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EEOC files eight lawsuits in one day – September 22, 2017


Prevalent theme of lawsuits is disability discrimination, sexual harassment and retaliation

Yesterday was a busy day for EEOC as they filed lawsuits against the following companies.

  1. EEOC v. Lakeshore Sport and Fitness – sexual harassment and retaliation.  EEOC alleges that the gym subjected female employees to unwanted touching and sexual advances and fired an employee in retaliation for her complaints. 
  2. EEOC v. Gulf Logistics – disability discrimination. EEOC alleges that a deckhand with “situational depression” was discharged when the company perceived him to be disabled even though he was able to perform the essential function of his job without any restrictions. The company failed to do an intensive individualized assessment of his mental impairment.
  3. EEOC v. Rivers Casino – disability discrimination. EEOC alleges that the company denied an employee’s request for additional leave to get cancer treatment and then fired him.
  4. EEOC v. IHOP – sexual harassment and retaliation. EEOC alleges that several franchisees in Nevada and New York failed to prevent and correct ongoing sexual harassment and retaliation. The defendants were subjected to hostile work environment based on sex.  When the employees complained, their hours were reduced and they were terminated.
  5. EEOC v. Driven Fence – race discrimination. EEOC alleges that the fence installation company created a hostile work environment of using racial epithets and the hanging of a noose.  The company was aware of the harassment and took no action to stop it.  
  6. EEOC v. Wood Group – disability discrimination.  EEOC alleges that the global offshore company denied employment to an offshore worker because of his type 1 insulin-dependent diabetes.  The employee had worked on the same platform as a Production Operator for many months without incident.
  7. EEOC v. Hertz – disability discrimination. EEOC alleges that Hertz refused to hire the most qualified candidate for a sales position because he uses a cane.  
  8. EEOC v. Rosebud Restaurants – sexual and racial harassment.  EEOC alleges that the restaurants subjected a server to sexual harassment and then fired her for complaining and objecting to African-American employees being subjected to racial slurs. 
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