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
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
It may be hard to believe, but October 5, 2018, marked the one-year anniversary of the New York Times exposé of Harvey Weinstein, which led to a nationwide conversation about sexual assault and sexual harassment that continues to this day. Although it is impossible to quantify the impact of this movement on our society, preliminary data released by the U.S. » Read More
The protections afforded to transgender employees in Pennsylvania are increasing but remain uncertain. In August 2018, the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission (“PHRC”) issued guidance to elaborate on the meaning of “sex” under the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act (“PHRA”). The PHRC concluded that sex discrimination does encompass claims of discrimination based on sexual orientation, transgender transition, gender identity, and gender expression. » Read More
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
In June 2016, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s Select Task Force on the Study of Harassment in the Workplace issued a report on its 18-month examination of the countless issues relating to workplace harassment. The report also included several conclusions recognizing the continuing presence of harassment in the workplace, as well as recommendations for best practices, training, and outreach focused on harassment prevention. » Read More
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
On January 19, 2018, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission announced the availability of its most recent Digest of Equal Employment Opportunity Law (“EEO Digest”) which can be accessed here. » Read More
Harvey Weinsten, Ben Afleck (bad move, Batman!), John Besh, Mark Halperin, former President George H.W. Bush: it seems like every day now there is another news story about allegations of harassment (or worse) in the workplace. Without getting into the specifics of the claims, employers can learn something from these issues. » Read More
This past week saw the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission issue several publications focused on providing informational and compliance updates.
On September 27, the EEOC announced the launch of its online “Small Business Resource Center.” See the announcement.
This online resource is intended to provide an easily accessible reference source for small employers to educate and promote compliance with the federal anti-discrimination laws, which are enforced by the EEOC. » Read More