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  • Army Ordered to Pay Damages for Discrimination; Trans Man Kept from Women’s Bathroom

    04/09/2015 12:30:18 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 54 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | April 9, 2015
    The Obama administration has ordered the U.S. Army to pay damages for discriminating against a transgender worker by denying the one-time man access to the women’s bathroom after he “transitioned” to female, thus changing his “gender identity.” Additionally, the administration has determined that the Army also discriminated against the employee by failing to use his new female name (Tamara Lusardi) and instead continuing to use the name the man was originally hired under. The case involves a military veteran who worked as a civilian software specialist at the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Research, Development and Engineering Center (AMRDEC) in...
  • EEOC Keeps Its Losing Streak Intact, Reinforces The Case Against Administrative Law

    03/04/2015 1:19:35 PM PST · by reaganaut1 · 6 replies
    Forbes ^ | March 4, 2015 | George Leef
    ... Last March I discussed the trip to the woodshed the agency endured in the Kaplan case when the Sixth Circuit slammed its “expert,” whose purported proof of statistical discrimination was seen to be laughable. The agency has just received similar treatment from the Fourth Circuit in EEOC v. Freeman – exactly the same sort of disparate impact case where a company used background checks to help screen out workers who might not be trustworthy, particularly in jobs involving the handling of money. The EEOC’s view is that employers are not allowed to have a preference for workers who haven’t...
  • Feds say Walmart was biased against lesbians

    02/19/2015 6:56:36 AM PST · by smokingfrog · 41 replies
    abc13 ^ | 2-19-15 | AP story
    BOSTON, MA -- A federal agency says Walmart discriminated against a lesbian employee who sought health coverage for her ailing wife and has ordered "a just resolution" for violating her civil rights. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ordered the retail giant to work with Jacqueline Cote of New Bedford, Massachusetts, who hopes the determination will help her pay off $100,000 in medical bills. In a Jan. 29 EEOC ruling, obtained Wednesday by The Associated Press, the agency said Cote "was treated differently and denied benefits because of her sex."
  • EEOC: Obamacare ‘Workplace Wellness’ Programs Neither Voluntary Nor Legal

    12/03/2014 7:04:56 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 44 replies ^ | December 2, 2014 | Barbara Hollingsworth
    ( – The 2010 Affordable Care Act (ACA) allowed corporations to reduce their health care costs by rewarding employees for voluntarily participating in workplace “wellness” programs to help them lose weight or stop smoking. But now three of those programs are the target of discrimination lawsuits by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), which says they are neither voluntary nor legal. EEOC recently filed its third wellness lawsuit, claiming that Honeywell International, Inc.’s ACA-approved wellness program violates the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Honeywell recently informed employees and their spouses who were enrolled in the company’s health benefits plan that...
  • Thank (Or Blame) The Supreme Court For Credential Inflation

    11/06/2014 5:47:35 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 11 replies
    Forbes ^ | November 6, 2014 | George Leef
    Perhaps you have noticed that many jobs that require only basic skills and a cooperative attitude are now walled off to Americans who don’t possess a college degree. A recent study entitled Moving the Goalposts: How Demand for a Bachelor’s Degree is Reshaping the Workforce contains a lot of evidence on that. For example, for sales representatives and retail supervisors, 56 percent of recent job postings specify that having a college degree is a requirement. This doesn’t mean that those jobs have such high intellectual demands that no one without a college degree could possibly do them. What it means...
  • US Signs Agreement with Mexico to Protect Mexican Workers – Including Illegals

    09/02/2014 10:46:44 PM PDT · by TigerClaws · 16 replies
    At a signing ceremony on Friday, the U.S. government, through the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Mexican government to allow Mexican Nationals – regardless of immigration status – to “exercise their workplace rights.” The MOU is consistent with the “core mission of this commission,” Mexican Ambassador to the United States Eduardo Medina Mora Icaza said, adding “that regardless of national origin or immigration status all workers have rights and there are processes to safeguard them.
  • Nursing home refused to allow Muslim worker to wear hijab, government lawsuit alleges

