Court Forces EEOC to Pay $4.5 Million in Fees and Expenses

Good news for employers coming from the state of Iowa. The EEOC is required to pay $4.5 million in fees to defendant in a Title VII sexual harassment complaint. The federal district court in Iowa found that the Title VII claim filled by the EEOC was meritless and warranted reimbursement of fees and expenses because the EEOC failed to investigate or conciliate individual harassment claims. The court summarized the EEOC’s strategy as “sue first, ask questions later”, stating that this lawsuit “imposed an unnecessary burden” upon the employer.

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