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Interference On The Defense? Tenth Circuit Reinstates EEOC’s Formerly Dismissed Claim

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By Gerald L. Maatman, Jr. and Alex W. Karasik

Seyfarth Synopsis:  After a federal district court dismissed the EEOC’s unlawful-interference claim against a private college that had sued a former employee for allegedly breaching a settlement agreement by filing an EEOC charge, the Tenth Circuit reversed the dismissal of the EEOC’s unlawful-interference claim, citing the employer’s introduction of a new … Continue Reading

EEOC’s Motion For Sanctions Granted Over Employer’s Failure To Preserve And Produce Records

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By Gerald L. Maatman, Jr. and Alex W. Karasik

Seyfarth Synopsis: In an EEOC lawsuit alleging that an employer failed to reasonably accommodate its Muslim employees’ requests for prayer breaks, a federal court in Colorado granted the EEOC’s motion for sanctions — as a result of the employer’s failure to preserve and produce various records — and barred the … Continue Reading

More “Mark of the Beast” – Fourth Circuit Affirms Denial Of Employer’s Post-Verdict Motions In EEOC’s Anti-Christ Discrimination Case

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By Gerald L. Maatman, Jr. and Alex W. Karasik

Seyfarth Synopsis: The Fourth Circuit recently affirmed a U.S. District Court’s denial of three post-verdict motions brought by an employer in an EEOC religious discrimination case alleging a failure to accommodate an employee’s Anti-Christ fears. The case is an interesting read for any employer involved in religious discrimination issues.

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Dueling Fifth Circuit Panel Deadlocks, No Rehearing For Bass Pro In “Big Fish” EEOC Case

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By Gerald L. Maatman, Jr., Christopher J. DeGroff, and Alex W. Karasik

Seyfarth Synopsis: After a Fifth Circuit decision affirming a ruling by a U.S. District Court in Texas allowed the EEOC to seek compensatory and punitive damages in its high-profile Title VII pattern or practice race discrimination lawsuit against Bass Pro, a deadlocked Fifth Circuit denied Bass … Continue Reading

Keys To Successor Liability: EEOC Discrimination Suit In Alabama

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Seyfarth Synopsis: An Alabama district court granted a temporary staffing company’s motion to dismiss all claims in one of the EEOC’s most high-profile lawsuits asserting hiring discrimination and abuse of vulnerable workers. The ruling illustrates the procedural defenses that employers possess to ensure that pre-lawsuit investigations undertaken by the EEOC accord with its obligations under the law.

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No Means No – Judge Limits The EEOC’s Claims In Bass Pro Case (Again)

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Seyfarth Synopsis: In the high-profile EEOC race discrimination litigation against Bass Pro, the Court denied the EEOC’s motion for a ruling that would have allowed it to include in its § 706 claims those individuals who had not yet applied to work for Bass Pro when the mandatory Title VII conciliation process took place.

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2016’s Top 5 Most Intriguing Developments In EEOC-Initiated Litigation (And A Preview Of Our Annual EEOC Litigation Report)

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By Gerald L. Maatman, Jr., Christopher J. DeGroff, and Matthew J. Gagnon

We are once again pleased to offer our loyal readers our annual analysis of the five most intriguing developments in EEOC litigation in 2016, along with a pre-publication preview of our annual report on developments and trends in EEOC-initiated litigation. That book, titled EEOC-Initiated Litigation: FY 2016Continue Reading

Bullseye On Big Business: EEOC’s 2016 Performance And Accountability Report Shows Target On Systemic Litigation

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By Gerald L. Maatman, Jr., Christopher DeGroff, Matthew Gagnon, and Alex W. Karasik

Seyfarth Synopsis: The EEOC recently released its annual Performance and Accountability Report for the fiscal year 2016, a must-read for employers regarding statistical data on EEOC litigation. Continuing a trend from recent years, the EEOC has reaffirmed its commitment to targeting companies in high-profile systemic … Continue Reading

EEOC Shakeup? Top Ways Trump Presidency Could Impact The EEOC

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By: Gerald L. Maatman, Jr., Christopher DeGroff, and Matthew Gagnon

Seyfarth Synopsis: The Trump Presidency will undoubtedly impact how the EEOC pursues its enforcement agenda. Although it is impossible to predict exactly what changes are in store, we think that it is a good bet that they will be driven by changes in personnel, resources, and substantive and procedural … Continue Reading

No New Trial: Court Grounds EEOC Following JetStream’s Victory In Religious Discrimination Trial

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Seyfarth Synopsis: Following a major victory for an airline-industry employer over the EEOC in a Title VII action regarding religious accommodations, the Court denied the EEOC’s motion for a new trial. The decision is a blueprint for employers on turning the tables on the Commission’s litigation tactics.

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After the EEOC brought an action alleging that airplane cabin cleaning company … Continue Reading