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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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Res-Care / Equus to Pay $125,000 in EEOC High-Risk Pregnancy and Disability Discrimination Case

SOCORRO, N.M. – Res-Care and Equus Workforce Solutions (jointly referred to as Res-Care/Equus), nationwide job assistance companies doing business in New Mexico, will pay $125,000 and furnish other relief to settle a disability and pregnancy discrimination lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the federal agency announced today.

The EEOC charged Res-Care/Equus at its facility in Socorro, New Mexico with violating federal law when they discriminated against an employee with a high-risk

June 11, 2024

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Honolulu Restaurant and HR Company to Pay $115,000 in EEOC Sexual Harassment Lawsuit

HONOLULU, Hawaii – Aged Artisans LLC and Surfeit Group LLC, doing business as Square Barrels, a former Honolulu-based restaurant, and their outsourced human resources company, ALTRES, Inc., doing business as SimplicityHR, have agreed to pay $115,000 and provide other relief to resolve a sexual harassment lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Oppor­tunity Commission (EEOC), the federal agency announced today.

According to the EEOC’s lawsuit, Aged Artisans’ co-owner targeted gay employees for sexual harassment by

June 11, 2024

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EEOC Appoints Sivaram Ghorakavi as Deputy Chief Information Officer and Chief Artificial Intelligence Officer

EEOC Appoints Sivaram Ghorakavi as Deputy Chief Information Officer and Chief Artificial Intelligence Officer

WASHINGTON -- Sivaram Ghorakavi has been appointed as the new Deputy Chief Information Officer for the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), effective today. The position is a key Senior Executive Service (SES) managerial position at the agency. Mr. Ghorakavi will also serve as the EEOC’s Chief Artificial Intelligence Officer.

Ghorakavi will manage daily information technology operations and provide professional direction and leadership for technology projects and partnerships. His focus will lead agency innovations in

June 3, 2024

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Pacific Culinary and CB Foods to Pay $245,000 in EEOC Sexual Harassment and Retaliation Lawsuit

LOS ANGELES – California-based Asian food companies Pacific Culinary Group, Inc. and CB Foods, Inc. will pay $245,000 and furnish injunctive relief to settle a U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) sexual harassment, retaliation, and constructive discharge lawsuit, the federal agency announced today. The EEOC brought the lawsuit against two Asian food companies on behalf of a class of female and male food production workers, some of whom have limited English proficiency.

According to the

May 31, 2024

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EEOC Sues PepsiCo for Failing to Accommodate and Firing a Blind Employee

GREENSBORO, N.C. – PepsiCo Beverage Sales, LLC violated federal law when it failed to provide a reasonable accommodation to and fired a blind employee in its North Carolina call center, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) charged in a lawsuit filed today.

According to the EEOC’s lawsuit, PepsiCo hired a blind employee as a customer care advocate for its Winston-Salem call center. The employee notified PepsiCo that he was blind and requested a reasonable

May 31, 2024

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Keystone RV Company to Pay Nearly $100,000 in EEOC Disability Discrimination Suit

INDIANAPOLIS – Goshen, Indiana-based Keystone RV Company, a leading manufacturer of towable RVs, will pay $95,460 and furnish other relief to settle a disability discrimination suit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the federal agency announced today.  

According to the EEOC’s suit, Keystone failed to accommodate a former painter, Brandon Meeks, when he needed time off to treat a hereditary condition.

Such conduct violated the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the

May 29, 2024

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EEOC Sues 15 Employers for Failing to File Required Workforce Demographic Reports

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) filed suit against 15 employers in 10 states this week, alleging the companies failed to comply with mandatory federal reporting requirements.

The EEOC sued 15 employers for repeatedly failing to submit mandatory EEO-1 Component 1 data reports in prior years, including for reporting years 2021 and 2022. Federal law requires employers with 100 or more employees to submit workforce data to the EEOC. The data collected

May 29, 2024

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Subway Franchises Agree to Pay $25,000 to Settle EEOC Race and Color Discrimination Suit

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. – Subway franchises Bilal & Aaya Subway, Inc., H & F Subway Inc. and L & H Subway, Inc. (Subway) will pay $25,000 and provide other relief to settle a lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the federal agency announced today.

According to the EEOC’s lawsuit, the president and owner of several Subway franchises repeatedly instructed the general manager, who is Black, not to hire Black employees and to

May 29, 2024

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Washington State Department of Transportation Settles Disability Discrimination Complaint Filed With EEOC

SEATTLE – The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) has agreed to pay $57,577 in compensatory damages and back pay and provide other injunctive relief following an investigation by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the agency announced today.

In the charge, a former employee alleged that he was terminated five days after disclosing his disability and discussing a potential need for a related accommodation with his employer. The EEOC’s investigation found reasonable cause

May 23, 2024

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Columbia River Healthcare to Settle EEOC Harassment Charge

SEATTLE – Columbia River Healthcare Inc., a nursing facility in Vancouver, Washington, that operates under the name The Oaks at Timberline, has agreed to provide monetary and injunctive relief to a former supervisor following an investigation by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the agency announced today. 

