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What Not to Wear: The EEOC Guides Employers on Religious Dress and Grooming Practices

by Elan Cameron On March 6, 2014, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) released additional guidance on religious accommodations under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII), specifically on issues of religious garb and grooming in the workplace. The guidance requires employers to make exceptions to their usual workplace policies to […]

EEOC Report Highlights Obstacles Facing African Americans in the Federal Government

By Ezinwanyi Ukegbu On March 14, 2013, the U.S Equal Employment Opportunity Commission released a comprehensive report on the major obstacles that hinder equal employment opportunity for African Americans in the federal workforce.  The agency’s internal African American work group produced this report after engaging in discussions and dialogues from 2010 to 2012 with EEOC […]

Oklahoma: Religious Discrimination Case Ends in Settlement

By Jay Shannon Voss Lighting, a Nebraska based supplier of lighting products, announced on March 19th that it will settle a religious dicsrimination lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). The Commision’s suit alleged that company personnal refused to hire Edward Wolfe at its Tulsa location due to his religious beliefs, in […]

Advilda Loubriel v. Fondo Del Seguro Del Estado

The First Circuit held that the 90 day period to file a suit under 42 U.S.C. § 2000e-5(f) (1) begins when either the claimant or the claimant’s attorney receives an EEOC right-to-sue letter. In this case, the right-to-sue letter was issued on May 8th, 2008 but the plaintiff claimed that she did not receive it […]

Michael Kohner v. Lahood, Secretary, Department of Transportation, Agency

Upon review of the Agency’s efforts to provide disabled Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) employee Michael Kohner with reasonable accommodation as required under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the EEOC upheld summary dismissal of Kohner’s discrimination claim because Kohner’s case did not present a genuine issue of material fact. Kohner, a seasoned employee of the FAA, […]

Macy v. Holder

Transgender people are covered by a federal prohibition on sex-based employment discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.  Mia Macy presented herself as a man when she was offered a job as a ballistics investigator upon a satisfactory background check, but the lab director revoked the offer several days after Macy […]

Bryant v. Salazar

An employer may not take an adverse employment action against an employee for behavior that was caused by the employer’s failure to properly respond to employee’s previous complaints regarding harassment on the basis of membership in a protected class under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.  A female employee who was the […]

Felicia Coleman v. Ray Mabus, Secretary of the Navy

The Navy improperly dismissed Complainant Coleman’s claims of harassment and discrimination because the agency failed to address the pattern of harassment and instead focused on each detailed incident individually. Coleman, a female Police Officer at the Navy Yard facility in Washington DC, submitted a complaint to the Navy detailing a pattern of harassment and discrimination […]

New Wisconsin Law Limits State Court Discrimination Remedies

On April 6, 2012, Wisconsin employers celebrated as Governor Scott Walker signed into law legislation repealing a state law enacted in 2009 that permitted employees to recover compensatory and punitive damages in employment discrimination suits under the Wisconsin Fair Employment Act. The bill was opposed by special interests groups advocating for women’s rights who painted […]