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

Seyfarth Synopsis: Jerry Maatman, Seyfarth’s chair of the firm’s class action defense group, discusses an EEOC-initiated pregnancy discrimination lawsuit in which a federal district court in granted in part and denied in part the employer’s motion for summary judgment, finding there were several genuine issues of material fact surrounding an employee’s return to work from pregnancy leave, but holding that
Continue Reading Video Blog: Seyfarth’s Jerry Maatman Discusses the key takeaways for Employers Regarding the Ruling in EEOC v. NICE Systems

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

Seyfarth SynopsisIn an EEOC-initiated pregnancy discrimination lawsuit, a federal district court in Florida granted in part and denied in part the employer’s motion for summary judgment, finding there were several genuine issues of material fact surrounding an employee’s return to work from pregnancy leave, but holding that her constructive


Continue Reading Splitting The Baby: Federal Court In Florida Grants In Part And Denies In Part Employer’s Motion For Summary Judgment In Pregnancy Discrimination Lawsuit

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

Seyfarth SynopsisIn EEOC v. Konos, Inc., Case No. 1:20-CV-973 (W.D. Mich. June 3, 2021), the EEOC filed a lawsuit on behalf of a claimant against her employer, alleging it subjected to her to a hostile work environment and retaliation after she was sent home for complaining about a supervisor’s
Continue Reading Federal Court Denies Employer’s Motion To Dismiss EEOC-Initiated Sexual Harassment Lawsuit

By Gerald L. Maatman, Jr., Alex S. Oxyer, and Lisa L. Savadjian

Seyfarth Synopsis: In Richardson v. City of New York, No. 17 Civ. 9447, 2021 WL 1910689 (S.D.N.Y. May 12, 2021), a putative class of Plaintiffs alleged that the Fire Department of New York was discriminatory in its hiring, promotion, and compensation decisions relative to its
Continue Reading New York Federal Court Denies Class Certification To Employees Of The Fire Department Of New York

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

Seyfarth Synopsis:  In EEOC v. Schuster Co., No. 13-CV-4063, 2021 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 79815 (N.D. Iowa Apr. 13, 2021), the EEOC alleged that Defendant’s use of a strength test had disparate impact on female job applicants for driving positions.  After both parties moved for summary judgment, the Court denied both
Continue Reading Double Denial In Disparate Impact Litigation: Court Rejects Both EEOC and Employer’s Statistical Arguments In Summary Judgment Motions

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

Seyfarth Synopsis:  In Handloser v. HCL Technologies LTD, No. 19-CV-1242, 2021 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 45183 (N.D. Cal. Mar. 9, 2021), Plaintiffs alleged that an Indian-based company with its U.S. headquarters in California gave preferential hiring treatment to foreign visa-holders over U.S. citizens.  Citing the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark decision in Wal-Mart
Continue Reading California Court Denies Class Certification In Reverse Discrimination Case Brought By Job Candidates

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

Seyfarth Synopsis: We are once again pleased to offer our loyal blog readers a breakdown of the five most intriguing developments in EEOC litigation in 2020, in addition to a pre-publication preview of our annual report on developments and trends in EEOC-initiated
Continue Reading 2020’s Top 5 Most Intriguing Developments in EEOC-Initiated Litigation (And A Preview of Our Annual EEOC Litigation Report)

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, in 2020, government enforcement litigation slowed considerably. Although the value of government enforcement settlements went up, agencies like the EEOC downsized their litigation enforcement programs and brought fewer lawsuits in 2020 than in any year of
Continue Reading 5 Top Trends In Workplace Class Action Litigation: Trend #4 Government Enforcement Litigation