    07/12/2014 11:29:10 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 36 replies ^ | july 9, 2014 | stephanie h. kim
    An Alabama nursing home is being sued after it allegedly refused to allow a Muslim worker to wear a hijab on the job, according to a lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission last week.  Shadescrest Health Care Center hired Tracy Martin as a certified nursing assistant in August 2012, according to the lawsuit. Martin reportedly wore the hijab on Aug. 9 and was told to “remove the head covering or be subject to termination,” according to the government'spress release published Monday. Martin filed a discrimination charge with the EEOC and was fired weeks after Shadescrest received notice of...
  • Long Island business forced workers into Onionhead 'religion,' lawsuit claims

    06/11/2014 5:31:49 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 3 replies
    NEW YORK DAILY NEWS ^ | June 11, 2014 | John Marzulli
    These Onionheads were a bunch of knuckleheads. The feds are suing a Long Island company that employees say they were forced to leave because they refused to participate in religious rites in the workplace called Onionhead — which included praying, thanking God for their jobs, and saying "I love you" to management and co-workers — a lawsuit charges. Three former employees complained to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and federal investigators confirmed that United Health Programs of America in Syosset and its parent company, Cost Containment Group, had discriminated against them based on religion.
  • Anti-Discrimination Rule that Discriminates

    05/16/2014 12:11:54 PM PDT · by Academiadotorg
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | May 15, 2014 | Malcolm A. Kline
    When scholars enthuse over laws and regulations, they are often the last to notice the unintended consequences of the statutes and rules. “Why is every attempt that involves aggressive enforcement of civil rights laws against your views?” Columbia law professor Theodore M. Shaw asked at a Federalist Society meeting at the Mayflower hotel here in Washington last week. Shaw refused to entertain the possibility that the enforcement he desires may harm the very people the policies are designed to protect. For example, in April 2012, the U. S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission urged employers not to use criminal background checks...
  • America’s Most Clueless and Malicious Bureaucrats?

    04/27/2014 11:01:13 AM PDT · by Kaslin ^ | April 27, 2014 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    I’ve already suggested that subsidies for the Paris-based Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development are the most wasteful and counterproductive item in the federal budget. At least on a per-dollar-spent basis. But what about a similar exercise for government red tape? How would we come up with the worst regulation or the most counterproductive regulatory agency? Thanks to the IRS, I have a strong candidate for the worst regulation, but if I had to pick the worst agency, I’d probably choose the horribly mis-named Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. These bureaucrats are infamous for bone-headed initiatives, such as: The EEOC making...
  • Civilian who killed Sailor at Naval Station Norfolk identified

    03/28/2014 6:36:00 AM PDT · by wtd · 34 replies
    WTKR ^ | March 27, 2014 | Holly Henry, Reed Andrews and Marissa Jasek
    Civilian who killed Sailor at Naval Station Norfolk identified "Norfolk, Va. – The civilian gunman accused of killing a sailor aboard the destroyer Mahan on Monday night before being fatally shot is Jeffrey Tyrone Savage, the Navy announced on Thursday. The Navy says Savage, 35, drove his 2002 Freightliner through Gate 5 just after 11 p.m. He then went to Pier 1 and left the truck and tried to get onto the USS Mahan. He was stopped by security there and that’s when a struggle started. They say Savage disarmed a petty officer of the watch and Savage then used...
  • U.S. Civil Rights Comm. Panel Blasts Policy Making Job Background Checks Discriminatory

    02/21/2014 5:01:26 PM PST · by jazusamo · 21 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | February 21, 2014
    A new Obama administration policy that says criminal background checks are discriminatory against minority job applicants is “deeply flawed,” according to half of the commissioners who sit on the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, the independent and bipartisan federal agency created by Congress decades ago. The administration has gone after companies that use criminal background checks to screen job applicants, claiming in lawsuits that the probes disproportionately exclude blacks from hire. In the last year the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the federal agency that enforces the nation’s workplace discrimination laws, has sued two large companies that screen criminal background...
  • Does Phil Robertson (Duck Dynasty) Have and EEOC Case of Discrimination?

