EEOC’s litigation strategy gets slapped around in Senate hearing

Republicans’ predicted assault on what some employers perceive as over-aggressive agency enforcement of employment laws may have just begun — and they haven’t even taken control of Congress...
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A crucial win for employers in EEOC’s latest wellness lawsuit

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) may have just filed its lawsuit against Honeywell’s wellness program, but one of the agency’s requests has already been shot down. What does this...
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Ouch! Asking candidates for family medical info costs biz $187K

This company committed perhaps the cardinal sin under the commonly misunderstood Genetic Information and Nondiscrimination Act (GINA).  All Star Seed, Inc., La Valle Sabbia and Abatti, three Southern...
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A $128k lesson in why employers need to accommodate disabled workers

An Arkansas car dealership is on the hook for more than $128k after it failed to accommodate a sales manager who returned to work after spine surgery. Randall Ford in Fort Smith will pay $128,750 as...
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Rising stakes in wage-and-hour suits: Jail time for employers

While the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) says wage and hour violators could face imprisonment, that punishment was rarely levied. But ultra-aggressive enforcement efforts have raised the stakes. Until...
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Huh? Man fired for carrying gun sues for discrimination

Here’s another example of how scorned ex-employees will look to sue you for just about anything.  Meet Gaius Dipigney, an African American male who worked as a parts sales manager for the auto...
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You knew it was coming: EEOC’s third lawsuit challenging wellness penalties

It’s said that bad things, such as celebrity deaths and high-profile federal lawsuits, tend to come in threes. Recently, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) completed its trifecta by filing...
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Will you be giving employees time off to cast their ballots?

Tuesday’s Election Day. Do you have to offer your employees time off from work to cast their ballots?   Generally, the answer is no — if they have sufficient time before and after their scheduled...
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Boss’ girlfriend gets extra perks and pay: Is that legal?

Favoritism is rampant in the business world. But is it legal in your workplace? Favoritism is definitely troublesome, because it can lower morale and lead workers to sue your company if they assume...
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Company settles ADA suit with worker: Can EEOC still investigate?

The point of settling a lawsuit is to minimize the financial damage and prevent the company’s name from being dragged through the mud. In other words, to stop a problem before it becomes larger....
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