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EEOC Issues New Guidance on Mental Health Conditions

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently posted a new "Workplace Rights" document for  employees and job applicants with mental-health conditions.

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Customer Harassment is Unlawful – and the Employer is Liable

In December 2016, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) won a major victory for employees in EEOC v. Costco Wholesale Corp., especially those working in the service industry.  Importantly, the case underscores the fact that all employees are entitled to a safe, secure and fair workplace free of sexual harassment, including harassment by customers that an employer is aware of and fails to remedy.

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EEOC Achievements in 2016 Highlighted by Discrimination Resolutions

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently released its 2016 Fiscal Year (FY) Performance Report. The report outlines the EEOC’s accomplishments in FY 2016, which ran from October 1, 2015, to September 30, 2016.

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Lebau & Neuworth Files Lawsuit for Employment Discrimination Case against Verizon

Attorneys at Lebau & Neuworth filed a lawsuit against Verizon on behalf of a victim of employment discrimination by the company. In this case, our client worked for Verizon for nearly two decades as a cable splicing technician and was discriminated against because of his religion and retaliated against because he reported the discrimination.

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Discipline After Complaints Of Discrimination Can Establish Retaliation Claims

Recently in Williams v. Ricoh Ams., the Federal District Court in Virginia made an important ruling in favor of employees who exercise their rights under anti-discrimination statutes. In the case, Mr. Williams, a 58 year-old African American male, was successfully employed by the defendant employer, Ricoh Americas Corporation, for 13 years.

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Client With Disability Receives Justice Through The EEOC

Patricia Bonds, a client of Lebau & Neuworth, worked as a food clerk at Safeway's Westminster, Maryland, store when she sustained a work-related injury that substantially limited her ability to lift. Although Safeway initially accommodated Bonds' disability by reassigning her to work at the customer service desk, the store abruptly placed her on indefinite unpaid leave, claiming that she had exhausted her time limits for modified duty.

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The Future of the Battle Against Discrimination Through the Eyes of the EEOC

Posted on October 31, 2016 in Discrimination & Harassment, Employee Rights

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently approved a Strategic Enforcement Plan (SEP), which sets the EEOC’s priorities for the next five years. This gives insight into what actions the EEOC will consider over the next few years to help combat continued discrimination in the workplace.

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Living with a Disability Through the Americans With Disabilities Act

We owe much of this progress to the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990 and the laws that led up to it. Starting in the 1960s, a broad disability rights movement encouraged legislation and policy that gradually desegregated the institutions and spaces that had kept disabled people out and barred them from exercising the privileges and obligations of full citizenship.

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Discrimination Update: Increased Penalty for Violating EEOC’s Posting Rule

Posted on August 15, 2016 in Discrimination & Harassment, Employee Rights

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) has issued a Final Rule increasing the maximum penalty for covered employers who violate the notice posting provisions of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (“Title VII”), the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) or the Genetic Information Non-Discrimination Act (“GINA”).

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Federal Contractor Employees have New Sex Discrimination Guidelines

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) issued its Final Rule to update sex discrimination guidelines for federal government contractors. The Final Rule became effective on August 15, 2016.

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