    12/21/2013 7:13:53 AM PST · by vg0va3 · 20 replies
    Religious Discrimination Religious discrimination involves treating a person (an applicant or employee) unfavorably because of his or her religious beliefs. The law protects not only people who belong to traditional, organized religions, such as Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, and Judaism, but also others who have sincerely held religious, ethical or moral beliefs. Religious discrimination can also involve treating someone differently because that person is married to (or associated with) an individual of a particular religion or because of his or her connection with a religious organization or group. The law forbids discrimination when it comes to any aspect of employment,...
  • State Sues: Fed Rule against Felon Hiring Ban Endangers Public (Texas)

    11/07/2013 10:09:30 AM PST · by jazusamo · 21 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | November 7, 2013
    At least one state has gone to court to fight the Obama administration’s preposterous new regulation limiting employers’ rights to ban hiring felons because it discriminates against minorities. It’s been an ongoing battle between a number of companies and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the federal agency that enforces the nation’s workplace discrimination, for years. Under Obama the agency has dedicated extensive resources to go after businesses that check criminal background records to screen job applicants. In 2012 the EEOC officially adopted guidelines that limit employers’ ability to exclude felons from jobs. The agency has also sued companies for...
  • Appeals Court Overrules: Hijab Ban Not Discriminatory

    10/04/2013 9:22:02 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 21 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | October 4, 2013
    In a painful defeat for the Obama administration, a federal appellate court has overturned a judge’s ruling that a clothing retailer discriminated against a Muslim woman for denying her a job because she wore a religious headscarf known as a hijab. The lawsuit was filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the federal agency that enforces the nation’s workplace discrimination laws. Under Obama the agency has brought a number of similar lawsuits on behalf of Muslims around the country alleging violations of religious and civil rights. In this case the agency accuses a retail giant, Abercrombie & Fitch, of...
  • Court Sides With Retailer In Islam Discrimination Case

    10/03/2013 9:12:55 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 8 replies
    When a Muslim woman sought employment at a Tulsa, Okla. Abercrombie & Fitch store in 2008, she showed up to her interview wearing a headscarf associated with her faith. The potential employer notified Samantha Elauf that her appearance violated the store’s policy and chose not to hire her. As is the norm in today’s overly litigious culture, she pursued legal action against the company for perceived discrimination.While a federal judge ruled in favor of Elauf and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, that decision was recently overturned by the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Indicating that the applicant never sought...
  • Feds Push States to Ban “Discriminatory” Background Checks

    08/29/2013 10:48:19 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 45 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | August 29, 2013
    Pressured by the federal government, states and municipalities across the U.S. are adopting senseless measures restricting employers from asking job applicants about criminal history. The Obama administration claims criminal background checks are discriminatory because they disproportionately exclude minorities—especially blacks—from hire. That’s why the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the federal agency that enforces the nation’s workplace discrimination laws, is spending taxpayer dollars suing companies that run criminal background checks on job applicants. Besides litigation, the administration is working behind the scenes by offering local governments “guidance” on passing measures banning criminal background checks. The laws are known as “ban the...
  • Obama EEOC Blasted in Background Check Discrimination Ruling

    08/16/2013 10:00:20 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 19 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | August 16, 2013
    The Obama administration’s claim that criminal background checks discriminate against minority job applicants suffered a lashing from a federal court that found the allegations “laughable,” “distorted,” “cherry-picked,” “worthless” and “an egregious example of scientific dishonesty.” That kind of whipping from a federal judge has got to hurt though it’s unlikely to deter the administration from spending more taxpayer dollars to file frivolous lawsuits against employers who use the checks to screen job applicants. Judicial Watch wrote about this a few weeks ago when the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the federal agency that enforces the nation’s workplace discrimination laws, sued...
  • The Democrat Party Puts Citizens at the Back of the Bus

