December 27, 2010 |
The federal agency that enforces workplace anti-discrimination laws is warning employers they could be sued if they refuse to hire blacks or Latinos because of a bad credit history or a criminal record. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission last week sued Kaplan Higher Education Corp., accusing the company of using "a selection criterion for hiring and discharge ? namely, credit history information ? that has had a significant disparate impact on black job applicants. " The lawsuit is part of a stepped-up but controversial effort to eliminate "arbitrary barriers" to employment for minorities by the EEOC, which is governed by five commissioners, three appointed by President Obama.
September 2, 2010 |
Teresa Sanchez, a former janitor, described being touched inappropriately by her supervisor and being fired after she complained about it. "I asked for help and they wouldn't help me, and instead my supervisor would laugh at me even more," Sanchez said. "It was easier for the company to let me go and that's what they did. " Sanchez spoke at a downtown Los Angeles news conference Thursday, where the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission announced a $5.8-million settlement with Sanchez's former employer, ABM Industries Inc. of New York.
July 11, 2008 |
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has filed suit against Cheesecake Factory Inc., saying male-on-male sexual harassment occurred at one of the chain's restaurants and that supervisors ignored complaints. The class-action suit, filed last week in U.S. District Court in Arizona, alleges that three victims were harassed for months by groups of male employees at the chain's Chandler, Ariz., restaurant.
March 6, 2008 |
Federal job discrimination complaints by workers against private employers rose 9% last year, the biggest annual increase since the early 1990s. The data released by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission show allegations of discrimination based on race, retaliation and sex were the most frequent. There were 82,792 complaints filed in the budget year ended Sept. 30.
December 28, 2007 |
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ruled that employers could cut benefits for retirees who turned 65 and became eligible for Medicare without violating age discrimination laws. The commission, which enforces workplace fairness laws, said in a regulation that took effect Wednesday that companies and unions could offer greater benefits to those who were too young to qualify for Medicare or state-sponsored health insurance.
November 20, 2007 |
A government lawsuit against the Salvation Army has the House and Senate at loggerheads over whether to nullify a law that prohibits employers from firing people who don't speak English on the job. The fight illustrates the explosiveness of immigration as an issue in the 2008 elections. Republicans on Capitol Hill are pushing hard to protect employers who require their workers to speak English, but Democratic leaders have blocked the move despite narrow vote tallies in the GOP's favor.