September EEOC Updates

New Online Resource for Small Businesses

 On Monday September 27th, the EEOC released a new online resource center for small businesses, which was designed to help the small businesses comply with laws that are enforced by the EEOC.  The online resource center includes user-friendly information on federal anti-discrimination laws, tips for small businesses, and short videos on compliance issues. 

To access the online resource center, click here…

 

Company Sued by EEOC for Pay Discrimination 

A San Diego based company was sued by the EEOC for violating federal law as a female employee was paid less than a male employee in the same role.  Along with receiving less pay, the female employee complained about the pay discrimination and was fired from here position two days after.  This is a violation of the Equal Pay Act of 1963.

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Restaurant Settles $81,500 Sexual Harassment Suit

 A North Carolina restaurant has agreed to settle a sexual harassment and retaliation suit for $81,500, which was filed by the EEOC.  The suit alleged that an employee at the restaurant was often subjected to sexual touching and offensive sexual comments by a male manager and other male co-workers.  After the employee filed criminal charges, her hours were reduced on the schedule until she was eventually removed entirely.  Such conduct violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

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Jury Awards $277,565 to Former Employee due to Disability Discrimination

 A federal jury ruled in favor of the EEOC in a federal disability discrimination lawsuit against a national retailer.  The employee was a diabetic and has requested multiple times from her supervisor to keep juice nearby to prevent a hypoglycemic attack.  The supervisor said it wasn’t allowed, however there was an accommodation policy that could have allowed it.  One day the employee was feeling symptoms of a hypoglycemic attack and drank a juice before paying for it, but after the emergency it was paid for.  She was fired for violating the “grazing” policy even though the supervisor knew of the disability and denied having a juice near the register to prevent such emergency. 

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Hospital Sued for Age Discrimination

 A hospital in Colorado violated federal law by forcing employees to retire or firing them outright due to their age, the EEOC claims.  The hospital allegedly made many comments about a nurse’s age, saying that younger nurses would be able to perform better, and they said they also preferred younger aged nurses.  The EEOC is supporting a group of employees aged 40+ who were forced to retire or resign due to the age.  Age discrimination is against the law!

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