    08/16/2013 7:28:09 AM PDT · by neverdem
    American Thinker ^ | August 15, 2013 | Richard Butrick
    The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) of the Obama administration  has just recently signed an agreement with Mexico's government vowing to prevent workplace discrimination against illegal immigrants while educating them about their civil rights and minimum wage laws. The EEOC is the federal agency that enforces the nation's workplace discrimination laws. Prevent workplace discrimination against illegal immigrants? Use tax-payer money to educate them about their civil rights? Yes. That's right. The agreement is designed to protect Mexican nationals "regardless of immigration status." The Democratic party has really become the IFP party: the Immigrants First Party.  Not only do their policies...
  • U.S. Holds “Labor Rights Week” to Protect Mexican Workers

    08/13/2013 9:59:27 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 16 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | August 13, 2013
    The United States has signed an agreement with Mexico’s government vowing to prevent workplace discrimination against illegal immigrants while educating them about their civil rights and minimum wage laws. It’s a nifty little contract signed this month by the federal agency that enforces the nation’s workplace discrimination laws, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). In a press release the EEOC calls it a “historic outreach agreement” that will solidify the agency’s “continued and longstanding commitment to this underserved community.” Under the deal, American taxpayers will provide Spanish-language materials explaining the laws enforced by the EEOC and the agency will partner...
  • Security firm to pay $65K over [Muslim] employee head scarf

    07/29/2013 8:42:47 AM PDT · by kevcol · 10 replies ^ | July 26, 2013 | Reid Kanaley
    ABM Security Services Inc., which employs security officers for the Pennsylvania Convention Center, will pay $65,000 to resolve a lawsuit over the firing of a Muslim security officer who refused to remove her head scarf, or khimar, a day after she was hired in February 2011, the Philadelphia office of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission announced. The EEOC had filed the religious discrimination suit on behalf of Tahira B. El, of Philadelphia. The money goes to El, the EEOC said, and New York-based ABM will revise its dress code to add a religious exception for sincerely held religious beliefs,...
  • How Detroit Almost Killed My Business

    07/25/2013 12:13:07 AM PDT · by No One Special · 26 replies
    American Thinker ^ | July 25, 2013 | Don Wilkie
    Of all the depressing facts about the once great City of Detroit, this to me is the most upsetting: In 1950, there were about 296,000 manufacturing jobs in Detroit. Today, there are less than 27,000. Government -- federal, state, and local -- made this happen. I know this from experience. Government corrupted the Detroit work force. That corruption drove away my company too. Until 1984, I was a business owner in the city, employing about 20. I moved my business 60 miles away. I didn't want to leave, but I was, in effect, forced to. Many think that crime spurred...
  • Bernard Goldberg Re-Defining Racial Discrimination in America

    06/24/2013 5:02:31 AM PDT · by SJackson · 36 replies ^ | 6-24-13 | Bernard Goldberg
    Suppose you own a business and put out an ad for people who want a job. Many apply. You run background checks, including criminal checks, which are perfectly legal. You learn that some of the prospective employees have criminal records. And you decide you’d rather not have a convicted thief working the cash register at your business or you think it’s better that you don’t hire someone with a violent past, fearing he might hit a customer or fellow worker who looks at him the wrong way. Or maybe you figure, you just don’t want convicted criminals in your company....
  • Companies Sued For Trying To Avoid Hiring Convicts

    06/12/2013 5:28:11 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 33 replies ^ | June 12, 2013 | Editorial
    In 1963, the great civil rights leader Martin Luther King said it was his hope that black Americans would no longer be judged on their color of their skin, but on the content of their character. Fifty years later, the Obama administration's Equal Employment Opportunity Commission says King got it wrong. The EEOC launched two lawsuits against private companies this week over their use of criminal background checks, claiming that in rejecting applicants with proven criminal records, they somehow discriminated against minorities under a disparate impact clause in their guidelines. Aside from the inherent and insulting racism in that presumption...
  • Employment [criminal background] Checks Fuel Race Complaints

