EEOC Ordered to Pay $4.7 M in Attorney Fees and Costs

In connection to our recent blog on the dismissal of EEOC’s claim against Freeman Co., we would like to bring to your attention another recent case where the EEOC’s claims were dismissed.  In EEOC v. CRST Van Expedited, Inc. (Case No. 07-cv-95), the Northern District of Iowa dismissed 65 of the EEOC’s 67 claims finding that the EEOC failed to investigate or attempt to conciliate the individual claims. Based on the EEOA which allows a prevailing defendant (employer) to recover attorneys’ fees for frivolous, unreasonable, or groundless claims, the Northern District of Iowa also awarded CRST Van Expedited, Inc. attorneys’ fees, costs, and expenses of $4,694.442.14. Importantly, the Northern District of Iowa rejected the EEOC’s argument that a defendant (employer) must prevail on every claim to be entitled to attorneys’ fees.  To read the decision, please follow this link: http://www.workplaceclassaction.com/files/2013/08/EEOC-v.-CRST.pdf