Sunday, 09 March 2008 18:00

ALERT: EEOC Claims Increasing

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2007 EEOC discrimination charges jumped to highest level in five years

The US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) reported a total of 82,792 private sector discrimination charges were filed in fiscal year 2007. This is the highest volume of incoming charges since 2002, and the largest annual increase (9%) since the early 1990s, according to the federal agency's enforcement and litigation statistics.

Thursday, 10 December 2009 17:00

New EEOC and Colorado Minimum Wage Posters

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New Posters

Effective November 21, 2009 ALL employers are required to post the new Equal Employer Opportunity Poster.  This notice now includes Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008(GINA), which prohibits genetic information discrimination in employment.

Effective January 1, 2010 all Colorado employers are required to post the new Colorado Minimum Wage Order Poster. This notice explains what rights and protections employees have under the Colorado Minimum Wage Order, including minimum wage, work periods and overtime.  If you have any questions regarding the application of this Order please contact StaffScapes. 

This year there was a reduction in the Colorado State Minimum wage to $7.24 per hour.  Since the Federal Minimum wage of $7.25 per hour is greater, $7.25 will be the rate that must be used as minimum pay.

StaffScapes provides clients with all of your required posters, and notification of these changes.  If you have any questions or need posters please contact Lora Manternach at 303-466-7864.

Good news for employers coming from the state of Iowa. The EEOC is required to pay $4.5 million in fees to defendant in a Title VII sexual harassment complaint. The federal district court in Iowa found that the Title VII claim filled by the EEOC was meritless and warranted reimbursement of fees and expenses because the EEOC failed to investigate or conciliate individual harassment claims. The court summarized the EEOC’s strategy as “sue first, ask questions later”, stating that this lawsuit “imposed an unnecessary burden” upon the employer.

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Wednesday, 01 February 2012 17:00

Sexual Harassment EEOC update

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11,364.  That’s the number of new charges that were filed regarding Sexual Harassment with the EEOC (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission) in 2011.  Of the 11,364 cases, 16.3% were filed by males. In 2011,the EEOC paid out $52.3 million is monetary benefits to claimants, and this number does not include awards provided through litigation.  

During the past year, the EEOC resolved 12,571 cases and settled 1,367 that reflected current as well as pending cases from previous years.  How did the cases last year resolve?  761 were found to be credible while 6,658 were closed citing no reasonable cause.  1,150 resolved their claims with benefits and 2,635 were closed by Administration. Conciliations, both successful and unsuccessful resulted in 761 of total claims.  In total, 205,996 cases have been filed since 1997. 

Keep in mind that these numbers only reflect cases that are filed with the EEOC.  There are thousands of situations that occur in which the victim does not report the incident nor feels safe in informing others of the occurrence.  Sexual Harassment is just one of the many forms of unwanted behaviors towards employees and in some cases employers.  It is also preventable. At StaffScapes, we encourage you to create a policy detailing a no tolerance stance on Sexual Harassment and indicate the consequence for this non-accepted behavior can and will include corrective action up to and including termination. We also recommend providing training sessions with all employees so they can better understand the policy and how Sexual Harassment is defined in the workplace.

Should an issue with Sexual Harassment lead to corrective action and or termination, StaffScapes has written a whitepaper to provide some direction.  Our “Avoiding a Termination Lawsuit whitepaper” can be a great resource to answer some general questions.  

To learn how this and other suggested and required policies can be implemented within your workplace as well as how StaffScapes can help you with your Human Resources, please call us at 303-466-7864 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..   StaffScapes is a Professional Employer Organization that has been serving small businesses since 1996 with all of their human resource and payroll requirements, including areas such as workplace safety, benefits, employee relations, payroll and workers’ compensation.