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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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Wheeler Trucking to Pay $65,000 to Resolve EEOC Discrimination and Retaliation Lawsuit

CLEVELAND – Nationwide automotive hauling and logistics company Wheeler Trucking, doing business as Wheeler Trucking Inc. and Wheeler Logistics, Inc. will pay $65,000 and furnish equitable relief to settle a race and religion lawsuit filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the agency announced today.

According to the EEOC’s lawsuit, Wheeler subjected Charles R. Lynch, III, a Torah Observant employee at its Sheffield, Ohio, location to discrimination when they revoked his religious accommodation that

June 21, 2024

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Iron Hill Brewery to Pay $115,000 in EEOC Race Discrimination and Retaliation Lawsuit

ATLANTA – Iron Hill Brewery of Buckhead, LLC, and Iron Hill Brewery, LLC, a chain of breweries and restaurants across several states, has agreed to pay $115,000 and furnish other relief to settle a U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) race discrimination and retaliation lawsuit, the federal agency announced today.

The EEOC suit alleged Iron Hill discriminated against an African American employee of its Buckhead, Georgia, location when it fired him because of his race

June 18, 2024

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EEOC Releases Promising Practices for Preventing Harassment in the Construction Industry

WASHINGTON – The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) today released Promising Practices for Preventing Harassment in the Construction Industry, a document that highlights key recommendations industry leaders can take to combat harassment in construction.

EEOC Vice Chair Jocelyn Samuels discussed this document at a roundtable hosted by the White House in which other federal agency leaders, employers, trade unions, and others participated. At the roundtable, companies receiving federal grant funding as part of the

June 18, 2024

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Weis Markets to Pay $75,000 in EEOC Sexual Harassment, Disability Discrimination Suit

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Weis Markets, Inc., will pay $75,000 and furnish other relief to settle a sexual harassment 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, a male supervisor at Weis Markets’ grocery store in Mifflintown, Pennsylvania, subjected a female employee to a sexually hostile work environment that included unwanted physical contact and sexual comments. Another supervisor witnessed some of

June 18, 2024

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Factor One Source Pharmacy to Pay $515,000 to Settle EEOC Disability and Genetic Information Discrimination Suit

DENVER – Factor One Source Pharmacy, LLC, a pharmacy providing specialized pharmacy services to patients requiring complex medications, will pay $515,000 and provide other equitable relief to settle a disability and genetic information discrimination lawsuit brought by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the federal agency announced today.

According to the lawsuit, Factor One violated the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) when it inquired about employee disabilities

June 14, 2024

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EEOC Sues Two Employers for Sex Discrimination

MOBILE, Ala. and CHICAGO – Harmony Hospitality LLC, which operates a Home2 Suites by Hilton hotel in Dothan, Alabama, and LAS Hardwoods, a hardwood flooring company in the Chicago area, violated federal civil rights law when they each discriminated against an employee because of his sexual orientation, gender identity, and/or failure to adhere to gender stereotypes, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) charged in two separate lawsuits filed today.

According to the Alabama lawsuit

June 13, 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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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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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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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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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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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