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EMPLOYMENT LAW UPDATE

EEOC charges down but lawsuits rising

By Mike O’Brien bio EEOC data for FY2020 show dip in charges filed The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) released its Fiscal Year 2020 Enforcement and Litigation Data report on Feb. 26, 2021. The EEOC reports that 67,448 charges of discrimination were filed in the fiscal year ending Sept. 30, 2020, compared to 72,675 charges filed in the previous fiscal year. The agency made headway in addressing a backlog of charges, resolving 70,804 charges during FY2020, and securing $439.2 million for victims of discrimination. Continuing the trend of recent years, retaliation was the most commonly-asserted claim, made in 55.8% of all charges. Disability, race, and sex discrimination claims each were asserted in roughly a third of charges filed, at 36.1%, 32.7%, and 31.7%, respectively. Age, national origin, color, and religion… . . . read more

COMPLIANCE

The duty to accommodate the religious beliefs of employees & job applicants

Federal and state laws ban employers from discriminating against employees on the basis of religion. Mere tolerance of…


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BLOG

Employment Law Update: The Weinstein Edition

By Mike O’Brien  bio
Your news feed, like mine, has exploded with references to someone named Harvey Weinstein for the past few weeks. What’s up? Weinstein is a…


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MANAGING THE OFFICE

Compliance quiz: Which employees can you discipline for smoking pot at work?

Your practice is located in Colorado, Washington or another state where recreational and medical marijuana use is legal. But still…


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MANAGING THE OFFICE

8 Traps to Avoid When Investigating a Sexual Harassment Complaint

Sexual harassment is a related problem that all employers must proactively address and prevent. While most managers are well aware of the need for sexual harassment policies…


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