7th Circ. Declines To Limit EEOC's Investigative Power

By Cara Bayles (August 15, 2017, 9:31 PM EDT) -- The Seventh Circuit ruled Tuesday that the termination of a private lawsuit against Union Pacific Railroad Co. didn't bar the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission from investigating the allegations, finding the EEOC was the "master of its case" and could separately ensure the complaint wasn't indicative of companywide discrimination.

The panel upheld a Wisconsin federal court's ruling that the EEOC's request for company documents was in line with the commission's public interest role in preventing employment discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The statute lays out "minimal" requirements for filing a charge and what a charge...

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