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“One Step Too Far” — Court Shoots Down The EEOC’s Kitchen Sink Subpoena

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By Christopher DeGroff, Paul Kehoe and Gerald L. Maatman, Jr.

Employers have become accustomed to the federal courts rubber stamping EEOC subpoenas seeking company-wide information based on a single charge of discrimination. In light of the EEOC’s systemic focus — and the agency’s desire to transform single allegations into a blockbuster systemic actions — aggressive and extensive EEOC subpoenas requests … Continue Reading

Senator Alexander’s Report Puts The Spotlight On The EEOC — And Promises Further Oversight In The Next Congress

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By Christopher DeGroff, Paul Kehoe, and Gerald L. Maatman, Jr.

Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN), the current Ranking Member and soon to be Chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions Committee, today issued a report entitled EEOC: An Agency on the Wrong Track?  Litigation Failures, Misfocused Priorities, and Lack of Transparency Raise Concerns About Important Anti-Discrimination Agency, … Continue Reading

EEOC’s 2014 Performance And Accountability Report Reflects Continued Efforts To Pursue High Priority, Systemic Litigation

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By Gerald L. Maatman, Jr. and Jennifer A. Riley

On November 18, 2014, the EEOC released its 2014 Performance and Accountability Report (“PAR”).  The Report is an annual scorecard of sorts for the EEOC. It reflects the progress of the EEOC’s continued efforts to follow enforcement priorities outlined in its 2012 strategic enforcement plan (“SEP”) (read more here), including … Continue Reading

Senators Grill EEOC General Counsel Lopez In Confirmation Hearings

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By Paul Kehoe and Gerald L. Maatman, Jr.

Yesterday, the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (“HELP”) Committee held a confirmation for Charlotte Burrows as a new EEOC Commissioner for a five year term and David Lopez for another four year term as General Counsel. The Senate HELP Committee expects to vote on the nominations on November 19, 2014, … Continue Reading

Minnesota District Court Shoots Down The EEOC’s Request For Preliminary Injunction Over Wellness Program

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By Gerald L. Maatman, Jr., and Alexis P. Robertson

On November 6, 2014, in EEOC v. Honeywell International, Inc. Case No. 14-CV-4517, 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 157945, (D. Minn. Nov. 6, 2014), Judge Ann Montgomery of the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota denied the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (“EEOC”) request for a preliminary injunction enjoining Honeywell International … Continue Reading

Not Impressed By The Chutzpah: Court Refuses To Bless The EEOC’s Attempt To Create A New Form Of Pattern Or Practice Litigation

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By Christopher DeGroff, Matthew Gagnon, and Gerald L. Maatman, Jr.

Judge John Darrah of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois issued a decision this week in the EEOC’s landmark case against CVS Pharmacy. As we have previously blogged about here, in EEOC v. CVS Pharmacy, Inc., Case No. 14-CV-863 (N.D. Ill.), the EEOC … Continue Reading

Court Bucks Notion That There Is Nationwide Jurisdiction If The EEOC Sues Under Title VII

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By Gerald L. Maatman, Jr.

On September 22, 2014, in EEOC v. Vicksburg Healthcare LLC, et al., Case No. 3:13-CV-895 (S.D. Miss. Sept. 22, 2014), Judge Keith Starrett the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi granted defendant’s motion to dismiss an EEOC lawsuit for lack of personal jurisdiction and insufficient service of process. The EEOC had … Continue Reading

Second Circuit Rejects EEOC Claim That “A Lawyer Is A Lawyer Is A Lawyer”

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By Gerald L. Maatman, Jr. and Gina R. Merrill

On September 29, 2014, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit affirmed the dismissal of a high-profile lawsuit brought by the EEOC – entitled EEOC v. Port Auth. of N.Y. & N.J., No. 13-2705 (2d Cir. Sept. 29, 2014) – alleging that female attorneys were underpaid as compared … Continue Reading