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New risk: EEOC now suing over small claims

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Patrick DiDomenico

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in Centerpiece,Employment Law,Human Resources

For years now, when the EEOC has decided to haul employers into court, it has focused on bringing one of two kinds of cases:

  • Cases that test the agency’s new or novel interpretation of laws that it enforces, or
  • Cases in which its investigation reveals a widespread pattern of discrimination or harassment affecting many workers.

Employers haven’t worried as much about being sued by the EEOC in smaller, less unique cases in which workers had to rely on finding an attorney willing to take their case. As a practical matter, if cases were worth a few thousands to a few tens of thousands, it was unlikely the employee would find a willing lawyer.

But that’s all changing. The EEOC is increasingly taking on more run-of-the-mill discrimination cases on behalf of employees who would otherwise have to represent themselves or give up on the idea of recovering anything for the alleged harassment or bias.

In fact, the EEOC ...(register to read more)

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David m Franklin May 22, 2019 at 5:20 am

This has been the biggest issue attorneys not wanted to take the cases especially after all of the requisites to get in front of a judge takes at least a year

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