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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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EEOC Sues Sureste Property Group for Race Discrimination

ATLANTA – Sureste Property Group and its divisions, Sureste Property Services and Sureste Development Group, an integrated real estate operating company and asset management firm, violated federal law when it terminated a Black employee because of his race, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) charged in a lawsuit filed today. 

According to the EEOC’s suit, the aggrieved employee was the only Black individual ever employed as a project development manager for Sureste Property Group

April 24, 2024

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Red Robin to Pay $600,000 in EEOC Sexual Harassment Lawsuit

EVERETT, Wash. – Restaurant chain Red Robin International, Inc. agreed to pay $600,000 to four former employees and provide other injunctive relief to resolve a sexual harassment, retaliation and constructive discharge lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the federal agency announced today.

According to the EEOC’s lawsuit, a 45-year-old male line cook at Red Robin’s Everett, Washington restaurant was allowed to sexually harass female employees on a daily basis with offensive

April 22, 2024

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Kristen M. Foslid Appointed Regional Attorney of the EEOC’s Miami District Office

Kristen M. Foslid Appointed Regional Attorney

MIAMI – Kristen M. Foslid, a 14-year attorney with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), was appointed regional attorney for EEOC’s Miami District effective April 21, the federal agency announced today.

As regional attorney, Foslid will lead the district’s legal unit, conducting trial litigation and providing legal advice and other support to district staff responsible for investigating charges of discrimination.

EEOC General Counsel Karla Gilbride said, “Ms. Foslid is an exceptional attorney and leader

April 22, 2024

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Sprouts Farmers Market Resolves EEOC Discrimination Charge

LOS ANGELES – Sprouts Farmers Market, a national grocery chain featuring natural foods, has settled a federal charge of sex discrimination including sexual harassment and retaliation filed with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the federal agency announced today.

According to the EEOC, Sprouts Farmers Market, located in the San Fernando Valley area of Los Angeles, subjected a group of employees to sexual harassment and retaliated against them for complaining about the harassment.

The

April 19, 2024

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EEOC Sues Sheetz, Inc. For Racially Discriminatory Hiring Practice

BALTIMORE – Sheetz, a large convenience store chain, violated federal law by denying employment to a class of job applicants because of their race, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) charged in a lawsuit filed today.

The EEOC filed suit against Sheetz, Inc.; Sheetz Distribution Services, LLC; and CLI Transport, LP (collectively, Sheetz), which together operate a chain of convenience stores with over 600 locations in six states. According to the lawsuit, Sheetz has

April 18, 2024

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Vicars Powersports to Pay $75,000 in EEOC Sex Discrimination Lawsuit

ST. LOUIS – Vicars Powersports, a McAlester, Oklahoma retailer of motorsports vehicles, will pay $75,000 and furnish other relief to settle a U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) sex discrimination lawsuit, the federal agency announced today.

The EEOC suit charged that Vicars Powersports fired a female sales manager, who was satisfactorily performing her job, because she is a woman, falsely telling her that her sales manager position was being eliminated. Weeks later, the dealership posted

April 18, 2024

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Urbana School District No. 116 to Pay $206,301 in EEOC Age Discrimination Lawsuit

CHICAGO – Urbana School District No. 116 agreed to pay $206,301 to settle an age discrimination lawsuit brought by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the federal agency announced today.

According to the EEOC’s lawsuit, the Urbana School District limited the salary increases of Charles Koplinski and a group of other teachers over the age of 45 because of their age, due to a provision of a collective bargaining agreement between the school district and

April 17, 2024

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Eagle Marine Services to Pay $45,000 in EEOC Disability Lawsuit

NEW ORLEANS – Eagle Marine Services Electrical and Refrigeration, LLC, a marine services company based in Berwick, Louisiana, has agreed to pay a former job applicant $45,000 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, the company withdrew a job offer after a company-ordered medical examination revealed the candidate had attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and took prescribed

April 16, 2024

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Gregg Orr Auto to Pay $325,000 to Resolve Disability and Age Discrimination Lawsuit

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Gregg Orr Auto Collection, Inc., a group of car dealerships, has agreed to pay $325,000 and provide other relief to settle a U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) lawsuit alleging that the Texarkana, Texas-based company fired a senior sales executive to avoid medical costs related to his cancer diagnosis, the federal agency announced today.

According to the lawsuit, Greg Orr Auto fired the 65-year-old employee in February 2020 without prior warning and

April 16, 2024

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Cavco Industries, Palm Harbor Homes and Palm Harbor Villages to Pay $135,000 to Settle EEOC Race Discrimination Lawsuit

WACO, Texas – Cavco Industries, Inc.; Palm Harbor Homes, Inc.; and Palm Harbor Villages, Inc., which manufacture and sell manufactured homes in Waco, Texas, will pay $135,000 to settle a race discrimination lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the federal agency announced today.

