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
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
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
On March 6, 2014, the EEOC issued two new publications addressing rights and responsibilities regarding religious dress and grooming in the workplace under Title VII. Given the steady increase in charges of religious discrimination filed with the EEOC, it is hoped that these practical guidelines will assist employers in complying with the law. » Read More
On April 25, 2012 the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission issued new Guidelines on the consideration of criminal arrest and conviction records in employment background checks. While the Guidelines do not have the force and effect of a law or regulation, they are principles that the EEOC will follow and will expect employers to follow as well. » Read More