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Denial Of Defenses: Illinois Court OK’s EEOC’s Pre-Suit Procedures

Posted in Motions for Summary Judgment

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

Seyfarth Synopsis:  A federal district court in Illinois recently granted the EEOC’s motion for partial summary judgment in EEOC v. Dolgencorp, LLC, No. 13-CV-4307 (N.D. Ill. Apr. 10, 2017), relative to two defenses advanced by an employer, including: (1) the EEOC’s claims were barred as beyond … Continue Reading

Tennessee Court Rejects EEOC’s Supersized Subpoena Served On Fast Food Employer

Posted in Investigation Tactics and Administrative Subpoenas

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

Seyfarth Synopsis: A federal court in Tennessee denied the EEOC’s application for an Order to Show Cause why its administrative subpoena should not be enforced.  This ruling highlights the importance and benefits of employers understanding the contours of the charges being investigated by the EEOC, so that … Continue Reading

Keys To Successor Liability: EEOC Discrimination Suit In Alabama

Posted in EEOC Litigation

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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A recent … Continue Reading

No Subpoena For You! – Tenth Circuit Says EEOC’s Subpoena Out Of Line

Posted in Investigation Tactics and Administrative Subpoenas

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

Seyfarth Synopsis: The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit recently held that a district court did not abuse its discretion when it declined to enforce a far-reaching EEOC administrative subpoena relating to one employee’s charge of disability and pregnancy discrimination. The case is important for all … Continue Reading

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

Posted in EEOC Litigation

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

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

Posted in EEOC Litigation

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

Court Rejects EEOC’s EPA Lawsuit Theory

Posted in Motions for Summary Judgment

By Gerald L. Maatman, Jr. and Michael L. DeMarino

Seyfarth Synopsis:  The EEOC sued an employer for Equal Pay Act violations, claiming that Maryland Insurance Administration failed to pay three female fraud investigators the same wages as comparable male fraud investigators. On cross motions for summary judgment, the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland denied the EEOC’s … Continue Reading

Now Something Known As “Onionhead” Is A “Religion” For Which The EEOC Can Bring A Religious Discrimination Suit

Posted in Motions for Summary Judgment

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

Seyfarth Synopsis: In an EEOC religious discrimination case, a federal court found that “Onionhead” was a religion for purposes of Title VII.   The court also found that the EEOC did not fail to meet its Title VII pre-suit duties when it added to its lawsuit seven additional claimants that it discovered … Continue Reading

Fifth Circuit Green Lights Discovery Over Immigration Status In EEOC Litigation

Posted in Discovery

By Gerald L. Maatman, Jr. and Michael L. DeMarino

Seyfarth Synopsis:  Hispanic employees of a poultry processing plant alleged harassment and abuse on the job. The company claimed that the employees’ allegations were fabricated in order to obtain U visas, which are available to immigrant abuse victims who assist in government investigations. Over the plaintiffs’ objections, the district court … Continue Reading