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Dillard's to Pay $2 Million to Settle Class Action Disability Bias Lawsuit

December 19, 2012
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The settlement resolves a 2008 lawsuit filed against the Little Rock, Arkansas-based retailer for allegedly using a longstanding national policy and practice of requiring all employees to disclose personal and confidential medical information to obtain sick leave, the EEOC said in a statement Dec. 18.
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Big Lots Settles Sexual Harassment Lawsuit with EEOC for $155,000

November 28, 2012
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The settlement resolves a 2011 lawsuit filed against a Big Lots store in Fort Smith, Arkansas, for allegedly violating Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 after a store manager sexually harassed a class of female employees.
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Employers Struggle to Develop Rules, Policies Around Social Media Misuse: Survey

November 14, 2012
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Best practices for employers navigating social media rules, policies and local and federal regulations include a dedicated and well-communicated policy on social media and a clearly stated policy on social media monitoring in the workplace, which should be limited to business purposes only, according to the survey.
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IHOP Franchisee Settles EEOC Sex Discrimination Lawsuit for $1 Million

November 13, 2012
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After complaints were made about Lee Broadnax's behavior, IHOP failed to take reasonable measures to prevent and promptly correct sexual harassment allegations, according to court documents.
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Fast-Food Franchisee Settles ADA Charges Brought by EEOC

October 11, 2012
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In the suit filed in April against Waco, Texas-based CTW L.L.C., which does business as Wendy's, the EEOC alleged that the company violated the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 by denying job applicant Michael Harrison employment at its Wendy's franchise in Killeen, Texas, after learning of his hearing impairment, the EEOC said Oct. 10 in a statement.
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Former Assistant Football Coach McQueary Files Whistle-Blower Suit Against Penn State

October 3, 2012
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McQueary alleged that Penn State terminated his employment as assistant football coach because of his cooperation with Pennsylvania Attorney General investigators.
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EEOC Sues Texas Restaurant Chain for Pregnancy Discrimination

September 27, 2012
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Maryann Castillo, who worked at Bayou City Wings from 2008 to May 2011 as a server, bartender and manager, was laid off allegedly due to her pregnancy, according to the lawsuit.
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National Origin, Religious Harassment Alleged in EEOC Suit Against UPS

September 13, 2012
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Since 2004, Talal Alfaour, a loader at UPS in San Francisco, allegedly had faced verbal and physical harassment, often referred to by supervisors and co-workers as “Dr. Bomb,” “al-Qaida” and “Taliban,” the EEOC said in a statement.
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SHRM Survey: Fewer Employers Conducting Credit, Criminal Checks of Job Applicants

July 25, 2012
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The survey also found that an applicant's negative credit information is not a barrier to hiring, with 80 percent of the respondents saying they hired an individual with a poor credit report.
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UPS Pilots' Union Says FAA Fatigue Rule Threatens Public Safety

December 22, 2011
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Under the new rule finalized Dec. 21, cargo pilots are exempt from a sweeping overhaul of commercial airline pilot scheduling, where pilots would fly shorter shifts and be given longer rest periods, the FAA said in statement.
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