On Wednesday, April 29, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its unanimous decision in Mach Mining LLC v. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, addressing the issue of the level of judicial review allowed regarding the EEOC’s duty to conciliate charges of discrimination prior to litigation. We have discussed this decision in this blog from its early stages (here, here, […]

In February 2014, the EEOC filed suit in Illinois federal court against CVS Pharmacy, Inc. alleging that the company’s separation agreements constituted a pattern or practice of unlawfully discouraging employees from exercising their rights under Title VII of the Civil Rights of 1964 to communicate with the EEOC or to file discrimination claims.  The EEOC’s […]

The Americans with Disabilities Act requires employers to make reasonable accommodations for employees with disabilities.  This process requires that employers and employees engage in an interactive process to discuss potential reasonable accommodations.  The interactive process requires an informal dialogue between the employer and the employee in which the parties discuss reasonable accommodations for an employee’s […]

Under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, employers are required to accommodate employees’ religious beliefs. Two recent cases demonstrate the importance of recognizing when religious accommodations might be necessary. In March 2014, the EEOC published guidance on religious garb and grooming in the workplace. The guidance states that an employee does not […]

On Tuesday, January 13, 2015, the United States Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Mach Mining LLC v. EEOC, 13-1019, the outcome of which will have a significant effect on the EEOC conciliation process and a case we have posted on this blog previously.  The dispute revolves around whether — and to what extent — […]

On December 3, 2014, the United States Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in Peggy Young v. United Parcel Service Inc., No. 12-1226, and the outcome could have a significant impact on employers and their pregnant employees. Peggy Young was a UPS delivery driver. She went out on leave for in vitro fertilization and, when […]

In the midterm elections on Tuesday, November 4, 2014, the Republican Party gained a majority in the U.S. Senate. Now with control of both the House and the Senate, it is likely that the GOP will introduce legislation in an attempt to stop many of the current administration’s employment agendas. Although President Obama maintains veto […]

On July 14, 2014, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunities Commission (“EEOC”) issued updated enforcement guidance regarding the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (“PDA”) and the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) as they apply to pregnant workers. The EEOC’s guidance discusses a number of issues related to pregnancy discrimination and other pregnancy related issues and provides insight into […]

On March 6, 2014, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission announced that it released two new publications addressing religious dress and grooming rights and responsibilities in the workplace under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII), in response to an increased number of religious discrimination charges filed with the agency. The EEOC […]

In July, the Employment LawScene™ advised our readers that a federal district court granted the EEOC’s motion to seek an interlocutory appeal before the Seventh Circuit as to whether the EEOC’s alleged failure to conciliate prior to commencing suit is subject to judicial review in the form of an implied affirmative defense to the EEOC’s […]