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Court Orders The EEOC To Produce Internal Hiring Policies Regarding Background Checks

Posted in EEOC Litigation

By Gerald L. Maatman Jr. and Howard M. Wexler

In the closely watched case of EEOC v. BMW Manufacturing Co., LLC, 13-CV-1583 (D.S.C.), which concerns the EEOC’s “Enforcement Guidance on the Consideration of Arrest and Conviction Records in Employment Under Title VII (most recently discussed here, the parties have waged a discovery battle over whether the EEOC should be forced … Continue Reading

Separation Agreement Attack Redux – EEOC Takes Another Swing At Employer’s Standard Release Language, And Loses On Key Claims

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By Chris DeGroff and Laura Maechtlen

Earlier this year, we blogged about the EEOC’s aggressive attack on CVS Pharmacy Inc.’s standard release agreement which contained terms more expansive in favor of employees than the EEOC’s own interpretive guidance, and agreements held enforceable by in key court decisions. The EEOC v. CVS case was eventually dismissed on procedural grounds because the … Continue Reading

Showdown At The Fifth Circuit: Texas Files Opening Appellate Brief In Its Challenge Of The EEOC’s Criminal Background Guidance

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By Gerald L. Maatman Jr. and Howard M. Wexler

Earlier this year, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas dismissed a high profile lawsuit brought by the State of Texas against the EEOC regarding its “Enforcement Guidance on the Consideration of Arrest and Conviction Records in Employment Under Title VII.  In State of Texas v. EEOC, Case … Continue Reading

“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

Posted in EEOC Litigation

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

Posted in EEOC Litigation

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