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EEOC Takes on Land O’ Lakes

Posted by Frank Steinberg | Sep 26, 2006 | 0 Comments

The EEOC has filed suit against Land O'Lakes, the dairy cooperative. The case stems from LOL's practice of requiring its departing employees, in their separation agreements, to promise not to file a discrimination complaint with the EEOC. According to the separation agreement, if the employee filed a complaint, severance benefits would be forfeited.

The suit claims that the practice violates the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Equal Pay Act.

The case could be important since many — perhaps most — separation agreements contain similar language.

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Frank Steinberg

Frank is the founder and principal of Steinberg Law, LLC. A Jersey boy born and bred, he focuses on employment litigation and counseling, business litigation,  and aviation law. Following law school and a clerkship in the federal district court Frank spent his early career with large litigation ...

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