EEOC Settles Another Discrimination Claim

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Discrimination claims are rising. Just recently another national department store, Dillard’s Inc. (“Dillard’s”),  settled a discrimination lawsuit brought by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) for $70,000.00.

As our readers know, federal law prohibits employers from discriminating against their employees on a multitude of grounds—including race, ethnicity, and pregnancy. In February 2020, the EEOC filed a lawsuit alleging that an employee—a pregnant African American woman—was subject to an adverse employment transfer after she had disclosed to her manager the need for a pregnancy accommodation. Adding insult to injury, the EEOC alleged that following the recall of employees back to work following the store’s COVID-19-related furloughs, this employee was not recalled back to work—and that the employee was fired just months after.

Under an agreement resolving the lawsuit, Dillard’s will pay $70,000.00 in damages to the employee and train its employees in Title VII and retaliation claims—and allow the EEOC to monitor compliance.

The upshot: Employers must be ever vigilant to ensure that they act in accordance with applicable civil rights laws and do not act in a manner that potentially subjects them to litigation. In law, as in life more generally, a cautious, measured approach is often the wisest one to take.

If you have any questions on how to ensure your business is compliant with civil rights laws, please contact us at

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