EEOC Settles First Sexual Orientation Discrimination Suit

Law360, New York (June 23, 2016, 4:23 PM EDT) -- A packaging supply company hit with one of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s first lawsuits accusing employers of gender bias for discriminating against employees over their sexual orientation must pay a former employee nearly $200,000 and donate $20,000 to the Human Rights Campaign, according to a settlement filed Thursday.

Pallet Cos., which does business as IFCO Systems NA, agreed to pay Yolanda Boone $7,200 in back pay and $175,000 in nonpecuniary compensatory damages, according to the consent decree in Maryland federal court, but did not admit to the EEOC’s allegations of illegal discrimination under Title VII. In addition to the...

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