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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The law firm of Seyfarth Shaw LLP has released its annual report on U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) legal activities and court rulings entitled EEOC-Initiated Litigation: Case Law Developments In 2015 And Trends To Watch For In 2016 (Preview) that offers the most definitive source of analysis focusing exclusively on EEOC-related litigation. To download the complete report, click here.

Authored by Seyfarth lawyers Gerald L. Maatman, Jr., Christopher J. DeGroff, and Matthew Gagnon, the report compiles, analyzes, and categorizes the major case filings and decisions that significantly changed the landscape of EEOC-initiated litigation in the EEOC’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2015. The report, which comes near the end of the EEOC 2013-2016 Strategic Enforcement Plan (“SEP”), is arranged in four main parts:

  • Part I is structured as a “Corporate Counsel’s Guide to EEOC Litigation: Developments in FY2015” and addresses important developments in FY2015 as they relate to each stage of an EEOC enforcement action.
  • Part II provides a broad overview of the substantive theories that the EEOC has focused on in FY2015, paying particular attention to how those theories relate to the enforcement priorities set out in the SEP.
  • Part III looks at what may be on the horizon for EEOC litigation, including the strategic use of high-profile “systemic” cases that address policies with a broad impact on a region, industry, or classes of employees or job applicants.
  • Part IV contains every significant court decision that in 2015 regarding EEOC-initiated litigation categorized according to subject matter so as to provide practitioners with an easy reference manual for those decisions.

In addition, the “Industry-By-Industry” section of Seyfarth’s EEOC-Initiated Litigation report collects the number and types of filings affecting particular industries, and analyzes what this reveals about those industries going into 2016. The breakdown of EEOC filings by industry in FY2015 was Hospitality (34), Healthcare (31), Business Services (25), Manufacturing (20), Retail (19), and Construction and Natural Resources (14).

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