against a company operating in Pennsylvania. The suit alleged that the company violated the federal Equal Pay Act of 1963 and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 by paying female sales support staff less than males holding that same position, despite both male and female staff performing substantially equal work.  » Read More

Jul 20, 2018

New Jersey Moves to Bar Confidentiality in Certain Settlements

Consistent with what appears to be a recent legislative trend throughout the country, New Jersey Senate Bill S121 would bar the use of confidentiality provisions in the settlement of certain discrimination and sexual harassment suits.  On June 7, 2018, this bill passed the Senate almost unanimously.  » Read More

May 02, 2018

In the News: Avoiding the Hard and Soft Costs of Harassment Claims

Annmarie Simeone, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, was featured in the May/June 2018 issue of Corporate Counsel Business Journal.  She was interviewed in “Avoiding the Hard and Soft Costs of Harassment Claims” in regard to workplace harassment.  » Read More

Feb 14, 2018

EEOC Announces Strategic Plan for 2018-2022

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission announced yesterday that it unanimously approved its Strategic Plan for 2018-2022. A link to the EEOC’s press release discussing the Strategic Plan can be found here.  As reported by the EEOC, the Strategic Plan is the result of a collaborative effort among EEOC staff in Washington D.C. » Read More

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