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Welcome to the EEOC's Virtual Newsroom, which offers a wide range of information and materials on the Commission's history, functions, procedures, programs, actions and staff, on the statutes we enforce, and on related research, data and statistics. We encourage everyone to browse and search through our continually updated Press Kit, which provides extensive background and context for virtually any question.

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ADT Pizza to Pay $15,000 to Settle EEOC Disability Discrimination and Harassment Charge

ZANESVILLE, Ohio – ADT Pizza, doing business as Pizza Hut, has agreed to pay $13,083.75 in damages and $1,916.25 in backpay to resolve a charge of disability discrimination and harassment filed with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the federal agency announced today.

The EEOC investigation found that ADT Pizza discriminated against an employee by subjecting her to unwelcome and derogatory comments by a member of management based on her disability and that she

February 28, 2024

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EEOC and Army Sustainment Resolve Disability Discrimination Lawsuit

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) reached a settlement with Army Sustainment, LLC, a government contractor providing aviation maintenance support.

In 2020, the EEOC filed suit in U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. Army Sustainment, LLC (formerly known as L-3 Army Sustainment, LLC f/k/a Army Fleet Support, LLC), Civil Action No. 1:20-cv-00234-RAH-CWB) and alleged that the company violated the Americans with Disabilities Act

February 28, 2024

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Voyant Beauty Will Pay $75,000 to Settle EEOC Disability Discrimination Lawsuit

CHICAGO – Voyant Beauty, LLC will pay $75,000 and provide other relief to settle a disability discrimination lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the federal agency announced today.

The EEOC charged in its suit that Voyant terminated an employee on her first day of work upon learning that she is deaf. The company did so even though she was qualified for the job and could have performed its essential functions with

February 27, 2024

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Bako Pays $50,000 to Settle EEOC Pregnancy Discrimination Lawsuit

ATLANTA – Bakotic Pathology Associates, LLC (Bako), a pathology laboratory headquartered in Alpharetta, Georgia, will pay $50,000 and furnish other relief to settle a sex discrimination and retaliation lawsuit, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced today.

The EEOC suit alleged Bako discriminated and retaliated against an employee who was experiencing pregnancy-related symptoms, when it fired her while she was on approved medical leave and receiving short-term disability benefits, shortly after she complained of

February 23, 2024

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EEOC Sues Gracious Bakery for Pregnancy Discrimination

NEW ORLEANS – Gracious, LLC, a company based in New Orleans and doing business as Gracious Bakery + Café, violated federal law when it fired an employee because of a medical condition related to her pregnancy, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) charged in a lawsuit filed February 16, 2024.

According to the EEOC, the bakery operator violated federal law when it fired an employee after missing two shifts to seek emergency medical treatment

February 22, 2024

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EEOC Sues Atlantic Properties Management Corporation and Diversified Funding for Disability Discrimination and Retaliation

BOSTON – Atlantic Properties Management Corporation and its affiliate, Diversified Funding, Inc., property management companies in Boston, violated federal law by failing to provide a reasonable accommodation to a new hire with a disability and subsequently withdrawing her job offer, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) charged in a lawsuit filed today.

According to the EEOC’s lawsuit, the individual was offered employment as an executive administrative assistant to the president and vice president of

February 15, 2024

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Hospital Housekeeping Systems to Pay $520,000 in EEOC Disability Discrimination Suit

FORT SMITH, Ark. - Hospital Housekeeping Systems, LLC (HHS), a provider of housekeeping, food and facilities support to numerous industries, based in Dripping Springs, Texas, will pay $520,000 as part of the settlement of a disability discrimination lawsuit brought by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the agency announced today.

The EEOC charged in its suit that HHS violated the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) when the company began requiring employees to take the

February 14, 2024

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Pete’s Car Smart to Pay $145,000 to Settle EEOC Age and Disability Discrimination Suit

DALLAS – Amarillo-based dealership Pete’s Car Smart will pay $145,000 and furnish other relief to settle an age and disability discrimination lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the federal agency announced today.

