High Court Fee Ruling May Put Onus On EEOC To Conciliate

By Vin Gurrieri (May 19, 2016, 9:45 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Thursday that businesses sued by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission for discrimination don't necessarily have to win on the merits to chase fees, a finding management-side attorneys say could force the agency to try harder to settle claims before filing lawsuits.

In a unanimous ruling penned by Justice Anthony Kennedy, the high court vacated the Eighth Circuit's decision that trucking company CRST Van Expedited Inc. was not entitled to nearly $5 million in fees from the EEOC in the agency's unsuccessful suit alleging widespread sexual harassment.

The justices found that a defendant doesn't need to obtain a...

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