November 16, 2017 Articles

EEOC Trial Tactics Lead to Massive Sanctions Award

By Sidney O. Minter

After more than 10 years of protracted litigation brought by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), including a stop at the U.S. Supreme Court, an Iowa federal district court recently upheld an award of nearly $2 million in attorney fees in favor of CRST Van Expedited. The court criticized the EEOC's practice of presenting a moving target while prosecuting a Title VII class action, holding that most of the sexual harassment claims brought on behalf of nearly 78 claimants were "frivolous, groundless, or unreasonable." What can employers learn from this decision?

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