In a charge filed with EEOC, the former supervisor alleged that after disclosing their gender identity and pronouns to their employer, managers and staff persisted in repeatedly

May 23, 2024

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EEOC Opens Registration for EXCEL 2024, August 19-22, 2024 in New Orleans

WASHINGTON - Registration for the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (EEOC) 27th Examining Conflicts in Employment Laws (EXCEL) Training Conference is now open. Industry professionals are invited to join Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO), Human Resources (HR), and Alternate Dispute Resolution (ADR) professionals and practitioners from private, state & local, and federal organizations in New Orleans, La. August 19-22 for the 2024 EXCEL Conference.

The theme, “60 Years of the Civil Rights Act: Pursuing Justice /

May 23, 2024

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EEOC Sues All Day Medical Care Clinic for Discriminating Against Employee for Not Disclosing Disability During Job Interview

BALTIMORE – All Day Medical Care Clinic, LLC, which operates five medical clinics in Maryland, violated federal law by firing its scheduling assistant on her first day of work shortly after she requested reasonable accommodations for her visual impairments, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) charged in a lawsuit filed today.

According to the EEOC’s lawsuit, after the scheduling assistant informed All Day Medical Care Clinic about her vision impairments and need for accommodation

May 22, 2024

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EEOC Sues Smithfield Foods for Age Discrimination

ATLANTA – Smithfield Foods, Inc. and Smithfield Fresh Meats Sales Corporation (together, “Smithfield Foods”), which operate a food processing business that specializes in pork production, violated federal law when they fired a senior sales employee because of her age, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) charged in a lawsuit filed today.

According to the lawsuit, the employee worked for Smithfield Foods for over 10 years before she was fired at the age of 59

May 17, 2024

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The Cleaning Authority-Fox Valley to Pay $200,000 to Settle EEOC Sexual Harassment and Retaliation Lawsuit

MILWAUKEE – The Cleaning Authority-Fox Valley, a cleaning service provider in eastern Wisconsin, will pay $200,000 and furnish other relief to settle a sexual harassment lawsuit brought by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the federal agency announced today.

The EEOC alleged that The Cleaning Authority-Fox Valley routinely subjected female workers to sexual harassment through unwanted sexual advances, unwanted touching and sexual comments. The EEOC also alleged a female employee was forced to quit

May 16, 2024

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TCI Of Alabama to Pay $90,000 to Settle Retaliation Lawsuit

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. –TCI of Alabama, LLC, a recycling, removal, disposal and repair company, will pay $90,000 and provide other relief to settle a U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) retaliation lawsuit, the federal agency announced today.

The EEOC charged that TCI violated federal law by terminating an employee for participating in an internal investigation about a charge filed with the EEOC alleging that TCI’s hiring practices discriminated against females. The employee who was retaliated against

May 16, 2024

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The Modern Group and Dragon Rig Sales to Pay $35,000 in EEOC Disability Discrimination Lawsuit

BEAUMONT, Texas – The Modern Group, Ltd. (TMG), headquartered in Beaumont, Texas, and one of its subsidiaries, Dragon Rig Sales and Service, LLC, a manufacturing and service company which builds oilfield service equipment for energy and industrial companies, will pay $35,000 and furnish other relief to settle a U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) disability discrimination lawsuit, the federal agency announced today.

According to the lawsuit, Dragon Rig and TMG denied employment to an applicant

May 15, 2024

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Tractor Supply Company to Pay $75,000 to Settle EEOC Disability Discrimination and Retaliation Lawsuit

JACKSON, Miss. – Headquartered in Tennessee, Tractor Supply Company, the nation’s largest rural lifestyle retailer with over 2,400 stores and more than 50,000 employees, has agreed to pay $75,000 and provide other relief to settle a disability discrimination and retaliation lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the federal agency announced today.                                                                  

According to the EEOC’s lawsuit, Tractor Supply Company violated federal law when it disclosed an employee’s confidential medical information, subjected

May 14, 2024

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Maximum Security to Pay $22,500 to Settle EEOC Age and Disability Discrimination Lawsuit

NEW YORK – Maximum Security NYC, Inc., a security company headquartered in Queens, New York, will pay a former employee $22,500 and implement an anti-discrimination policy and training program to resolve 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, Maximum Security had given a 57-year-old employee numerous assignments at client hotels where he was responsible for assisting with evacuations

May 13, 2024

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NorVal Electric to Pay $50,000 in EEOC Sexual Harassment and Retaliation Lawsuit

GLASGOW, Mont. – NorVal Electric Cooperative, Inc., a utility serving Northeast Montana, agreed to pay $50,000 to a former employee and provide other injunctive relief to resolve a sexual harassment and retaliation lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the federal agency announced today.

According to the EEOC’s lawsuit, NorVal’s office manager faced unwelcome sexual comments and physical touching from her direct supervisor, the utility’s then-general manager. The conduct escalated during a

May 9, 2024

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EEOC Sues Reliable Maintenance Solutions for Disability Discrimination

ATLANTA – Reliable Maintenance Solutions, Inc., which provides quarry services for mine sites in Georgia, violated federal law when it refused to hire an applicant because of his disability, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) charged in a lawsuit recently filed.

According to the EEOC’s lawsuit, the applicant sought to work for Reliable as a dump truck operator in March 2021. The applicant is a right-arm amputee with years of work experience operating dump

May 2, 2024