According to the EEOC’s lawsuit, an employee who had been employed with Pete’s Car Smart for nearly 18 years underwent bypass heart surgery in early 2021, requiring a brief medical leave of absence. In the days leading up to her

February 14, 2024

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Tech Mahindra to Pay $255,000 to Settle EEOC Disability Discrimination Lawsuit

NEW YORK - Tech Mahindra, Inc., a New York-based IT services company, will pay $255,000 to a job applicant to settle a disability discrimination lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the federal agency announced today.

According to the EEOC’s lawsuit, a deaf applicant provided a sign-language interpreter during an interview he had for an automation engineer position with Tech Mahindra in Rochester, New York. When Tech Mahindra realized the applicant was

February 14, 2024

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EEOC Sues Covenant Woods for Age and Disability Discrimination

ATLANTA – Covenant Woods Senior Living, LLC and BrightSpace Senior Living, LLC (together, “Covenant Woods”), which operate the Covenant Woods retirement community in Columbus, Georgia, violated federal law when they fired a 78-year-old employee from her position as a receptionist because of her age and disability, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) charged in a lawsuit filed today.

According to the lawsuit, the receptionist, who was recognized as one of Covenant Woods’ employees of

February 14, 2024

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Jury Awards $1.675 Million in EEOC Disability Discrimination Case Against McLane Northeast

NEW YORK – A seven-person jury in Syracuse, New York returned a verdict this afternoon to resolve a disability discrimination lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the federal agency announced today. The jury awarded $1.675 million to the discrimination victim in the case.

After a 3 ½-day trial, the jury found, following just two hours of deliberation, that McLane Northeast, a distribution company with a large facility in Baldwinsville, New York

February 8, 2024

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EEOC Launches New Outreach Initiative

WASHINGTON – Today the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) launched the REACH initiative: “Enhancing OutREACH to Vulnerable Workers and Underserved Communities,” a new, multi-year effort led by Commissioner Kalpana Kotagal. The initiative focuses on ensuring EEOC’s outreach and education efforts are effectively reaching workers who often are the least likely to seek the agency’s assistance, despite their great need.

“I am delighted that Commissioner Kotagal agreed to lead this critical effort to ensure

January 29, 2024

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Library Hotel to Pay $42,000 to Settle EEOC Disability Discrimination Lawsuit

NEW YORK – 299 Madison Ave. LLC, doing business as Library Hotel, a luxury boutique hotel in New York City, will pay $42,000 to a former front desk employee to resolve a disability discrimination lawsuit filed pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the federal agency announced today.

According to the EEOC’s lawsuit, a guest services agent for the hotel submitted medical support for, and requested

January 25, 2024

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Cash Depot Pays $55,000 to Settle EEOC Disability Discrimination Lawsuit

HOUSTON – Cash Depot, LTD, a privately owned, independent ATM service provider headquartered in Green Bay, Wisconsin, agreed to pay $55,000 and provide other to settle a disability discrimination lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the federal agency announced today.

According to the EEOC’s lawsuit, Cash Depot refused to accommodate a field service technician after he suffered a stroke and was subsequently hospitalized. The EEOC alleged that Cash Depot placed the

January 16, 2024

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Nebraska Court Orders Trucking Company to Pay Deaf Driver Punitive Damages, Lost Wages After Jury Awarded Millions

ST. LOUIS – Werner Enterprises, Inc. and Drivers Management, LLC must pay $335,682 to a deaf truck driver months after an Omaha jury found in favor of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) on disability discrimination claims, a federal judge ruled this week. The court also ordered the companies to submit semi-annual reports to the EEOC for the next three years with information about deaf truck driver applicants and new hires.

The judgment follows

January 12, 2024

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Omaha Hospitality Group to Pay $100,000 to Resolve EEOC Disability Discrimination Lawsuit

ST. LOUIS – The owners and operators of a hotel in Omaha, Nebraska, have agreed to pay $100,000 to a former general manager and furnish other relief to settle a disability discrimination lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the federal agency announced today.