According to the EEOC’s lawsuit, a sales consultant at the Palm Harbor Homes location in Waco, Texas, experienced harassment after disclosing he had a biracial family and after

April 16, 2024

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Jacobson Memorial Hospital to Pay $45,000 in EEOC Retaliation Lawsuit

BISMARCK, N.D. – Jacobson Memorial Hospital Care Center, a critical access hospital in Elgin, North Dakota, will pay $45,000 and provide other relief to settle a U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) retaliation lawsuit, the federal agency announced today.

According to the lawsuit, the hospital violated federal law when it fired a Black nursing aide in retaliation six days after she reported that a co-worker called her the “n-word” in May 2019.

Such alleged conduct

April 15, 2024

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EEOC Issues Final Regulation on Pregnant Workers Fairness Act

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) today issued a final rule to implement the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (PWFA), providing important clarity that will allow pregnant workers the ability to work and maintain a healthy pregnancy and help employers understand their duties under the law. The PWFA requires most employers with 15 or more employees to provide “reasonable accommodations,” or changes at work, for a worker’s known limitations related to pregnancy, childbirth

April 15, 2024

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Olive Garden/GMRI Inc. To Pay $30,000 To Settle EEOC Disability Discrimination Suit

PITTSBURGH – GMRI, Inc., doing business as Olive Garden, will pay $30,000 and agreed to significant non-monetary remedies under a consent decree settling 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, the general manager of GMRI’s Olive Garden restaurant in Tarentum, Pennsylvania interviewed an applicant with a disability for a busser position. During the interview, the general manager asked the

April 9, 2024

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BaronHR to Pay $2.2 Million in EEOC Hiring Discrimination Lawsuit

LOS ANGELES – Nationwide staffing agency BaronHR, LLC will pay $2.2 million and enter a consent decree requiring extensive injunctive relief to settle a hiring discrimination lawsuit brought by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) the federal agency announced today. The EEOC brought the lawsuit on behalf of a class of Black, Asian, white and other non-Hispanic workers, male and female workers, and workers with disabilities who were discriminated against in hiring.

The EEOC’s

April 9, 2024

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American Screening to Pay $50,000 to Settle EEOC Race Discrimination Lawsuit

NEW ORLEANS – Drug and medical testing supply company American Screening, LLC, has agreed to pay $50,000 and provide other relief to settle a race discrimination lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the federal agency announced today.

According to the lawsuit, a Black employee interviewed and was selected for a sales position with American Screening while wearing a wig with long, straight hair. After she stopped wearing the wig and started

April 4, 2024

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Passages Family Support to Pay $95,000 to Resolve Religious Discrimination Charge

SEATTLE – Passages Family Support, a non-profit organization with a clinic in Spokane, Washington, has agreed to pay $95,000 and provide other injunctive relief following an investigation by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the agency announced today.

A former employee who worked as a mental health therapist alleged that she requested a job-related accommodation for a religious belief that conflicted with a stated requirement of her position. The EEOC’s investigation found that, despite

April 4, 2024

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Shane’s Rib Shack Franchisees to Pay $56,500 in EEOC Sexual Harassment and Retaliation Lawsuit

ATLANTA – RSPS Holdings and SRS Milledgeville, franchisors of the popular fast-casual barbeque restaurant Shane’s Rib Shack, have agreed to pay $56,500 and provide other relief to settle a lawsuit for sexual harassment and retaliation filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the federal agency announced today.

According to the EEOC’s lawsuit, the companies violated federal law when they subjected a teenage female employee at its Milledgeville, Georgia location to a hostile work

April 2, 2024

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EEOC Sues Sis-Bro, Inc. for Gender Identity Discrimination and Harassment

CHICAGO – Sis-Bro, Inc., a hog farm in New Athens, Illinois, violated federal law when it allowed an employee to be harassed because of her sex and gender identity, forcing her to quit, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) charged in a lawsuit filed today.

According to the lawsuit, the targeted employee, who was a high performer, began her transition in 2018. From that time, Sis-Bro’s co-owner made frequent, derogatory comments about the targeted

March 28, 2024

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EEOC Releases Two Litigation Program Updates

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) released the Fiscal Year (FY) 2023 Office of General Counsel (OGC) Annual Report, covering Oct. 1, 2022 to Sept. 30, 2023, and a new data dashboard highlighting selected resolved cases from the past five fiscal years.

In FY 2023, the EEOC filed 143 merits lawsuits, 25 of which were systemic, and resolved 98 suits obtaining over $22.6 million in monetary relief for victims of employment

March 27, 2024

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EEOC Sues Ephraim McDowell Health For Sex Discrimination And Retaliation

INDIANAPOLIS – Ephraim McDowell Health, Inc. (EMH), headquartered in Danville, Kentucky, violated federal law by denying a female employee a promotion because of her sex and retaliated against her after she filed a discrimination charge, the U.S Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) charged in a lawsuit it filed today.

According to the EEOC’s lawsuit, the employee was told by EMH’s CEO that she would not be selected for an administrator position at its Fort Logan

March 27, 2024