For the second year in a row, we are honored to have received the “Chicago Litigation Department of Year: Labor & Employment” award from The National Law Journal. In The National Law Journal’s annual report on the Chicago Litigation Departments of the Year, Seyfarth was recognized for our litigation prowess in a series of high-profile and precedent-setting
Continue Reading We Did It Again! Seyfarth Was Honored At The National Law Journal Chicago Litigation Department Of The Year Awards Ceremony

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
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

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

In the words of the immortal bard Yogi Berra, “it’s like déjà vu all over again.”

As we have reported in years past (see here and here), the EEOC has a predictable trend of filing a flurry of lawsuits in the last days of its fiscal year,
Continue Reading Déjà Vu All Over Again: EEOC’s Fiscal Year-End Lawsuit Blitz Once Again Catches Dozens Of Employers In Litigation Net

By Gerald L. Maatman, Jr.

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has made eliminating so-called “discriminatory” barriers in recruitment and hiring one of its top priorities. For practical purposes, this means the agency is targeting and scrutinizing the recruitment and hiring practices of all employers. 

As a result, issues with EEOC enforcement litigation remain at or near the top of
Continue Reading Cutting-Edge Issues Stemming From EEOC Enforcement Litigation

By Rebecca Bjork and Gerald L. Maatman, Jr.

Our loyal readers know that we have been monitoring closely the proceedings in the EEOC’s appeal of the largest fee sanction award against the agency in its history — the $4.7 million awarded by the district court in the sexual harassment case entitled EEOC v. CRST Van Expedited, Inc., No.13-3159 (8th Circuit).
Continue Reading Latest Development In EEOC’s Appeal Of $4.7 Million Fee Award In The Eighth Circuit

By Laura Maechtlen and Michael Wahlander

Earlier this week, a federal district court in Nebraska dealt the EEOC two more blows in addition to its recent trial defeat in EEOC v. JBS USA, LLC, 8:10-CV-318 (D. Neb.), when it denied the EEOC’s request for a new trial and certified its trial ruling as an appealable judgment. We covered the
Continue Reading The EEOC Has A Cow, And Now Must Raise Its Beef On Appeal

By Lorie Almon, Gerald L. Maatman, Jr., and Ian Morrison

Back by popular demand, our Annual Workplace Class Action Report Webinar is on Tuesday, February 11, 2013. Click here to register and attend.

In the past two years we have seen a combination of Supreme Court decisions help create a defensive barrier for employers in class action cases.
Continue Reading Tenth Annual Workplace Class Action Report Webinar: Looking Back At Key Developments Of 2013 And What Lies Ahead In 2014

By Gerald L. Maatman, Jr.

 The keynote speaker at today’s program (January 27, 2014) on Employment Practices Liability Insurance in New York City (sponsored by the American Conference Institute) was Constance Barker, one of the five Commissioners of the EEOC. We spoke on workplace class actions and EEOC litigation at today’s program, and Commissioner Barker presented her thoughts in the
Continue Reading “The EEOC Talks” – Perspectives From Today’s ACI Program

By Gerald L. Maatman, Jr.

In one of the first workplace rulings of 2014, the U.S. District Court for the Western District Of New York granted an employer’s motion for summary judgment in EEOC v. Sterling Jewelers Inc., Case No. 08-CV-706 (W.D.N.Y. Jan. 2, 2014), and dismissed the lawsuit because the Commission failed to show that its pre-lawsuit investigation
Continue Reading To Ring In The New Year, Court Dismisses The EEOC’s Largest Pattern Or Practice Lawsuit For Its Failure To Satisfy Its Duty Of Pre-Lawsuit Investigation

By Christopher DeGroff, Reema Kapur, and Gerald L. Maatman, Jr.

We are pleased to offer a year-end bonus for all of our loyal readers of our blog – a pre-publication preview of our annual study of EEOC litigation is here: the launch of our book entitled EEOC-Initiated Litigation: Case Law Developments In 2013 And Trends To Watch For
Continue Reading The Top 5 Most Intriguing Decisions In EEOC Cases Of 2013 (And A Pre-Publication Preview Of Our Annual EEOC Litigation Report)