A San Diego, California jury recently awarded less than one million in compensatory damages and another $185 million in punitive damages to a woman who sued for pregnancy based discrimination. See Workplace Prof blog post. The suit was lodged against AutoZone. Rosario Juarez alleged that she was fired after being told that pregnant women

Mediation is now a common part of any lawsuit.  The EEOC has also embraced mediation.  Mediation is the process by which a nuetral third person explores the possibility of settlement.  When the EEOC performs mediation, it provides its own mediator.  The EEOC mediators are not active investigators.  Usually, at a mediation, the two parties remain