    06/12/2013 5:31:20 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 20 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | June 11, 2013 | SCOTT THURM
    Federal regulators Tuesday accused two large employers of improperly using criminal-background checks in hiring, the latest salvo in a contentious debate over whether such screening amounts to discrimination against black applicants. In complaints filed in federal courts in Illinois and South Carolina, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission said two companies discount retailer Dollar General Corp. and a U.S. unit of German auto maker BMW AG generally barred potential employees based on the criminal checks, when they should have reviewed each applicant. The commission said the policies had the effect of discriminating against black applicants. The suits underscore increasing government scrutiny...
  • End the Madness at the EEOC

    03/10/2013 11:28:57 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 4 replies
    American Thinker ^ | March 10, 2013 | Clarice Feldman
    With no authority to do so and with flawed factual support, the EEOC has issued an enforcement guideline that would compel employers to discriminate in favor of minority ex-cons. It's past time for Congress to rein in the EEOC and make them withdraw this directive by other name. (a) The EEOC Enforcement Guidance Procedure Over 89 million Americans are presently out of the labor force. The New York Times seems to offer a muddled explanation for the fact that employers have money to hire but aren't doing so even when they need extra help. The Federal Reserve's vision is less...
  • Bosses could be forced to hire more workers with criminal records under new equality guidelines

    02/24/2013 6:40:36 AM PST · by COUNTrecount · 29 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | February 24, 2013 | Staff
    Employers in the U.S. may soon have to hire more workers with criminal backgrounds under new equality guidelines issued by the federal government. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s guidelines warn companies against rejecting minority applicants who have committed a felony or other offense, recommending that those companies eliminate policies which ‘exclude people from employment based on a criminal record.’ According to the EEOC, civil rights laws already prohibit employers from selectively hiring job applicants who are of different ethnic backgrounds but have matching criminal histories. The latest update from the EEOC was issued out of concern that employers might disproportionally...
  • Perform Criminal Background Checks at Your Peril

    02/16/2013 3:38:58 PM PST · by a5478 · 55 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | February 14, 2013 | James Bovard
    The EEOC ignored that judicial thrashing and pressed on. Last April, the agency unveiled its "Enforcement Guidance on the Consideration of arrest and Conviction Records in Employment Decisions," declaring that "criminal record exclusions have a disparate impact based on race and national origin."
  • Sunning and skiing for Obamas as the president and Congress take a vacation

    02/16/2013 2:08:17 PM PST · by Hoodat · 35 replies
    Washington Times ^ | Friday, February 15, 2013 | David Boyer
    (starting on page 2) . . . The president is staying in Florida at the home of Jim Crane, who owns the golf club and also owns the Houston Astros baseball team. In 2012, Mr. Crane donated $35,800 to the Obama campaign and $30,800 to the Democratic National Committee. Fifteen years ago, a company owned by Mr. Crane, Eagle USA Airfreight, was criticized by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission for its position on hiring blacks and women of child-bearing age. The EEOC said that Mr. Crane’s company conducted a practice of paying “female and minority employees less than white men...
  • EEOC says using criminal background checks on new hires might be racist

    02/16/2013 11:12:36 AM PST · by prplhze2000 · 18 replies
    jackson jambalaya ^ | Feburary 16, 2013 | Kingfish
    EEOC now considers the widespread use of criminal background checks to hire employees as having a "disparate impact" on minorities. Going to harass employers more over them.
  • Obama’s EEOC: We’ll Sue You If You Don’t Hire Criminals

    02/15/2013 9:29:37 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 72 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Friday, 15 Feb 2013 10:52 AM | Jim Meyers
    The Obama administration’s Equal Employment Opportunity Commission says it should be a federal crime to refuse to hire ex-convicts — and threatens to sue businesses that don’t employ criminals. In April, the EEOC unveiled its “Enforcement Guidance on the Consideration of Arrest and Conviction Records,” which declares that “criminal record exclusions have a disparate impact based on race and national origin.” The impetus for this “guidance” is that black men are nearly seven times more likely than white men to serve time in prison, and therefore refusals to hire convicts disproportionally impact blacks, according to a Wall Street Journal opinion...
  • Obama's EEOC Goes After Coffee Chain For Hiring Too Many Attractive Women

