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Case Name Settlement agreement between United States (on behalf of Gwendolyn E. Hicks) and New Hanover County, North Carolina EE-NC-0133
Docket / Court NA ( No Court )
State/Territory North Carolina
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Attorney Organization U.S. Dept. of Justice Civil Rights Division
Case Summary
On or about May 16, 1997, the complainant filed a charge with the EEOC against New Hanover County, under Title VII, 42 U.S.C. § 2000e, et seq. The complainant alleged that the county retaliated against her by not hiring her a position of a tax clerk, because she has previously file charges against ... read more >
On or about May 16, 1997, the complainant filed a charge with the EEOC against New Hanover County, under Title VII, 42 U.S.C. § 2000e, et seq. The complainant alleged that the county retaliated against her by not hiring her a position of a tax clerk, because she has previously file charges against the county with the EEOC and initiated a private lawsuit against the county.

The EEOC was unable to secure a conciliation agreement between the parties, and referred the case to the DOJ.

The DOJ, the complainant and the county eventually entered into a settlement agreement. Under the agreement, none of the parties made admissions. The county paid the plaintiff a monetary award of $16,250. The plaintiff also agreed to sign a release agreement.

Zhandos Kuderin - 07/08/2014


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Defendant-type
Jurisdiction-wide
Discrimination-area
Hiring
General
Retaliation
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
U.S. Dept of Justice plaintiff
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. § 2000e
Defendant(s) New Hanover County
Plaintiff Description United States government on behalf of an employee of the New Hanover County, retaliated against based on filing previous charges and a private lawsuit.
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 Private Settlement Agreement
Order Duration 2007 - 2007
Case Closing Year 2007
Case Ongoing Unknown
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)
No docket sheet currently in the collection
General Documents
Settlement Agreement 01/28/2000
EE-NC-0133-0001.pdf | Detail
Judges None on record
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Johnson, Michael W. (District of Columbia)
EE-NC-0133-0001
Lee, Bill Lann (District of Columbia)
EE-NC-0133-0001
Defendant's Lawyers Cherry, William Robert Jr. (North Carolina)
EE-NC-0133-0001
Copley, Wanda (North Carolina)
EE-NC-0133-0001
Other Lawyers None on record

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