Workers Receive over $520 Million in FY18

Posted by Cheryl Boyer, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, Vice President of Client Services on November 21 2018

In their fiscal year 2018 reports, the EEOC and OFCCP report combined monetary settlements of $521 million to victims of workplace discrimination. It was reported that $505 million in funds were paid to settle EEOC complaints, benefiting almost 68,000 people. An additional $16.4 million was paid to 12,000 workers based on findings by the OFCCP, primarily in the area of compensation violations.

Confirmed and Anticipated Changes for the 2020 Census and Beyond

Posted by Sonia Chapin, SPHR, SHRM-SCP on October 8 2018

It is almost time for the decennial census. While this survey of the American population is no longer used specifically in Affirmative Action Plans, some area of controversy surrounding the Census may make their way into the requirements for federal contractors—or at least for employers as the workforce continues to become more diverse. While this post discusses possible changes, it’s important to note nothing is final as of this writing, as at least six lawsuits are currently challenging the 2020 census form.

Hope Solo Strikes Again at the Women’s Pay Gap

Posted by Suzanne Keys, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, HR Consultant on August 31 2018

Hope Solo, a former goalkeeper for the U.S. women’s national soccer team, has filed a lawsuit in California Federal Court against the U.S. Soccer Federation for violating the Equal Pay Act.

Hotel to Pay $2.5 Million to Settle EEOC Lawsuit

Posted by Kelly Andrews, PHR, SHRM-CP on August 3 2018

The SLS Hotel, operating in Miami Florida, has agreed to pay $2.5 million in a recent settlement brought about by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). The lawsuit alleges that black Haitian dishwashers were wrongfully terminated based on their race, color, and national origin. A staffing agency then filled the positions, in turn creating a workforce of predominately Hispanics with light or fair skin. Hotel and nightlife company SBE operates the SLS Hotel. SBE operates hotels and restaurants located both domestically and internationally. The company prides itself on creating an extraordinary experience for the community throughout each of its proprietary brands, according to its mission statement.

Cosmetics Maker Settles Sex Discrimination Lawsuit

Posted by Michiko Clark, Associate HR Consultant on August 1 2018

The EEOC recently announced a settlement with the cosmetics maker Estée Lauder for $1.1 million. The cosmetic giant was charged with discriminating against male employees by providing less paid leave and related benefits after the birth or adoption of a new child, than what was provided to female employees.

Did you know July 25 and July 26 are special days in the world of Affirmative Action?

Posted by Lauren Buerger on July 20 2018

July 25 is National Hire a Veteran Day! Sponsored by Hire Our Heroes, National Hire a Veteran Day honors our servicemen and women as they enter the nonmilitary workforce. While federal contractors are encouraged to consider Veterans throughout the year, Hire Our Heroes is holding a virtual career fair on National Hire a Veteran Day for all Veterans trained in various skills.

EEOC Commemorates the 50th Anniversary of the Age Discrimination in Employment Act

Posted by Sonia Chapin, SPHR, SHRM-SCP on July 2 2018

Last week, the EEOC issued a study of the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), which implemented in June 1968. The ADEA was among the latter pieces of legislation addressing civil rights for employees in the 1960s.

The EEOC finds the ADEA has eliminated overt age discrimination, however, it remains common—described as an “open secret”—across industries and geographic regions of the US. The report takes aim at false assumptions about older workers, particularly regarding the diversity, education, and work ethic of the older generation.

9th Circ. Rules Prior Salary Can’t Justify Wage Differential between Opposite Sex Employees

Posted by Andrea Csordas, SPHR, SHRM-CP on April 25 2018

In a closely-watched case, on April 9, the Ninth Circuit held in an en banc decision that “prior salary alone or in combination with other factors cannot justify wage differential” between employees of the opposite sex under the federal Equal Pay Act.

EEO-1 Deadline Extended to June 1, 2018

Posted by Cheryl Boyer, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, Vice President of Client Services on April 23 2018

The filing deadline for the 2017 EEO-1 report has been extended to Friday, June 1, 2018. Employers initially had until March 31, 2018, to file the report also known as the Employer Information Report. The EEOC’s website has been updated to confirm the extension and can be found at

Ongoing Legal Challenges for OMB’s Decision to Suspend Compensation Reporting on the EEO-1

Posted by Brian LaCour on March 30 2018

Two civil rights organizations, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and the National Women’s Law Center, have filed a lawsuit seeking to compel a response to a Freedom of Information Act request made in late 2017 to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). The records request is in response to the OMB’s settlement to rescind requirements of the EEOC decision to collect pay data from employers as part of the EEO-1 report. The revisions to the EEO-1 would have required private employers with 100 or more employees to report employee W-2 earnings data by race and ethnicity, sex, and job category.