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Court Affirms Dismissal of EEOC Class Suit,
But Nixes Employer’s $4.5 Million Fee Award

Feb. 23, 2012, 5:00 AM

A federal district court properly dismissed the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s purported sexual harassment class action on behalf of some 67 female tractor-trailer drivers under Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act when EEOC failed to investigate or attempt to conciliate those women’s claims before filing suit, a divided U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit ruled Feb. 22 (EEOC v. CRST Van Expedited Inc.).

Partially affirming summary judgment for CRST Van Expedited Inc., the court said EEOC “wholly failed” to comply with Section 706 of Title VII by failing to investigate the purported class members’...

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