EEOC Must Pay Attys' Fees From Tossed Propak Bias Suit

Law360, Los Angeles (March 25, 2014, 7:15 PM EDT) -- A Fourth Circuit panel on Tuesday upheld a $189,000 attorneys’ fees award against the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in a class action that accused Propak Logistics Inc. of refusing to hire non-Hispanics, agreeing that the suit was moot when it was filed.

Judge Barbara Milano Keenan, writing for the unanimous panel, found that the EEOC took six years to investigate and eventually file a complaint against Propak. By then, the Arkansas-based shipping and warehouse company had closed the facility at issue, depriving the EEOC of...
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