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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 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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Medsurant Health to Pay $80,000 to Settle EEOC Sex Discrimination Lawsuit

PHILADELPHIA – Medsurant Holdings, LLC, a Pennsylvania-based healthcare services company providing intraoperative neurophysiologic monitoring services to hospitals and surgeons in several states will pay $80,000 to settle a sex discrimination lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the federal agency announced today.  

Medsurant Health’s monitoring services are performed by intraoperative neurophysiology monitorists, and according to the EEOC’s lawsuit, Medsurant paid a female monitorist less than her male coworkers for performing equal

January 23, 2024

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Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration to Pay $40,000 to Settle EEOC Sex Discrimination Lawsuit

BALTIMORE – Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (MDOTSHA), the agency that oversees the state highways throughout Maryland, will pay $40,000 to settle an equal pay lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the federal agency announced today.

According to the EEOC’s lawsuit, for several years up to the present, MDOTSHA paid a male district community liaison (DCL) lower wages than it paid to his female counterparts, even though the male

January 23, 2024

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T.C. Wheelers to Pay $25,000 to Settle EEOC Sex Harassment Lawsuit

BUFFALO, N.Y. – T.C. Wheelers, Inc., a restaurant that operates as T.C. Wheelers Bar & Pizzeria in Tonawanda, New York, has agreed to pay $25,000 and provide other relief to settle a sex-based harassment lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the federal agency announced today.

According to the EEOC’s lawsuit, the owners and staff of the restaurant verbally harassed Quinn Gambino, a transgender man, by making crude and derogatory references to

January 22, 2024

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Trinity Health-Michigan to Pay $50,000 to Settle EEOC Religious Discrimination Lawsuit

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Trinity Health Grand Rapids, formerly known as Mercy Health St. Mary’s, a hospital and member of the Trinity Health-Michigan health system, agreed to pay $50,000 and provide other relief to settle a religious discrimination lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the federal agency announced today.

According to the EEOC’s lawsuit, Trinity Health violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 by rescinding a job offer

January 19, 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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EEOC Sues Houston Independent School District for Pay Discrimination

HOUSTON – The Houston Independent School District (HISD) violated federal law when it paid female senior Career & Technical Education (CTE) program specialists lower wages than male senior CTE program specialists for performing substantially equal work based on their sex, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) charged in a lawsuit it filed today.

According to the EEOC’s lawsuit, since at least February 2019, HISD has been paying lower wages to a class of female

January 11, 2024

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Walmart to Pay $60,000 to Settle EEOC Sex Discrimination Lawsuit

DES MOINES, Iowa – Walmart will pay $60,000 and provide other relief to settle a sex discrimination lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the federal agency announced today.

The EEOC charged in its suit that Walmart refused to promote an employee to a department manager position at its Ottumwa, Iowa store based on sex stereotypes about women with young children. According to evidence presented by the EEOC, when the employee asked

January 11, 2024

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Autos of Dallas Settles EEOC Race Discrimination Suit

DALLAS — AOD Ventures, Inc. doing business as Autos of Dallas, a local retailer of pre-owned vehicles in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, will pay $22,500 and furnish 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 EEOC’s lawsuit, car salesman Jonathon Sellers, who is Black, attended a December 2019 holiday party in which management called him to the front

January 10, 2024

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EEOC Sues Bob’s Tire Company, Inc. for Sexual, Racial, and National Origin Harassment and Retaliation

BOSTON - Bob’s Tire Company, Inc., a used tire scrap and recycling facility in New Bedford, Massachusetts, violated federal law by subjecting male and Hispanic employees — nearly all of Guatemalan descent — to sexual, racial, and/or national origin harassment, and retaliated against one employee who complained about sexual harassment, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) charged in a lawsuit it announced today.

According to the EEOC’s lawsuit, the owner of Bob’s Tire, Robert

January 10, 2024

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Joint Statement by Acting Secretary of Labor Su, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Chair Burrows on Anniversary of PWFA, PUMP Act

WASHINGTON – Acting Secretary of Labor Julie Su and U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Chair Charlotte A. Burrows today issued a joint statement to mark the first anniversary of the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (PWFA) and the Providing Urgent Maternal Protections for Nursing Mothers Act (PUMP Act):

“On Dec. 29, 2022, President Biden signed into law much-needed and long overdue workplace protections for pregnant and nursing workers. We celebrate the first anniversary of legislation that

January 8, 2024

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Yaw Gyebi Jr. Chosen as New Director of EEOC’s New York District Office

WASHINGTON – Yaw Gyebi Jr. has been chosen as the new director of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (EEOC) New York District Office, the federal agency announced today. Gyebi, who most recently served as the founding chief of enforcement and investigations at the Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission, started today.

“Mr. Gyebi brings a wealth of knowledge from his work as a senior state government leader with extensive enforcement, employment law and labor relations experience,”

January 2, 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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In Agreement with EEOC, Groupon to Establish Educational Fund for Black Students Pursuing STEM Careers

CHICAGO - The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced today that following an investigation, the EEOC and Groupon, Inc. (Groupon) have entered into a voluntary agreement in which Groupon has agreed to contribute $350,000 toward establishing an educational fund dedicated to improving primary and secondary STEM education for Black students and awarding scholarships to Black students pursuing advanced degrees in STEM fields. 

Groupon also has expanded its annual equal employment opportunity (EEO) training for

December 27, 2023

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Triple Canopy, Inc. to Pay $110,759 to Settle EEOC Religious Discrimination and Retaliation Lawsuit

WASHINGTON – Triple Canopy, Inc. a Reston, Virginia-based company providing protective services to federal agencies, will pay a former employee $110,759 and provide other relief to settle a religious discrimination and retaliation lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the agency announced today.

According to the EEOC’s lawsuit, Triple Canopy denied a religious accommodation to an employee who held a Christian belief that men must wear beards because the employee was unable

December 26, 2023

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Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta to Pay $45,000 to Settle EEOC Religious Discrimination Lawsuit

ATLANTA – Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Inc. (CHOA), a pediatric healthcare system in Georgia, will pay $45,000 to settle a religious discrimination lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employ­ment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the federal agency announced today.

The EEOC charged in its suit that a maintenance employee requested a religious exemption to CHOA’s flu vaccination requirements based on sincerely held religious beliefs, in accordance with CHOA’s procedures. CHOA granted the same employee a religious exemption

December 22, 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