EEOC-Initiated Litigation - 2023 Edition

20 | EEOC-INITIATED LITIGATION: 2023 EDITION ©2023 Seyfarth Shaw LLP KEY CASES FILED IN FY 2022 EEOC v. Supreme Staffing LLC, 2:22-cv-2668 (W.D. Tenn.) The EEOC filed a lawsuit on behalf of a class of African American job applicants and employees alleging that Supreme Staffing engaged in a pattern or practice of race discrimination in violation of Title VII. According to the EEOC, the defendant staffing company maintained a practice of discriminating against African Americans individuals in terms of both job referrals and the desirability and compensation associated with African American employees’ job placements. Additionally, the EEOC claimed that Supreme Staffing failed to preserve relevant records as required by Title VII. EEOC v. Ranger Tool and Die Inc., 3:22-cv-247 (E.D. Ark.) The EEOC filed a Complaint against industrial tool shop Ranger Tool and Die asserting claims for a sexually hostile work environment and retaliation pursuant to Title VII. More specifically, the EEOC claimed that a company employee subjected two female co-workers to a pattern of inappropriate sexual conduct. Furthermore, the EEOC asserted that these two female employees–as well as a male co-worker–raised complaints about the alleged sexual harassment, and that in response, Ranger Tool and Die terminated all three employees. KEY SETTLEMENTS SECURED IN FY 2022 EEOC v. MedicOne Medical Response of Tennessee, Inc., 3:20-cv-00912 (M.D. Tenn.) The defendant ambulance services company settled a Title VII lawsuit with the EEOC for $450,000. According to the EEOC, MedicOne managers subjected a class of female paramedics to a sexually hostile work environment and retaliated against one paramedic for filing a complaint. In addition to the monetary payment, the parties’ four-year consent decree required MedicOne to revise its sexual harassment policy, host an annual sexual harassment training, and provide semi-annual reports to the EEOC regarding its compliance with the decree. EEOC Memphis District Office DISTRICT PROFILE Director: Edmond C. Sims (Acting) Regional Attorney: Faye Williams Merit Cases Filed in FY 2022: 3 (8th) Average Days Between Determination Letter & Failure to Conciliate: 41 Average Days Between Failure to Conciliate & Complaint: 42 Average Days Between Determination Letter & Complaint: 83 AR MS TN Memphis