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Case Name Bond & United States v. Baltimore Department of Public Works EE-MD-0133
Docket / Court 1:04-cv-00269-PWG ( D. Md. )
State/Territory Maryland
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Attorney Organization U.S. Dept. of Justice Civil Rights Division
Case Summary
On January 30, 2004, the plaintiff, a female carpenter with the City of Baltimore Department of Public Works, filed a lawsuit under Title VII, 42 U.S.C. § 1981e in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland against the City of Baltimore Department of Public Works (the "City"). The ... read more >
On January 30, 2004, the plaintiff, a female carpenter with the City of Baltimore Department of Public Works, filed a lawsuit under Title VII, 42 U.S.C. § 1981e in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland against the City of Baltimore Department of Public Works (the "City"). The plaintiff asked the court for compensatory damages, punitive damages, and injunctive relief, alleging that the defendant discriminated on the basis of gender by subjecting the plaintiff to repeated instances of sexual harassment.

The complaint alleges that the City discriminated on the basis of gender by: (1) making sexual harassing statements; (2) exposing themselves on the job; (3) grabbing, fondling, and hugging other men as if to imitate what they would do to plaintiff; and (4) failing to protect plaintiff from intentional sexual behavior.

On February 24, 2004, the United States filed an intervenor complaint alleging the defendant: (1) failed or refused to take appropriate action to remedy the effects of the discrimination against the plaintiff and (2) by way of the plaintiff's supervisor, exposed his genitals, displayed pornography in the workplace, simulated sexual acts.

On December 3, 2004, a consent decree was entered by the District Court (Judge Paul W. Grimm) that stated: (1) the defendant shall offer the individual plaintiff a monetary award; (2) the City shall not subject the plaintiff to discrimination because of her sex, or retaliate against her; (3) the defendant is enjoined from subjecting any employee to sexual harassment; and (4) the defendant shall provide mandatory training regarding sexual harassment for all employees.

This case is closed.

Erin Forman - 11/04/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Defendant-type
Sanitation/Public Works
Discrimination-area
Harassment / Hostile Work Environment
Discrimination-basis
Sex discrimination
General
Disparate Treatment
Plaintiff Type
U.S. Dept of Justice plaintiff
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. § 1981
Defendant(s) City of Baltimore Department of Public Works
Plaintiff Description A female employee (carpenter), and United States
Indexed Lawyer Organizations U.S. Dept. of Justice Civil Rights Division
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief Damages
Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree
Order Duration 2004 - 2006
Case Closing Year 2004
Case Ongoing No
Additional Resources
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Case Studies Megacases, Diversity, and the Elusive Goal of Workplace Reform
Written: Mar. 01, 2008
By: Nancy Levit (University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law)
Citation: 49 B.C. L. Rev. 367 (2008)
[ Detail ] [ External Link ]

  Second Generation Employment Discrimination: A Structural Approach
By: Susan Sturm (Columbia Law School)
Citation: 101 Colum. L. Rev. 458 (2001)
[ Detail ] [ External Link ]

Docket(s)
1:04-cv-00269 (D. Md.) 12/03/2004
EE-MD-0133-9000.pdf | Detail
General Documents
Complaint 01/30/2004
EE-MD-0133-0003.pdf | Detail
Order 03/08/2004 (D. Md.)
EE-MD-0133-0001.pdf | Detail
Consent Decree 11/08/2004
EE-MD-0133-0002.pdf | Detail
Judges Grimm, Paul William (D. Md.) [Magistrate]
EE-MD-0133-0001 | EE-MD-0133-0002 | EE-MD-0133-0003 | EE-MD-0133-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Fenton, William B. (District of Columbia)
EE-MD-0133-0003 | EE-MD-0133-9000
Gardner, Leslie M. (District of Columbia)
EE-MD-0133-0003 | EE-MD-0133-9000
Geller, Clare F (District of Columbia)
EE-MD-0133-0003 | EE-MD-0133-9000
Martin, Lolita (District of Columbia)
EE-MD-0133-0003 | EE-MD-0133-9000
Niles, Sara Lewenberg (District of Columbia)
EE-MD-0133-0003 | EE-MD-0133-9000
Palmer, David J. (District of Columbia)
EE-MD-0133-0003 | EE-MD-0133-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Cherry, Ronald M. (Maryland)
EE-MD-0133-0003 | EE-MD-0133-9000
Ki, John (Maryland)
EE-MD-0133-0003 | EE-MD-0133-9000
Myers, Eric (Pennsylvania)
EE-MD-0133-0003 | EE-MD-0133-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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