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Help! I Just Received a Charge of Discrimination. Now What? - Part 1 of 3

So you’ve just received a charge of discrimination from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) or a local agency. Now what? In this three-part series, we will explore best practices for handling a charge.

Changing Stated Reasons For Termination Might Come Back To Bite You

Changing reasons for termination can be a real problem for employers. This is often a lesson management side labor and employment lawyers spout to their clients over and over again. One employer in Kansas unfortunately learned this lesson the hard way.

Employee’s ADA Claim is Out of Sight

Advancements in technology and software can help employers track employee productivity. But what happens when an employee’s medical condition influences her ability to use an employer’s technology?

EEO-1 Reporting Deadline Still March 31

For over 50 years, by September 30, employers with 100 or more employees and federal contractors with at least 50 employees were required to submit an EEO-1 report to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). The EEO-1 report provides the EEOC with data about the size, location, and race and gender demographics of an employer’s workforce. In 2017, due to proposed changes that would have required employers to also provide information on employee compensation and hours worked, the filing deadline for 2017 EEO-1 reports was changed to March 31, 2018. Although those changes were later withdrawn by the Office of Management and Budget, the new filing deadline stayed in place.

Federal Appeals Court Overturns Decades Of Precedent To Revive Workplace Claim

Overturning 40 years of precedent, the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals has just ruled that an employee’s failure to file an EEOC charge does not necessarily bar consideration of a private discrimination lawsuit. By concluding that an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) charge is not a jurisdictional prerequisite to suit, the federal appeals court’s August 17 decision provides a new lifeline for disgruntled employees and former employees to bring suit against their employers (Lincoln v. BNSF Railway Company, Inc.).

Fifth Circuit Finds Employer’s Peer Review Process Does Not Constitute an Adverse Employment Action

The federal Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals recently issued an interesting decision finding that the actions of an employer’s peer review committee did not constitute an adverse employment action under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. This decision was driven by the specific facts presented to the court, so it does not necessarily signal a trend toward peer review actions being treated in this manner in Title VII cases. Visit our EPL Risk Mitigation blog to learn more about this decision.

EEOC Flexes Its Muscle on Anti-Harassment Litigation

In an unusual, coordinated litigation strategy, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) last week filed seven lawsuits alleging workplace harassment. The lawsuits – which followed a reconvening of an EEOC task force on harassment – suggest that the EEOC is seeking to capitalize on the momentum of the #MeToo movement by emphasizing harassment enforcement actions. The lawsuits also underscore the potential consequences of allowing harassment in the workplace to go unaddressed.

Eleventh Circuit Raises Bar for Employers Seeking Summary Judgment in Discrimination Cases

Executive Summary: On June 1, 2018, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit in Jefferson v. Sewon America, Inc., No. 17-11802, held that the McDonnell Douglas burden-shifting framework does not apply to discrimination claims where the plaintiff offered direct evidence of discrimination, even though the plaintiff herself called her evidence circumstantial and analyzed her claims under that framework. Jefferson is part of the Eleventh Circuit’s recent trend of reducing the burden on employment discrimination plaintiffs at the summary judgment stage, making it easier for them to proceed to trial before a jury.

The EEO-1 Aftermath: The Filing Extension and Employers’ Common Mistakes

The filing deadline for employers to submit their 2017 EEO-1 reports was June 1, 2018—moved back from the original deadline of March 31, 2018. Employers may have used that extra time to double-check data and ensure they avoided common filing errors. This article answers some frequently asked questions about the filing extension and explores common EEO-1 mistakes.

Unintentional Discrimination? What Every Employer Needs to Know About Disparate Impact Claims

We all know (or should know) that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act and other discrimination laws prohibit intentional discrimination “because of” protected characteristics like race, age, gender, or disability. We can easily imagine instances of intentional discrimination—a sexist manager refusing to hire female applicants, a racist boss refusing to promote qualified African Americans, and the list goes on.