EEOC-Initiated Litigation - 2023 Edition

26 | EEOC-INITIATED LITIGATION: 2023 EDITION ©2023 Seyfarth Shaw LLP KEY CASES FILED IN FY 2022 EEOC v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc., 2:22-cv-2258 (D. Kan.) The EEOC filed suit against retailer Hobby Lobby asserting a claim for disability discrimination pursuant to the ADA. More specifically, the EEOC alleged that Hobby Lobby refused to grant a clerk’s accommodation request of having her service dog present to assist with her anxiety, depression, and PTSD. Since the clerk at issue could not work without her service dog, she stopped reporting to work. Hobby Lobby then terminated her for job abandonment, an action which the EEOC also labeled as a form of disability discrimination. EEOC v. Landmark Dodge, Inc., 4:22-cv-614 (W.D. Mo.) The EEOC sued Landmark Dodge alleging that the Missouri-based car dealership engaged in a pattern of sex discrimination and retaliation in violation of Title VII. To that end, the EEOC claimed that Landmark Dodge separated its sales and office employees according to sex by hiring only men for sales jobs and only women for office jobs. The EEOC also asserted that, when two female employees opposed this supposed practice, the car dealership subjected them to a hostile work environment and forced them to resign in retaliation for their complaints. KEY SETTLEMENTS SECURED IN FY 2022 N/A EEOC St. Louis District Office DISTRICT PROFILE Director: David Davis (Acting) Regional Attorney: Andrea Baran Merit Cases Filed in FY 2022: 4 (T-7th) Average Days Between Determination Letter & Failure to Conciliate: 95 Average Days Between Failure to Conciliate & Complaint: 226 Average Days Between Determination Letter & Complaint: 321 NE KS OK MO IL St. Louis