Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Small Businesses, Big Judgments

The Expensive Cost of HR Non-Compliance

The Department of Labor is clear:  human resources compliance is the law for employers of ALL sizes. 

Each month, we compile the financial costs of Human Resources non-compliance for well-meaning small business owners who were ignorant of federal, state, and local employment regulations.   

Early engagement with HR Allies identifies and reduces risk through solid Human Resources foundations that address and comply with employment regulations.

Can your business afford its own six-figure penalty for HR non-compliance?  Read below to see how easily even the best-intentioned small businesses became just another costly headline. 

May 2022:

NY bakery accused of discriminatory hiring to pay $850,000 | Miami Herald

February 2022:

Blue Sky Vision Pays $67,590 to Resolve EEOC Disability Discrimination Suit | U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Ranew’s Management Company to Pay $250,000 to Settle Disability Discrimination Lawsuit | U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (eeoc.gov)

US Department of Labor obtains judgment after investigation finds Michigan company failed to forward retirement contributions | U.S. Department of Labor (dol.gov)

Wellpath Pays $75,000 to End Texas Religious Discrimination Suit (bloomberglaw.com)

January 2022:

Victory Automotive reaches disability lawsuit settlement – Sacramento Business Journal (bizjournals.com)

December 2021:

Louisiana medical center will pay $450K over 100%-healed policy | HR Dive

November 2021:

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Shelley’s Septic Tank to Pay $82,500 to Settle EEOC Same-Sex Sexual Harassment and Retaliation Suit | U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Employer Solutions Group to Pay $95,000 to Settle EEOC Disability Discrimination and Retaliation Suit | U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

October 2021:

Grocery chain pays $280,000 to settle deaf job applicants’ EEOC claims | Reuters

Activision Blizzard Settles Sex Discrimination and Harassment Claims for $18M | News | Tools | XpertHR.com

September 2021:

Federal court orders Massachusetts pizza restaurants, owner to pay $307K in back wages, damages to 14 employees after investigation, litigation | U.S. Department of Labor (dol.gov)

July 2021:

Lonza America to Pay $150,000 to Settle EEOC Disability Lawsuit | U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Pediatric Healthcare Alliance to Pay $50,000 to Settle EEOC Retaliation Lawsuit | U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

June 2021:

Engie Services to Pay $125,000 to Settle EEOC Same-Sex and Race Harassment Lawsuit | U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

JBS Swift to Pay up to $5.5 Million to Settle EEOC Race and Religious Discrimination Claim at Greeley Plant | U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Ryder, Staffing Firm Settle Race Bias Suit for $2 Million (1) (bloomberglaw.com)

May 2021:

Jury orders Burger King franchisee to pay $2M to worker with trachea tube | HR Dive

Logisticare Solutions, LLC to Pay $120,000 to Settle EEOC Pregnancy Discrimination Lawsuit | U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Wild Fork Foods to Pay $130k to Settle EEOC Suit for National Origin / Race Harassment and Retaliation | U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

April 2021:

El Vallarta Restaurants to Pay $85,000 to Teen Harassed by Supervisor | U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (eeoc.gov)

March 2021:

Allied Universal to Pay $110,000 to Settle EEOC Pregnancy Discrimination Lawsuit | U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Flower Mound Medical Practice to Pay $375,000 After Judgment in EEOC Title VII Lawsuit | U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Rather than pay about $2,000 to install automatic doors, an employer loses a $650K disability discrimination verdict instead

ual Harassment and Retaliation Lawsuit | U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission