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7th Circ. OKs EEOC Probe Despite Settlement

Law360 (January 26, 2009, 12:00 AM EST) -- A federal appeals court has ruled that the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission can go forward with an investigation against now-defunct Watkins Motor Lines Inc., even though the company has settled with the person whose discrimination charge prompted the investigation.

“Once [a charge] has been filed, the EEOC rather than the employee determines how the investigation proceeds,” Chief Judge Frank H. Easterbrook of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit ruled Friday.

The charge in question was filed by Lyndon Jackson, who was turned...
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