Alabama Ranks 10th in Nation for Most EEOC Filings

A recent study noted that Alabama is 24th nationally in population but had the 10th-most EEOC charges filed. This is a telling statistic that belies the traditional notion that our state is making progress with workplace discrimination. There continues to be substantial evidence that gender, race, age, disability and religious discrimination are growing problems throughout… Read More

Pelham, Alabama Company Pays $50,000 to Settle Gender Discrimination Case

In its lawsuit, the EEOC alleged that Automation Personnel Services subjected Andrea Williams to gender based discrimination. The EEOC alleged that Williams attempted to apply for a shipping-and-receiving position with an employer for whom Automation was recruiting and referring multiple applicants.  Despite being qualified for this position, Automation’s recruiter purportedly refused to interview Williams or consider… Read More

EEOC files lawsuit against Jasper, Alabama Business for Religious Discrimination

The EEOC recently filed a lawsuit on behalf of a nursing assistant at Jasper, Alabama’s Shadescrest Healthcare facility who was allegedly denied the right to wear a hijab in accordance with her faith and ultimately fired over her discrimination complaint.  The lawsuit set forth claims of both religious discrimination and retaliation in violation of Title… Read More

Mississippi Grocery Store to Pay $325,000 to Settle Sexual Harassment Lawsuit

The Birmingham, Alabama office of the EEOC recently announced that a Jackson, Mississippi grocery store has agreed to pay $325,000 to settle a sexual harassment lawsuit filed by the government.  The EEOC reached a settlement agreement with Venture Inc., which operates a Save-A-Lot grocery store in Jackson.  In addition to the monetary settlement, the agreement also… Read More

Dad’s BBQ in Anniston, Alabama Settles Sexual Harassment Claims

The EEOC recently settled allegations of sexual harassment with Coley’s #101, LLC doing business as Dad’s BBQ in Anniston, Alabama.  The company has agreed to pay $91,000 to resolve claims alleged in a sexual harassment lawsuit filed by the EEOC. Dad’s will be monitored by the EEOC for the term of the decree to prevent… Read More

EEOC Files Lawsuit Against Alabama Corporation for Race Discrimination

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission recently filed a lawsuit against Olympia Construction, an Alabama company that develops houses for families and senior citizens  throughout the South. According to the EEOC’s lawsuit, in 2011, the project superintendent and a supervisor at one Olympia Construction’s work sites in Selma, Alabama routinely addressed and referred to its three… Read More

Former Birmingham Health Care Employee Claims Supervisor Forced Her to Have Sexual Relations

A lawsuit with explosive allegations of sexual harassment was recently filed in the Circuit Court of Jefferson County, Alabama.  In the lawsuit, a former high-level employee at Birmingham Health Care claims that her married supervisor forced her to have sex with him, made her wear skimpy clothing, and used sex videos of the couple as blackmail… Read More

What is defined as sexual harassment in the workplace?

We are often asked by individuals across Alabama about what conduct rises to the level of improper sexual harassment in the workplace.  According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, improper gender based harassment can include “sexual harassment” or unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical harassment of a sexual nature.  However,… Read More

Birmingham Store Settles Disabilities Discrimination Lawsuit with EEOC

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently announced that America’s Thrift Stores of Alabama, Inc. agreed to pay $50,000 and furnish other relief to settle a disability discrimination lawsuit.  The EEOC charged that the company violated federal law by refusing to provide an employee with a reasonable accommodation and subsequently firing her because of her… Read More

EEOC Resolves Racial Discrimination Lawsuit Over Clanton, Alabama Concrete Facility

Foley Products Company, a Columbus, Georgia based concrete products company recently settled a race discrimination lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). The EEOC filed the lawsuit against Foley Products in U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama after first attempting to reach a pre-litigation settlement through its conciliation process. The… Read More