by Pamela Kovacs, Esq., Gray Plant Mooty, Minneapolis
Recent EEOC lawsuits should serve as a call to action for employers to check on the language in their separation agreements. In the past several months, the EEOC has sued a number of employers alleging that their separation agreements are overly broad and unlawfully interfere with an employee’s right to file charges of discrimination and participate in EEOC investigations.
To stay out of the EEOC’s cross-hairs, carefully review your separation agreements and revise any language that could be seen by the EEOC as too broad.
The CVS case
The EEOC’s increased scrutiny of separation agreements became evident when its Chicago District Office filed a “pattern or practice” lawsuit against the CVS drug store chain in February. (EEOC v. CVS Pharmacy, Inc., No. 14-CV-863 N.D. IL, 2014). In the lawsuit, the EEOC alleges that CVS uses a form agreement that is overly broad and unenfo...(register to read more)