The United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has announced that its lawsuit against hair salon Jamison Shaw Inc has settled for US$27,500. The EEOC commenced proceedings against the hair salon after receiving a complaint from a former employee hairdresser of the salon. The EEOC alleges that the employee's position was terminated after she complained to her employer that she was being discriminated against when her employer refused to accommodate her scoliosis condition. The basis of the EEOC's lawsuit was that the employer discriminated against the employee, and retaliated against her for complaining about the discrimination, in breach of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended.
EEOC's media release (11 March 2015)
(Source: EEOC; Department of Justice)
The United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has announced that its lawsuit against car dealership Lafontaine Cadillac Buick GMC Inc. has settled for US$75,000. The EEOC brought the lawsuit against the car dealership on the basis that it had subjected an employee to a racially hostile work environment. EEOC trial attorney Dale Price said that "[t]he right of an employee to be free from harassment based on race or color is central to ensuring equal employment opportunity".
EEOC's media release (11 March 2015)
The United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has announced that its lawsuit against juice manufacturer and distributor Gregory Packaging has settled for US$125,000. The EEOC asserted and Gregory Packaging admitted that the company had terminated the employment of a worker because of his HIV status, in contravention of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended.
EEOC's media release (13 March 2015)
(Source: EEOC; US Department of Justice)
Scotland's prosecution service the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS) has announced that SW Global Resourcing has pleaded guilty to "a breach of [the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 c. 37 (UK)] which resulted in the death of an employee at [a water viaduct] in 2010".
The New Zealand Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) has announced that Maruia Springs Thermal Resort has "agreed to pay wages to employees it did not pay during work trials". According to the MBIE, the business:
The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs in the United States Department of Labor (OFCCP) has announced that Great Plains Coca-Cola Bottling has agreed to pay US$475,000 in back wages and interest to settle allegations that it "unfairly rejected [1,293 qualified female job seekers] for merchandiser, driver, driver trainee, production and warehouse positions at the company's bottling and distribution facility".
The Australian Office of the Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) has made available the following enforcement-related media releases:
The United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has announced that Famous Chicken of Shreveport has agreed to pay US$25,000 and provide other relief to settle charges that the Popeye's Chicken franchisee "unlawfully den[ied] employment to an HIV-positive applicant because of his disability at a Longview, Texas [Popeye's Chicken] location".
The United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has announced that Holly Manor Center Nursing Home (Holly Manor) is to pay US$75,000 and provide other relief to settle charges that it "unlawfully rescind[ed] a job offer to an applicant because he is deaf".
The United Kingdom Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) has published Employer guide - time off to accompany a pregnant woman to ante-natal appointments (September 2014), advising that "[f]rom 1 October 2014, ... the partner of a pregnant woman ... will be entitled to take unpaid time off work to attend antenatal appointments with their partner".
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