Chair Cari M. Dominguez
- On Sept. 11, terrorists flew planes into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a field in Pennsylvania. The Commission's New York District Office (NYDO) at Seven World Trade Center is demolished. There were no loss of life or injuries, but the office and all of its equipment, files, and records are destroyed.
- In response to post-9/11 challenges, the EEOC issued several documents, including:
- Q&A About Employer Responsibilities Concerning the Employment of Muslims, Arabs, South Asians and Sikhs
- Q&A About the Workplace Rights of Muslims, Arabs, South Asians and Sikhs Under the Equal Employment Opportunity Laws.
- Obtaining and Using Employee Medical Information as Part of Emergency Evacuation Procedures, to address the concerns of employers in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks.
More information about the EEOC's response to the events of 9/11 can be found in the sidebar.
Notable Court Decisions
- In EEOC v. Outback Steakhouse, Inc., No. 8:99-cv-2218-T-26MSS, (M.D. Fla. Sept. 18, 2001), a jury awarded $2.2 million to a former female employee who was paid considerably less than a male employee who performed the same job duties, and was retaliated against after complaining of sex discrimination, in violation of Title VII and the Equal Pay Act. The verdict was subsequently reduced to comply with the statutory cap.
Notable EEOC Settlements
- EEOC v. Cincinnati Bell Telephone Co. (S.D. Ohio Jan. 9, 2001), a Title VII and Pregnancy Discrimination Act lawsuit against the telephone company, settled for approximately $10 million in monetary relief and service credit for female employees who were not credited for pregnancy leave when the employer instituted early retirement incentive plans.
- 13 ADA lawsuits against Wal-Mart Stores settled for a total of $6.8 million (EEOC v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., (E.D. Cal. Dec. 17, 2001)). Wal-Mart paid $3.8 million dollars to 21 individuals in the 13 pending ADA lawsuits and an additional $3 million to compensate people who had been denied employment at one of Wal-Mart's 52 distribution centers and who were negatively impacted by the company's pre-employment disability-related inquiries.