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.
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, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 https://www.eeoc.gov/employers/reporting.cfm.
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.