    05/25/2012 5:52:53 AM PDT · by suspects · 56 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | May 25, 2012 | Michael Graham
    Some advice to the folks at Marylou’s coffee chain, now under investigation by the EEOC, on how to fight back: Start laughing. Back during the Clinton years the EEOC went after Hooters for its alleged hiring bias (we all remember how hard Bill Clinton was on women... uh, let me re-phrase that). Hooters refused to hire men to wear the infamous “orange short-shorts and white tank-top” ensemble. The EEOC spent four years pressuring them to hire male waiters, which would have ruined the Hooters concept. Hooters tried reasoning and logic. As one would expect when dealing with bureaucrats, they failed...
  • Obama's EEOC Goes After Coffee Chain For Hiring Too Many Attractive Women

    05/25/2012 5:52:26 AM PDT · by suspects · 13 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | May 25, 2012 | Michael Graham
    Some advice to the folks at Marylou’s coffee chain, now under investigation by the EEOC, on how to fight back: Start laughing. Back during the Clinton years the EEOC went after Hooters for its alleged hiring bias (we all remember how hard Bill Clinton was on women . . . uh, let me re-phrase that). Hooters refused to hire men to wear the infamous “orange short-shorts and white tank-top” ensemble. The EEOC spent four years pressuring them to hire male waiters, which would have ruined the Hooters concept. Hooters tried reasoning and logic. As one would expect when dealing with bureaucrats, they...
  • Marylou’s hit with discrimination inquiry

    05/24/2012 11:52:42 AM PDT · by massmike · 21 replies ^ | 05/24/2012 | John Zaremba and O’Ryan Johnson
    South Shore coffee chain Marylou’s is singing the blues over a federal employment-discrimination investigation, crying foul that the feds are going after its long-standing practice of hiring bubbly young bombshells to peddle the shop’s trademark joe. Company vice president Ronnie Sandry told the Herald that Marylou’s hiring is limited by its pool of applicants, who tend to be young women from the heavily white South Shore. ‘When you’re hiring a police officer, certain people show up,” Sandry said. “When you’re hiring a Patriots cheerleader, certain people show up. When we’re hiring, certain people apply, and we have no control over...
  • It's not in the nature of a dictator to share power

    05/10/2012 9:05:41 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax
    Coach is Right ^ | 5/10/2012 | Doug Book
    When power is placed in the hands of a usurper like Barack Obama, all thought of accepting authority of the other branches of government as delegated by the Constitution is rejected. Three years in office have seen Obama use the various agencies of the executive branch to break countless federal statutes, rob states of their legislative prerogatives and flout the authority of the congress and the courts. Obama’s Department of Justice has actively prevented South Carolina, Arizona, Texas and others from implementing voter ID laws designed to prevent the widespread incidents of fraud so instrumental to the success of the...
  • Obama Admin Limits Employment Background Checks

    04/27/2012 10:41:08 AM PDT · by Jay Santos CP · 12 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | Apr 26th 2012 | Sam Hananel
    WASHINGTON -- Is an arrest in a barroom brawl 20 years ago a job disqualifier? Not necessarily, the government said Wednesday in new guidelines on how employers can avoid running afoul of laws prohibiting job discrimination. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's updated policy on criminal background checks is part of an effort to rein in practices that can limit job opportunities for minorities that have higher arrest and conviction rates than whites. But some employers say the new policy -- approved in a 4-1 vote -- could make it more cumbersome and expensive to conduct background checks. Companies see the...
  • Gov't says transgender people protected under law

    04/24/2012 4:26:12 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 23 replies
    Associated Press ^ | April 24, 2012 | SAM HANANEL
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- In a first-of-its-kind ruling, the government says transgender people are protected under federal employment discrimination laws. The decision from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission late last week says employers cannot discriminate on the basis of gender identity.
  • Class-action sex harassment suit against trucking company backfires

