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EEOC Targets Mandatory Arbitration Agreements in Lawsuit against Restaurant Franchisee

A Florida company that owns franchise restaurants, such as Applebee’s and Panera Bread, has been sued by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) for making its employees sign mandatory arbitration agreements. 

7-11 Franchisee Should Have Quit The First Day

Baher Albarqawi had a really bad first week: former employees stole $50k in money orders the first day, and on the third day he was robbed at gunpoint.

Tattoos and Piercings Still Viewed Negatively in the Workplace

In my 2011 article The Employee with the Dragon Tattoo< I addressed some of the employment law issues facing employers as new generations of employees enter the workplace. While tattoos have become more mainstream, particularly among members of Generations “Y” and “Z”, this type of self-expression is unlikely to be an asset in career advancement.

EEOC Files Suit over Employer Use of Criminal Background Checks

In an opening salvo following its recently revised enforcement guidelines, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) has filed suit against two major employers, a national retail chain and an international automobile manufacturer. It alleges the companies used criminal background checks to disproportionately exclude African-Americans from their workforces.

Surge in ADA Disability Lawsuits to Continue in 2013 with Restaurant and Foodservice Employers in Crosshairs

For 2013, food service employers can expect a continued aggressive approach from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) as to violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) in the restaurant industry.  The significant increase of ADA charges and lawsuits by the EEOC and private claimants, which began in early 2012, shows little sign of abating in the new year.

EEOC Announces Targeted Enforcement Efforts in the Workplace

In the aftermath of the election, all employers should be mindful of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s ("EEOC") recently announced Strategic Enforcement Plan ("SEP") for 2013 – 2016.

Settlement of EEOC Lawsuit Against Wendy's Franchisee Offers Lesson

A Wendy’s franchisee’s settlement this week of an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) lawsuit, brought under the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”), highlights both the increased aggressiveness of the federal agency toward fast food restaurants as well the need for employers to engage in an interactive process with job applicants and employees to make reasonable accommodations under the ADA.

Employers Must Engage Interactive Process for Disabled Employees

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month. There's no better time to remember how vital it is that employers engage in an interactive process with employees who have a disability.

Jailhouse Blues: The Potential Pitfalls of Employee Criminal Background Checks

In a lifetime of crime, Willie Sutton robbed banks of almost $2,000,000.00. From 1934 through 1947 he was one of the nation’s most successful bank robbers. He made the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted list in 1950, after escaping from prison disguised in a prison guard’s uniform.

EEOC Warns Employers Using Criminal Records in Making Employment Decisions

On April 25, 2012, the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ("EEOC") issued revised enforcement guidance on the extent to which employers may rely on an individual’s criminal history in making hiring or other employment selection decisions.