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According to a Consent Decree entered September 27th, game company Activision Blizzard has agreed to pay $18 million dollars to settle claims brought by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”). This settlement resolves claims of harassment, discrimination and retaliation against the company.You can read a copy of the Consent Decree here.In its lawsuit, the EEOC alleged that

Employees of all Texas companies, regardless of size, are now covered by sexual harassment statutes following amendments to Texas’ state discrimination law, which was implemented this month.The Texas legislature has passed a new law expanding protections for employees who suffer sexual harassment in the workplace. The new law (commonly referred to as SB45), which went into effect earlier this month,

EEOC Charges that San Antonio Critical Care Transportation Company Maintained Hostile Work Environment Based on Sex

Lone Star Ambulance, a San Antonio critical care transportation company, violated federal law by subjecting female employees to sexual harassment, the U.S. Equal Employ­ment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) charged in a lawsuit filed last week. One of the employees was fired in retaliation for complaining about

“Long COVID” may be considered a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act, President Joe Biden said last Monday. “Many Americans who seemingly recover from the virus still face lingering challenges like breathing problems, brain fog, chronic pain and fatigue,” Biden said in a speech marking the 31st anniversary of the statute. “These conditions can sometimes rise to the level

The U.S. Department of Labor plans to rescind a Trump-era regulation on joint employment and an impending regulation on independent contractor use, it said in a March 11 announcement. The joint employment rule took effect in March 2020 and limited employers’ liability under the Fair Labor Standards Act. A federal district court, however, vacated large portions of the rule

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A Wisconsin jury has ordered Walmart to pay more than $125 million in damages over disability discrimination claims brought by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on behalf of a former employee with Down syndrome. (Read a copy of the Verdict Form here.) Marlo Spaeth started working as a sales associate at a Walmart in Manitowoc, Wis.,

Walmart will pay $410,000 to settle a sex harassment suit brought on behalf of a plaintiff in New York State.

According to the lawsuit, from 2014 to 2018 a male employee of Walmart’s store in Geneva, N.Y., regularly made unwelcome sexual comments and advances to female co-workers and touched female co-workers without their consent. The lawsuit alleged that Walmart management

Pregnancy discrimination continues to be a problem in Texas. Last week, Dallas-based Greenhouse Outpatient Center and its parent company, American Addiction Centers, agreed to pay over $146,000 and provide other relief to settle a pregnancy discrimination lawsuit brought against the company. The Dallas rehabilitation center had granted the pregnant employee, a behavioral health technician, a 30-day leave of absence for

A former cashier for a Florida Burger King has been awarded over $2 million by a jury on her claims of disability discrimination against the restaurant franchisee. The employee was employed by the corporate franchisee, called Magic Burger, as a cashier. She had a trachea tube because of a car accident that occurred one year before she started working for

Two days before its effective date, the U.S. Department of Labor has withdrawn a rule that was set to implement a so-called “economic reality” test to determine whether a worker is an employee or independent contractor. The DOL had already delayed the rule, which was originally set to take effect in March. DOL said it withdrew the rule because it