    04/05/2012 12:51:05 PM PDT · by SmithL · 24 replies
    Court ruling makes it harder for EEOC to pursue discrimination cases in the Midwest, maybe nationally CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa -- They were learning to become truck drivers, but wound up in a nightmare. In detailed accounts to a federal agency, dozens of female employees of one of the nation's largest trucking companies told of being propositioned, groped and even assaulted by male drivers during cross-country training rides. "I was beaten, I was fondled, I was humiliated and I was taught nothing," one trainee, Ramona Villareal, said in a deposition. But rather than leading to a workplace discrimination judgment, the Equal...
  • EEOC: High school diploma requirement might violate Americans with Disabilities Act

    01/01/2012 10:48:30 AM PST · by markomalley · 83 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 1/1/2012 | Dave Boyer
    Employers are facing more uncertainty in the wake of a letter from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission warning them that requiring a high school diploma from a job applicant might violate the Americans with Disabilities Act. The development also has some wondering if the agency’s advice will result in an educational backlash by creating less of an incentive for some high-school students to graduate. The “informal discussion letter” from the EEOC said an employer’s requirement of a high school diploma, long a standard criteria for screening potential employees, must be “job-related for the position in question and consistent with business...
  • DOJ: Feds Can Tell Church Who Its Ministers Will Be

    10/12/2011 11:27:49 AM PDT · by Dr. White · 77 replies
    Townhall ^ | 10/12/2011 | Terry Jeffrey
    In yet another stunning attack on freedom of religion, President Barack Obama's Justice Department asked the Supreme Court last week to give the federal government the power to tell a church who its ministers will be. The case involves a former teacher at Lutheran school, who along with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is pushing a claim that a Lutheran congregation should be forced to restore her ministry position. Americans United for Separation of Church and State and American Atheists, Inc. have filed briefs siding with the Obama administration against the church. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, the Church...
  • Obama's Latest Target: Unemployed Americans

    10/01/2011 5:39:10 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies ^ | October 1, 2011 | Jack Bouroudjian
    Last month, my fellow Chicagoan sent to Congress his latest misguided plan to bolster the U.S. economy. In his speech announcing the American Jobs Act, the president declared, without equivocation, that the bill was all or nothing.  “No games. No politics. No delays," he said, adding that he would veto any changes made by Republican lawmakers. In his effort to perpetuate the myth that government creates jobs, Obama performed some deft slight-of-hand. For instance, he failed to mention the fact that his $450 billion jobs bill will be funded by the largest tax increase in history, coming to a W-2...
  • Government Sues Trucking Company for Taking Keys Away From Alcoholic Driver.

    09/02/2011 3:58:55 PM PDT · by Carbonsteel · 25 replies
    Fox News ^ | 09/02/2011 | Stephen Clark
    Citing a violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Obama administration is suing a trucking company for taking the keys away from an Arkansas driver and eventually firing him after he admitted he was battling alcohol abuse. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed a lawsuit this week arguing that Old Dominion Freight Line discriminated against Charles Grams by stripping him of his position and offering him a demotion even if he completed a substance abuse counseling program.
  • Fired dwarf settles with Starbucks for $75K

    08/20/2011 10:11:42 AM PDT · by matt1234 · 22 replies ^ | Aug. 19, 2011 | staff
    Starbucks has settled a suit for $75,000 with a woman who claimed she was fired because she is a dwarf. According to Reuters, Elsa Sallard, a barista at a store in El Paso, TX, requested a stool or small stepladder to do her job. Starbucks denied the request and fired her that same day in 2009. The company said she could have been a danger to employees and customers. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, which filed the lawsuit in May, said after three days of training, the store should have made a reasonable accommodation for the woman. Robert Canino,...
  • Facebook rant hits close to home for state employee

    08/06/2011 8:08:16 AM PDT · by redreno · 19 replies
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | Friday, Aug. 5, 2011 | 10:26 a.m. | By Anjeanette Damon
    The story is almost old hat these days. Despite constant warnings to be careful what you post on Facebook, a disgruntled employee who is irritated at a boss, a customer or a co-worker, takes to the social networking site to vent some spleen — and ends up getting disciplined or even fired. It’s a fate that has befallen a North Carolina waitress at a pizza restaurant, a Philadelphia Eagles stadium worker and a group of airline workers in recent months. But what if it’s the boss who decides to use Facebook to complain about an employee?
  • EEOC sues Florida Jewish nursing home