According to the suit, the general manager worked at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites – Omaha Downtown, which is owned and operated by Anant Enterprises, L.L.C.; Anant

December 28, 2023

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United Parcel Service to Pay $150,000 to Settle EEOC Disability Discrimination Lawsuit

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – United Parcel Service, Inc. (UPS), will pay $150,000 and provide other relief, including offering reinstatement to a discharged employee with diabetes, the U.S. Equal Employ­ment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced today.

According to the EEOC’s suit, the employee asked a human resources representative for the accommodation of an occasional short break to check his blood sugar and eat or drink something if necessary. After initially agreeing to the request, the HR rep later

December 22, 2023

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EEOC Issues Article on Workplace Accessibility

WASHINGTON – Today the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued an article titled “Providing an Accessible Workplace.” The article provides an overview of the laws that federal agencies must comply with to provide individuals with disabilities access to accommodations to ensure they are able to participate fully in the workplace. It focuses on accommodations that improve access to job facilities, physical spaces, and information technology. Also, it provides information about where agencies

December 21, 2023

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Scripps Clinical Medical Group to Pay $6.875 Million

SAN DIEGO – Scripps Clinical Medical Group has settled an age and disability discrimination charge filed with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) after it subjected a class of physicians to a mandatory retirement age, regardless of the individuals’ abilities to do the job, the federal agency announced today.

The EEOC investigated the allegations and found reasonable cause to believe that Scripps Clinical Medical Group violated the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) and

December 19, 2023

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EEOC Sues Alternate Solutions Health Network for Disability Discrimination

DETROIT – Providers of home health care services Alternate Solutions Health Network, LLC (ASHN), and its affiliated entity Beaumont ASHN, LLC, violated federal law by failing to provide a reasonable accommodation to a disabled employee and subsequently terminating her employment, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) charged in a lawsuit filed today.

According to the EEOC’s lawsuit, the employee was an occupational therapist who provided therapy services to patients in their homes. In February

December 1, 2023

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Cloudbeds to Pay $150,000 to Resolve EEOC Disability Discrimination Lawsuit

BOSTON – Remote-first global technology company Digital Arbitrage, Inc., doing business as Cloudbeds, will pay $150,000 to resolve a disability discrimination lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the federal agency announced today.

According to the EEOC’s lawsuit, during their hiring process Cloudbeds failed to provide an accommodation to Peter St. John, a well-qualified candidate in IT administration who is deaf and uses American Sign Language (ASL) to communicate. Cloudbeds terminated his

November 29, 2023

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Citizens Bank, N.A. to Pay $100,000 to Settle EEOC Disability Discrimination Lawsuit

NEW YORK – Citizens Bank, N.A., will implement company-wide policy changes and pay $100,000 to a former employee of its Cranston, Rhode Island call center to resolve a disability discrimination lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the federal agency announced today.

According to the EEOC’s lawsuit, Citizens Bank refused to accommodate a call center employee after he developed an anxiety disorder and requested to be reassigned to a position that did

November 22, 2023

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Papa John’s Pizza to Pay $175,000 to Settle Disability Discrimination Lawsuit

ATLANTA – Papa John’s Pizza, an international chain of pizza restaurants based in Louisville, Kentucky, will pay $175,000 and provide other relief to settle a disability discrimination lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the federal agency announced today.

According to the EEOC’s suit, in early 2020, Michael Barnes applied for a job at his local Papa John’s restaurant in Athens, Georgia, after hearing from a friend that the company hired individuals

November 20, 2023

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Senate Votes to Re-Confirm EEOC Chair Charlotte A. Burrows

WASHINGTON – Today the U.S. Senate voted to confirm Chair Charlotte A. Burrows to a third term on the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), with the term expiring July 1, 2028.

First nominated in 2014 and unanimously confirmed for a second term in 2019, President Biden designated Burrows as EEOC Chair on Jan. 20, 2021. Her current nomination was sent to the Senate June 21, and her nomination was reported favorably out of the

November 8, 2023