NEWS & ANALYSIS


Store Chain's Background Checks Discriminate, EEOC Says

By Emmy Freedman

Convenience store chain Sheetz discriminated against nonwhite job applicants by basing hiring decisions on criminal history checks and refusing to let rejected job-seekers appeal those decisions, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission told a Maryland federal court.

Marine Co. Settles EEOC Suit Over Yanked Job Offer

By Parker Quinlan

A Louisiana-based marine services company agreed to shell out $45,000 settlement to resolve a U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission suit alleging it illegally revoked a job offer after finding out the candidate took prescribed medication to treat ADHD, according to the EEOC.

School District To Pay $200K To End EEOC Age Bias Suit

By Grace Elletson

An Illinois school district will pay about $206,000 to bring an end to a U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission suit claiming it capped salary increases for teachers over 45 to dodge increased retirement payments, the agency said Wednesday.

DHL To Pay $8.7M To End Long-Running EEOC Race Bias Suit

By Patrick Hoff

Logistics company DHL will pay $8.7 million to resolve a 14-year-old U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission suit alleging it gave Black workers more difficult and dangerous work assignments than white employees, according to an agreement filed in Illinois federal court.

Builder Ends EEOC Suit Accusing It Of Firing White Worker

By Emmy Freedman

A manufactured-home builder will pay $135,000 to end a U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission lawsuit accusing it of firing a white worker because he has a multiracial family and refused to take part in conversations belittling Black people, the agency said Tuesday.

Hospital To Pay $45K To Resolve EEOC Racial Slur Firing Suit

By Emmy Freedman

A North Dakota hospital will pay $45,000 to resolve a lawsuit the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission lodged accusing it of firing a Black nurse's aide less than a week after she reported that a colleague had called her the N-word, the agency announced Monday.

Off-Road Vehicle Dealer Strikes Deal In EEOC Sex Bias Suit

By Grace Elletson

A motor sports retailer will settle a U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission suit alleging it told a female sales manager her role was being scrapped and fired her, only to replace her with a less-experienced man, according to a filing in Oklahoma federal court.

Eye Care Company Settles EEOC Sex Harassment Probe

By Emmy Freedman

A Colorado-based eye care company struck a deal with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to end an agency investigation into allegations that the company's owner sexually harassed an employee until that employee quit, the EEOC said Thursday.

Olive Garden Strikes Deal To End EEOC Disability Bias Suit

By Emmy Freedman

Olive Garden will pay $30,000 to resolve a lawsuit from the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission accusing it of refusing to hire a busser because he used a cane, according to an order filed Tuesday in Pennsylvania federal court.

Staffing Co. To Pay $2.2M To Settle EEOC Hiring Bias Suit

By Benjamin Morse

A staffing agency will pay $2.2 million to end a U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission suit alleging the employer worked with a laundry facility to illegally exclude Black people and those with disabilities from jobs and to hire men and women only for gendered roles.

Wash. Clinic Reaches Religious Bias Settlement With EEOC

By Patrick Hoff

A mental health clinic in Washington state agreed to pay $95,000 to resolve a U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission charge alleging it fired a therapist for asking to be relieved of a job responsibility that clashed with her religious beliefs, the federal bias watchdog said.

Judge Won't Ice EEOC's Race Bias Suit Against Tesla

By Patrick Hoff

Tesla can't put off or dodge a U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission lawsuit alleging the carmaker allowed rampant racism to overtake a California factory, a federal judge has ruled, saying parallel state court cases can't resolve the agency's claims.

BBQ Spot Strikes Deal To Exit EEOC Sex Harassment Suit

By Emmy Freedman

A barbecue restaurant agreed Monday to pay $56,500 to resolve a lawsuit brought by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission accusing it of firing a female worker who complained she was being doggedly pursued by a male shift leader, according to a filing in Georgia federal court.

Hog Farm Allowed Harassment Of Trans Worker, EEOC Says

By Emmy Freedman

An Illinois hog farm failed to step in when a worker exposed his genitals and made explicit sexual comments to a transgender female employee, prompting her to quit, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission said in a lawsuit filed Thursday.

Seafood Restaurant Settles EEOC Sex Harassment Suit

By Grace Elletson

A seafood restaurant reached a deal with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to shutter a suit filed in South Carolina federal court alleging it failed to step in when a female server complained she was groped and harassed by a male co-worker.

Hospital Fired Worker For Objecting To Sex Bias, EEOC Says

By Emmy Freedman

A hospital fired the director of its obstetrics department after she complained to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission that she was passed over for a promotion because she's a woman, the agency said in a lawsuit filed in Kentucky federal court Wednesday.

Md. Casino To Pay $100K To End EEOC Sex Harassment Suit

By Emmy Freedman

A resort and casino agreed to pay $100,000 to resolve a suit the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission brought accusing it of failing to step in when a female former bartender endured sexual harassment from a male colleague, after a Maryland federal judge approved the deal Tuesday.

Eatery Fired Black Cook For Challenging Abuse, EEOC Says

By Grace Elletson

A restaurant and brewery fired a Black cook for complaining that verbal abuse targeting Black and Hispanic employees ran rampant in the workplace as well as the mistreatment of female employees, according to a U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission suit filed Monday in Georgia federal court.

Dillard's To Pay $70K To End EEOC Pregnancy Bias Suit

By Emmy Freedman

A Georgia federal judge signed off Friday on a $70,000 settlement that puts an end to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's lawsuit accusing Dillard's Inc. of refusing to allow a pregnant employee to take breaks and then firing her after she complained.

Nursing Home Settles EEOC Suit Over Rescinded Job Offer

By Emmy Freedman

A Florida assisted living facility will pay $67,500 to end a lawsuit from the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission alleging the company's owner questioned a Haitian would-be employee about voodoo and then rescinded her job offer, the agency announced Friday.