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Conceived by The Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR) in 2005, October is observed as the month of Conflict Resolution each year. The third Thursday of October is celebrated as Conflict Resolution Day, which falls on the 15th of October this year. The goals of the month are to: Promote awareness of mediation, arbitration, conciliation, and...

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently issued a statement discouraging employees from arguing with customers that do not follow safe COVID-19 protocols (a.k.a. not wearing a mask or observing social distancing rules.) This guidance has arrived in the wake of violent incidents across the United States between employees and customers, coworkers, and...

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A recent Gallup Panel survey reveals that a majority of Black Americans prefer that police spend the same amount of time in their area that they are currently spending, but that quality of police interactions matters. The June 23, 2020 – July 6, 2020 survey included the opinions of over 36,000 people in the United...

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An agriculture retailer in Mississippi was found to have violated federal law when it fired an employee with a medical condition related to his back. This is according to a lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). Details of the Case The EEOC lawsuit claims that the employee was a driver and...

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A hearing was scheduled to address a lawsuit between a suspended Limestone County Schools (LCS) administrator and the Limestone County Board of Education (LCBOE) in Alabama. The hearing, however, was canceled once the court received notification that the parties had come to an agreement through successful mediation. Details of the Case The employee involved in...

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A Florida-based electronic manufacturer was found to have violated federal law in their response to the needs of an employee according to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). Details of the Case Interconnect Cable Technology Corporate (ICTC) reportedly demoted and later discharged an employee after her mental illness lead to hospitalization. The employee in...

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Erickson Living Management, LLC, a Maryland-based company that builds and manages retirement communities in 11 U.S. states is set to pay $151,000 and provide other relief to settle a retaliation lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). Details of the Case The EEOC’s lawsuit claims that Erickson Living’s director of health services,...

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The Oil and Gas Authority (OGA) of the United Kingdom has announced a year-long “mediation pilot” to handle disputes between oil and gas licensees, operators, and infrastructure owners in the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS). The pilot is being rolled out with the intention of testing how effective mediation can be in resolving disputes between these...

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Winter recreation vehicle manufacturer, SnoBear USA, Inc., is set to pay $20,000 in order to settle an equal pay lawsuit. The lawsuit charges that discrimination on the basis of sex blocked the equal pay opportunity of an equally qualified female employee. There are some important takeaways for employers in this case, especially for those working...

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An Ithaca, NY-based manufacturer, Porous Materials, will pay $93,000 in addition to providing other relief to settle a harassment and retaliation lawsuit filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). Details of the Dispute Per the lawsuit filed by the EEOC, Porous Materials cultivated a work environment comprised of sexism, racism, and national origin discrimination...

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