If you're reading about more employers getting hit with discrimination lawsuits in the past few weeks, it's not a random trend. We are deep into what's called the "Red Zone," the last quarter of the fiscal year (ending Sept. 30) in which the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission traditionally files more lawsuits than any other period.
Last year, the EEOC hit employers with 175 of its 261 lawsuits (67%) during the Red Zone period. Also, a record number of employees filed discrimination complaits with the EEOC last year, and that trend is expected ot continue.
The Seyfarth Shaw law firm says some of the signals that the EEOC is clearly in its "hunting season" are accelerated EEOC activity to resolve admin charges across the country and aggressive attempts to schedule and complete settlement talks. Like a business, EEOC investigators often have numbers they're trying to reach by the end of the year ... and unlucky employers m...(register to read more)