Equal Employment Opportunity Commission News

US Female Firefighters Fight Discrimination With Lawsuits

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — The highest ranking female firefighter in Asheville, North Carolina, says she was repeatedly discriminated against because of her sex and fought to keep her job while battling breast cancer. The first female chief of a municipal …

Ambulance Company Settles Lawsuit With Pregnant Employee

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Ambulance company American Medical Response will settle a discrimination lawsuit after it refused to provide a pregnant Spokane, Washington employee a temporary reprieve from heavy-duty work, regulators announced Monday. AMR will pay $162,500 to a paramedic …

8th Circuit: Late Notice Barred Coverage Under ‘Claims-Made’ Policy

Ace American Insurance Co. is not liable for the approximately $250,000 that an Arkansas school district paid to settle a sexual harassment lawsuit because the district did not notify the insurer about a complaint against it until more than six …

Employers Could Mandate a COVID-19 Vaccine, but are Unlikely to Do So

Private U.S. companies have the right under the law to require employees to get vaccinated against COVID-19, but are unlikely to do so because of the risks of legal and cultural backlash, experts said. Companies are still in the early …

Del Taco Settles Sexual Harassment Charges, Enters Consent Decree

Del Taco Restaurants Inc agreed to pay $1.25 million and enter a three-year consent decree to settle a U.S. agency’s lawsuit accusing the fast-food chain of failing to stop sexual harassment and retaliation against female employees. The U.S. Equal Employment …

Ex-Deputy Settles Sexual Harassment Lawsuit for $250,000

LAS VEGAS — A former chief deputy sheriff in rural Nevada has accepted $250,000 to end a lawsuit stemming from allegations the sheriff sexually harassed her in 2015. Melanie Keener’s attorney, Gus Falangas, characterized his client on Friday as happy …

Feds Sue Arkansas Insurer Over Fired Employee Who Had A Baby

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — The federal government is suing a Little Rock-based insurance company over the firing of a worker who had just had a baby. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed the lawsuit Wednesday in Little Rock against …

Intel Says It Will Share Pay Data Most Companies Keep Secret

Intel Corp. says it will publicly release employee pay data, broken down by race and gender later this year. For the first time, every company with more than 100 employees is required to report the same to the Equal Employment …

Capital One, Enterprise Ensnared in Facebook Ad Bias Scandal

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is pursuing allegations that several of Facebook’s advertisers broke the law by restricting job postings on the social network to people of certain ages or genders. The agency joins the Department of Justice and …

McDonald’s Workers Want OSHA to Investigate Pattern of Violence

Every 36 hours on average, American local news outlets deliver a new report on violence at a McDonald’s. A group of employees in Chicago say workers bear the brunt of such incidents — enough to constitute a pattern of regular …