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Nevada Engineering Company Settles Pregnancy Discrimination Case

A husband and wife formerly employed by Engineering Documentation Systems, Inc., fought back against pregnancy discrimination and wrongful termination and recently won. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced that EDSI had agreed to a $70,000 settlement for the employment discrimination claims and to implement anti-discrimination policies at the Nevada company.

Can Refusing A Flu Shot Get Me Fired?

Maybe. Employers may encourage employees to get a flu shot for a variety of reasons: to control health care costs by warding off illness, to manage productivity levels by helping to keep the majority of the workforce healthy and able to work or simply as a 'fringe benefit' of employment. Some may go so far as to require a flu shot as a condition of employment and will terminate or threaten to terminate any employee who does not comply.

Change In Shifts Or Denial Of Regular Shifts May Be Pregnancy Discrimination

A female bartender and server at an Arizona bar began noticing that her shifts were being cut and she was no longer being scheduled for her 'normal' shifts after she announced that she was pregnant. She, along with two of her pregnant coworkers, was denied the lucrative shifts because management felt the customers didn't want to look at a pregnant waitress.

Three Lawsuits Points To A Harassment-Prone Industry: Farming

In an indication of potentially wide-spread discrimination, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed three new lawsuits against employers last week. All of the suits share two things in common: they allege horrific acts of sexual harassment and they target farming industry employers.

Personality Tests and Employment Discrimination, Part 2

Earlier this week, we covered employers' use of personality tests to inform hiring decisions. While experts disagree on the extent to which personality tests actually help determine an candidate's potential, nearly 20 percent of workplaces reported using them.

Personality Tests and Employment Discrimination, Part 1

A hearing and speech-impaired woman recently filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, alleging that an employer discriminated against her based on the results of a personality test. Personality tests are a common recruiting tool and the results can sometimes mean the difference between a new job opportunity and a rejection.

EEOC Suit: Employers Must Act To Prevent Sexual Harassment

The EEOC announced a sexual harassment lawsuit against a health care clinic. One of the company's receptionists reported that a male patient made numerous unwelcome sexual comments to her and that the clinic did nothing in response. Exercising its anti-discrimination enforcement role, the EEOC now seeks a variety of damages for sexual harassment.

Is Lactation Discrimination A Pregnancy-Related Condition?

A Texas court didn't think so. A Houston-area woman was fired after she asked her employer if she could use a private room to pump breast milk at work. She sued, claiming sex discrimination, but the judge did not agree.

Disability Discrimination At The EEOC

Mary Bullock was an administrative law judge for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) until 2007. She also suffered from multiple sclerosis. She sued the EEOC in 2006 claiming that the agency tasked with protecting employee rights failed to accommodate her disability as required by the Rehabilitation Act and that the agency retaliated against her after she filed her complaint alleging disability discrimination.

Guimarra Vineyard In Edison Settles Sexual Harassment Suit

A 17-year-old complained of sexual harassment in the workplace at Guimarra Vineyard and was fired shortly thereafter, according to a complaint filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) in 2010. She and four other farm workers employed by the grape grower in California wine country asserted that they had been inappropriately touched and were the target of offensive comments from a coworker.

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