EEOC Year-End Countdown

Monthly Archives: October 2016

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

A Look Through The Crystal Ball: The EEOC’s Updated 2017-2021 Strategic Enforcement Plan

Posted in EEOC Litigation

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

Seyfarth Synopsis: On October 17, 2016, the EEOC unveiled its updated Strategic Enforcement Plan (“SEP”) for Fiscal Years 2017-2021. It ought to be required reading for every employer and their executive teams.

The New SEP

The 2017 SEP can be viewed here. This plan replaces the first … Continue Reading

Fifth Circuit Flips Grant Of Summary Judgment Against EEOC in ADA Case

Posted in EEOC Litigation

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

Seyfarth Synopsis: In an ADA action regarding disability discrimination, the Fifth Circuit reversed a District Court’s grant of summary judgment in favor of the employer and against the EEOC, noting that even though the charging party indicated she had a temporary total disability on a disability insurance claim form that she submitted … 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

The Clock Has Struck 12 On The EEOC Fiscal Year-End Countdown – Surprising Revelations For FY 2016

Posted in EEOC Litigation

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

 With the end of another EEOC fiscal year employers look with anticipation to what the year-end trends can tell us about the sometimes elusive EEOC litigation agenda. In years past, the EEOC has engaged in a “filing frenzy,” with dozens of lawsuits filed in the waning … Continue Reading