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

By Gerald L. Maatman, Jr., Alex S. Oxyer, and Paul M. Waldera

Seyfarth Synopsis: The U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas recently reaffirmed the lenient standard courts utilize when deciding a motion for conditional certification of a collective action brought under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (“ADEA”).  In Wood et al., v. Learjet et al.,
Continue Reading Be Careful What You Wish For: Federal District Court Uses Employer’s Desire For A Younger Work Force Against It In Conditional Certification

By: Gerald L. Maatman, Jr.Christopher DeGroffMatthew J. Gagnon, and Alex S. Oxyer

Seyfarth Synopsis: The EEOC recently released its enforcement and litigation statistics for Fiscal Year 2020. Notably, the statistics indicate that 2020 saw a dramatic drop in filed charges, with the lowest number of charges filed in over 20 years. For example,
Continue Reading A Peek Behind The Numbers: The EEOC’s Enforcement Statistics Show Fewer Charges Filed In 2020, While Recoveries Surged

Seyfarth Synopsis: In our continuing video blog series analyzing the findings in our Workplace Class Action Report, trend #5 focuses on the success factor of the plaintiffs’ bar for class certification rulings in 2020. In the video, Jerry Maatman discusses how wage & hour litigation remained the sweet spot for the plaintiffs’ class action bar in 2020 and what this
Continue Reading 5 Top Trends In Workplace Class Action Litigation: Trend #5 Class Certification Trends Video

By Gerald L. Maatman, Jr.

Seyfarth Synopsis: In our continuing coverage of the top trends found in Seyfarth’s 2021 Workplace Class Action Litigation Report, wage & hour litigation remained the sweet spot for the plaintiffs’ class action bar over the past year. Based on sheer volume and statistical numbers, workers certified more class and collective actions in the wage &
Continue Reading 5 Top Trends In Workplace Class Action Litigation: Trend #5 Class Certification Trends

By Gerald L. Maatman, Jr., Christopher DeGroff, Matthew J. Gagnon, and Alex S. Oxyer

Seyfarth Synopsis:  On January 7, 2021, the EEOC held a public meeting of its fiscal year to consider three separate agenda items, including a final rule updating the Commission’s conciliation procedures, a formal opinion letter concerning Individual Coverage Health Reimbursement Arrangements under the
Continue Reading EEOC Update: The Commission Holds Public Meeting On Final Rules And New Opinion Letter

By Gerald L. Maatman, Jr.

Seyfarth Synopsis: Seyfarth’s 17th Annual Workplace Class Action Litigation Report analyzes 1,548 rulings and is our most comprehensive Report ever at 850 pages.

Click here to access the microsite featuring all the Report highlights. You can read about the five major trends of the past year, order your copy of the eBook, and download Chapters
Continue Reading Seyfarth’s 2021 Workplace Class Action Litigation Report Is Now Available!

Seyfarth Synopsis: Happy Holidays to our loyal readers of the Workplace Class Action Blog! Our elves are busy at work this holiday season in wrapping up our start-of-the-year kick-off publication – Seyfarth Shaw’s Annual Workplace Class Action Litigation Report. We anticipate going to press in early January, and launching the 2021 Report to our readers from our Blog.

This will
Continue Reading The 2021 Annual Workplace Class Action Litigation Report Is Almost Here!

By: Gerald L. Maatman, Jr.Christopher J. DeGroff, Matthew J. Gagnon, and Alex S. Oxyer

Seyfarth Synopsis: In the last fiscal year before the November 2020 election, the EEOC made significant changes to many of its programs, all in the midst of the global COVID-19 pandemic. Like most employers across the country, the EEOC found itself reconsidering
Continue Reading EEOC Fiscal Year 2020 Fizzle? The EEOC’s Year Comes To A Surprisingly Quiet Close

By: Gerald L. Maatman, Jr., Christopher DeGroff, Matthew J. Gagnon, and Alex S. Oxyer

Seyfarth Synopsis:  On September 3, 2020, the EEOC issued an opinion letter (only its second of the year) regarding the Commission’s interpretation and enforcement of § 707(a) of Title VII, which authorizes the EEOC to sue employers engaged in a “pattern or practice”
Continue Reading EEOC Update: The Commission Issues A Rare Opinion Letter Interpreting Requirements For Pattern Or Practice Claims