By Andrew L. Scroggins and Sarah K. Bauman

 Seyfarth Synopsis: As we previously reported here, last October the EEOC put employers on notice of an initiative to ensure that artificial intelligence (“AI”) and other technology used in hiring and employment decisions comply with federal anti-discrimination laws. Consistent with this recent initiative, on May 12, 2022, the EEOC shared guidance
Continue Reading EEOC And DOJ Issue Important Guidance On Preventing AI- and Technology-Related Disability Discrimination

By Gerald L. Maatman, Jr. and Sarah K. Bauman

Seyfarth Synopsis: In EEOC v. BNSF Railway Co., Case No. 8:21-CV-369 (D. Neb. April 28, 2022), Judge Brian C. Buescher of the U.S. District Court for the District of Nebraska denied the EEOC’s request for a temporary restraining order (“TRO”) to prevent alleged discriminatory conduct.  The EEOC sought an order reinstating
Continue Reading The EEOC Overlooks Pleading Defects In Seeking TRO, Resulting In Denial By Nebraska Federal Court  

By Gerald L. Maatman, Jr., Christopher J. DeGroff, Alex W. Karasik, and Sarah K. Bauman

Seyfarth Synopsis:  On March 28, 2022, the EEOC released its fiscal year 2023 budget justification (see here) and fiscal year 2021 performance report (“APR”) (see here).  The APR is a “report card” analysis of the EEOC’s litigation goals and performance

Continue Reading EEOC Update: The Commission Releases Its FY 2023 Budget Justification And FY 2021 Performance Report

By Gerald L. Maatman, Jr. and Alex W. Karasik

Seyfarth Synopsis:  In EEOC v. Sherwood Food Distributors, Inc., No. 16-CV-2386, 2022 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 32921 (N.D. Ohio Feb. 24, 2022), a federal court in Ohio held an employer in contempt for failing to pay its payroll tax liabilities, as required by an EEOC consent decree that resolved a systemic discrimination

Continue Reading A Tax Season Cautionary Tale: Court Penalizes Employer For Not Paying Payroll Tax Per EEOC Consent Decree

Seyfarth Synopsis: In our continuing video blog series outlining the findings in our Annual Workplace Class Action Litigation Report, trend #3 detailed how government enforcement litigation shifted in 2021, with changes representing a significant shift in philosophy and practice. Listen below as Jerry Maatman explains what occurred in the government enforcement world last year and what is apt to happen
Continue Reading 5 Top Trends In Workplace Class Action Litigation: Trend #3 Government Administrative And Enforcement Trends Video

By Gerald L. Maatman, Jr., Christopher DeGroff, Matthew J. Gagnon, and Sarah K. Bauman

Seyfarth Synopsis: As 2022 begins, we are pleased to present our annual selections for the five most intriguing developments in EEOC litigation during 2021, as well as our annual report on developments and trends in EEOC-initiated litigation. This year’s book, entitled EEOC-Initiated Litigation: 2022
Continue Reading The Top Five Most Intriguing Developments In EEOC-Initiated Litigation In 2021 (And Our Annual EEOC Enforcement Report)

By Matthew J. Gagnon and Sarah K. Bauman

Seyfarth Synopsis: On November 17, 2021, the EEOC updated its COVID-19 technical assistance resources to add guidance on pandemic-based employer retaliation and interference.  The updated guidelines clarify the rights of employees who engage in EEO protected activity.  Key for employers are the numerous examples of what the EEOC deems retaliation in this

Continue Reading EEOC Technical Assistance On COVID-19: The Commission Adds Insight On Pandemic-Related Retaliation Claims 

By Gerald L. Maatman, Jr., Christopher J. DeGroff, and Alex W. Karasik

Seyfarth Synopsis:  On November 16, 2021, the EEOC released its Agency Financial Report (“AFR”) for Fiscal Year 2021. The AFR is a data compilation regarding the EEOC’s financial health, initiatives, and guiding principles. This year’s edition marks the third version of the publication, following the release
Continue Reading EEOC’s FY 2021 Agency Financial Report Shows Decline In Monetary Recoveries, But A Bullish Outlook For The Future

By Andrew L. Scroggins and Alex W. Karasik

Seyfarth Synopsis:  While businesses have shifted their operations to digital platforms over the last few decades, the COVID-19 pandemic has greatly accelerated the transformation of the workplace. One area where employers have looked to increase the efficiency of their hiring processes is through the use of artificial intelligence. The EEOC has been
Continue Reading A Look Into The Future: EEOC Announces Artificial Intelligence Initiative

By: Gerald L. Maatman, Jr.Christopher J. DeGroff, Matthew J. Gagnon, and Alex W. Karasik

Seyfarth Synopsis: Following the EEOC’s down 2020 fiscal year, in which the Commission made significant changes to many of its programs in the midst of the global COVID-19 pandemic and leadership changes, in FY 2021 the EEOC’s litigation enforcement activity showed signs
Continue Reading EEOC Finishes Fiscal Year 2021 With September Surge Of Filings As Commission Recovers From Pandemic-Fueled Slowed Down