    07/22/2011 11:00:58 PM PDT · by TheDingoAteMyBaby · 22 replies
    JTA ^ | July 21, 2011 | N/A
    The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed a lawsuit against a Florida Jewish nursing home for firing a Seventh-day Adventist staffer who did not want to work on her Sabbath. Menorah House in Boca Raton "denied a religious accommodation to Philomene Augustin and fired her because of her religious beliefs," the EEOC said in a statement Tuesday. The firing violated religious protections in the federal Civil Rights Act that require "reasonable accommodation" of religious beliefs, "so long as this does not pose an undue hardship," the EEOC said. According to the EEOC, Augustin worked at Menorah House as a certified...
  • Separation of Church and State

    06/27/2011 7:13:27 AM PDT · by marbren · 37 replies
    The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) sued the employer, asserting a retaliation claim under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The trial court dismissed the claim, based on the "ministerial exception" to the ADA. The 6th Circuit vacated the trial court's dismissal. The ministerial exception is codified in the ADA (42 USC Section 12113(d)), but it is rooted in the 1st Amendment and has been applied to Title VII and other employment discrimination statutes. The EEOC's claim arose from the discharge of a teacher from a sectarian school, and the primary issue on appeal was whether the teacher was a...
  • Private school workers decry ‘elder massacre’

    04/28/2011 7:05:18 AM PDT · by TheDingoAteMyBaby · 6 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | 04.27.11 | TONYA ALANEZ
    An upper-crust private school with campuses in Fort Lauderdale and Boca Raton is facing eight age-discrimination complaints filed by longtime teachers, assistants and a maintenance worker. “It’s an elder massacre,” said labor attorney William Amlong, who filed the complaints against Pine Crest School on behalf of the three men and five women, ranging from 54 to 72 years old. “Most of them are long-term employees, none of them have any performance problems that have been brought to their attention and they were all summarily told, ‘You’re out of here.’ ” According to the complaints filed during the past two months with...
  • Illinois Discrimination Case Raises Questions About Religion and the Workplace (Pilgrimage to Mecca)

    03/30/2011 4:29:56 AM PDT · by TSgt · 20 replies
    FoxNews ^ | March 29, 2011 | Doug McKelway
    Is it a case of legitimate discrimination? Or a Justice Department out of control? Those are two of the questions surrounding the case of Safoorah Khan, a 29-year-old math teacher and devout Muslim who, until December of 2007, taught at the MacArthur Middle School in Berkeley, Ill. In mid-August of that year, Khan notified her employer that she wanted three weeks of unpaid leave in December to attend the Hajj, the Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca. It happened to fall that year just prior to her students' final exams and the school district said no, leading Khan to resign. She took...
  • School 'cop' sex shocker--Safety agents: It was hop-in-sack or get sacked

    02/21/2011 4:27:48 AM PST · by Scanian · 36 replies
    NY Post ^ | February 21, 2011 | PHILIP MESSING
    Hormones are raging among the NYPD's school safety agents. The Police Department's School Safety Division is a raunchy, sexually charged environment where some female agents regularly engage in down-and-dirty noontime affairs with bosses inside department vehicles -- and then boast about their sleazy shenanigans to co-workers, according to a federal complaint. The bawdy behavior between a number of the female school-safety agents and their horndog male bosses at the unit's Long Island City, Queens, headquarters -- including the midday sex romps on city time -- has allegedly led to the women being provided an array of special benefits and privileges....
  • If you hate the USPS now,, just wait..

    10/08/2010 7:00:05 PM PDT · by MrPiper · 49 replies
    Me ^ | 10.08.2010 | Me
    The USPS has decided it does not have enough blacks in the Maintenance jobs.To forward this goal of increasing the number of blacks in the maintenance positions, the TESTING standards have been lowered by a LARGE degree to allow more blacks into the top maintenance positions. No comment.....