NEWS & ANALYSIS


EEOC, Subway Franchises Ink Deal To End Race Bias Suit

By Benjamin Morse

Three Subway franchises will pay $25,000 to end a U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission suit alleging their owner left a Black former manager no choice but to quit because of frequent racist statements and mistreatment of employees, according to a filing Wednesday in a North Carolina federal court. 

EEOC Gender Bias Suit Should Continue, Magistrate Judge Says

By Kelcey Caulder

A magistrate judge on Tuesday recommended the denial of four Georgia waste removal companies' motion to dismiss a suit brought against them by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission for allegedly subjecting female truck driver applicants to sexist interview questions before filling the roles with less qualified men.

EEOC Accuses 12 More Employers Of Spurning Data Reports

By Patrick Hoff

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed a spate of lawsuits Tuesday against hospitality, transportation, food service and construction companies across the country, alleging they've shirked their legal responsibility to report demographic data about their employees for several years.

Nursing Co. Strikes Deal To End EEOC Misgendering Probe

By Grace Elletson

A Washington nursing facility has reached a deal with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to settle a charge from a worker who said the business sat idle while co-workers repeatedly and intentionally referred to them by the wrong pronouns.

Food Co. Neglects Workers' Demographic Data, EEOC Says

By Patrick Hoff

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission said a New Jersey food service distributor failed to collect demographic data about its workforce for several years in a row, telling a New Jersey federal court that civil rights law requires the company to file the reports.

Wash. DOT Cuts Deal To Exit EEOC Disability Bias Probe

By Emmy Freedman

The Washington State Department of Transportation will pay $57,577 to put an end to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's investigation into a former worker's claim that he was fired after disclosing he has a disability, the federal bias watchdog announced Thursday. 

Md. Clinic Fires Worker With Faulty Vision, EEOC Tells Court

By Emmy Freedman

A medical clinic fired a scheduling assistant on her first day of work after learning she suffers from vision impairments that make it difficult for her to read a computer screen, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission told a Maryland federal court.

Food Cos. To Pay $245K To End EEOC Harassment Suit

By Emmy Freedman

Several food companies will pay $245,000 to resolve a lawsuit from the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission alleging a predecessor company's executive harassed employees with crude comments and unwanted touching and then fired workers who complained about it, a filing in California federal court said.

RV Co. Staves Off Trial In EEOC Disability Bias Suit

By Grace Elletson

A recreational vehicle manufacturer will pay more than $95,000 to settle U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission claims that it fired a painter the day he underwent surgery, the company said Monday, after the agency secured judgment in the Indiana federal court case that was headed to a damages trial.

Recycling Co. Cuts Deal To Exit EEOC Retaliation Suit

By Emmy Freedman

A recycling company will pay $90,000 to resolve a U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission lawsuit accusing it of firing a veteran employee because he participated in an agency probe regarding gender bias, a filing in Alabama federal court said.

EEOC Sues Smithfield Foods In Ga. For Age Discrimination

By Kelcey Caulder

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed suit against Smithfield Foods Inc. and Smithfield Fresh Meats Sales Corp. in Georgia federal court on Friday for age discrimination, alleging the companies violated federal law by firing a senior sales employee because of her age.

UPS Can't Sink EEOC Suit Claiming It Spurned Deaf Drivers

By Grace Elletson

An Illinois federal judge refused Thursday to toss a U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission suit claiming UPS refused to hire deaf applicants who were cleared by the government for truck driver positions, unpersuaded by the company's argument that the suit lacked enough detail to stay in court.

Cleaning Co. Settles EEOC Sex Harassment Suit For $200K

By Grace Elletson

A cleaning company will pay $200,000 to end a U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission suit in Wisconsin federal court claiming it ignored complaints that women were being subjected to unwanted touching and sexual advances on the job, the agency announced Thursday.

EEOC Suit Over Vax Refuser's Firing Survives Dismissal Bid

By Patrick Hoff

Arkansas-based Hank's Furniture Inc. must face a U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission lawsuit claiming it unlawfully fired a Christian manager who refused the COVID-19 vaccine, with a Florida federal judge ruling the agency plausibly alleged her beliefs conflicted with the company's inoculation policy.

Tractor Co. Inks Deal To End EEOC Suit Over HIV Disclosure

By Emmy Freedman

A company that sells tractors reached a $75,000 deal to resolve a lawsuit from the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission accusing it of disclosing an employee's HIV status to other workers and then firing the employee after she complained, a filing in Mississippi federal court said.

Judge Steps Down From EEOC Age, Race Bias Suit

By Patrick Hoff

A Tennessee federal judge stepped down Tuesday from a U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission suit claiming HCA Healthcare refused to promote a researcher because he was an Asian man in his 50s, nullifying her recent decision denying the company's dismissal bid.

Security Co. Settles EEOC Age, Disability Bias Suit

By Grace Elletson

A New York City security company will pay $22,500 to close a U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission suit claiming it pressured a worker to retire following a heart attack and fired him when he refused, according to a Monday filing in New York federal court.

Oil Co. Ends EEOC Disability Bias Suit Over Opioid Meds

By Emmy Freedman

An oilfield equipment supplier will pay $35,000 to end a suit in Texas federal court by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission accusing it of yanking a job offer from a welder because of his opioid use disorder medication, the EEOC said.

Mont. Utility Co. Ends EEOC Sex Harassment Suit In $50K Deal

By Grace Elletson

A utility company has agreed to hand over $50,000 to end a U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission suit filed in Montana federal court claiming it pushed an employee out of her job after she complained that her supervisor propositioned her for sex, the agency announced.

Contractor Denies Driving Job To Amputee, EEOC Tells Court

By Emmy Freedman

A company that contracts with mine sites illegally refused to hire a worker to drive a dump truck because he's a right-arm amputee, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission said in a suit filed in Georgia federal court.