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Case Name United States of America v. Columbus County, North Carolina EE-NC-0131
Docket / Court 7:99-cv-00043-F ( E.D.N.C. )
State/Territory North Carolina
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection IWPR/Wage Project Consent Decree Study
Attorney Organization U.S. Dept. of Justice Civil Rights Division
Case Summary
On March 16, 1999, the United States Attorney's Office filed a lawsuit against Columbus County under 42 U.S.C. § 2000e, et seq. ("Title VII") in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina. The Attorney's Office asked the court for injunctive and monetary relief, alleging ... read more >
On March 16, 1999, the United States Attorney's Office filed a lawsuit against Columbus County under 42 U.S.C. § 2000e, et seq. ("Title VII") in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina. The Attorney's Office asked the court for injunctive and monetary relief, alleging that the defendant had violated Title VII, by discriminating against the charging party on the basis of gender.

Specifically, the United States alleged that the Columbus County Department of Aging assigned a female employee to work which would subject her to unwelcome and offensive touching of a sexual nature. The Department of Aging, likewise, refused to assign her alternative work or take appropriate actions to remedy the discriminatory treatment.

On March 23, 2006, the plaintiff and defendant filed a Settlement Agreement in which the County agreed that it would not practice any further unlawful discrimination or retaliation on employees based on sex, which was entered by the court (Judge James C. Fox). The defendant was further ordered to pay the charging party back pay and compensatory damages. The female employee declined to return to her position at the Department of Aging, therefore it was not required she be offered a job. However, she must be considered on the same basis should she apply for any future positions with the agency.

We have no further information.

Jane Wu - 10/16/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Discrimination-area
Harassment / Hostile Work Environment
Discrimination-basis
Sex discrimination
General
Disparate Treatment
Retaliation
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
U.S. Dept of Justice plaintiff
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. § 2000e
Defendant(s) Columbus County
Plaintiff Description U.S. on behalf of a female employee
Indexed Lawyer Organizations U.S. Dept. of Justice Civil Rights Division
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Prevailing Party Mixed
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 1999 - n/a
Case Closing Year 1999
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)
7:99-cv-00043-F (E.D.N.C.) 03/23/1999
EE-NC-0131-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 03/16/1999
EE-NC-0131-0001.pdf | Detail
Settlement Agreement 03/23/1999
EE-NC-0131-0002.pdf | Detail
Judges Fox, James Carroll (E.D.N.C.)
EE-NC-0131-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Acker, G Norman III (North Carolina)
EE-NC-0131-9000
Cole, Janice McKenzie (North Carolina)
EE-NC-0131-0001 | EE-NC-0131-0002
Fenton, William B. (District of Columbia)
EE-NC-0131-0001 | EE-NC-0131-0002
Seeley, Sharon (District of Columbia)
EE-NC-0131-0001 | EE-NC-0131-0002
Defendant's Lawyers Hill, James Earl Jr. (North Carolina)
EE-NC-0131-0002 | EE-NC-0131-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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