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Case Name United States v. Metro Dade County EE-FL-0131
Docket / Court 1:97-cv-01671-JLK ( S.D. Fla. )
State/Territory Florida
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Attorney Organization U.S. Dept. of Justice Civil Rights Division
Case Summary
On May 27, 1997 the United States Department of Justice (the "D.O.J.") filed a lawsuit against Metropolitan Dade County, Florida to enforce provisions of Title VII, 42 U.S.C. § 2000e, in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida. The DOJ sought injunctive and compensatory ... read more >
On May 27, 1997 the United States Department of Justice (the "D.O.J.") filed a lawsuit against Metropolitan Dade County, Florida to enforce provisions of Title VII, 42 U.S.C. § 2000e, in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida. The DOJ sought injunctive and compensatory relief, alleging that the defendant had violated Title VII by discriminating against a female corrections officer on the basis of sex. Specifically, the individual employee was subjected to sexual harassment during the course of her employment, which resulted in a hostile work environment.



On June 12, 1997, the District Court (Judge James Lawrence King) entered the settlement agreement reached by the parties. The agreement requires the defendant to refrain from discriminating against any employee in the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation in any term or condition of employment because of such employee's sex. Specifically, the agreement prohibited the defendant from: (a) creating, maintaining, supporting, condoning, or ignoring a sexually hostile work environment; and (b) failing or refusing to investigate and to take prompt and sufficient remedial action when complaints of employment discrimination based on gender, including sexual harassment, are brought to the defendant's or its Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation's attention. The defendants were required (1) to institute and carry out policies and practices to ensure a work environment free from sex discrimination, and (2) continue to provide training on sex discrimination, including sexual harassment. The agreement provided further relief for the individual employee named in the complaint. The court retained jurisdiction for the life of the agreement, three years.

The case was closed on June 12, 1997, the same day the settlement agreement was entered.

James Floyd - 10/28/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Defendant-type
Corrections
Discrimination-area
Harassment / Hostile Work Environment
Discrimination-basis
Sex discrimination
General
Disparate Treatment
Plaintiff Type
U.S. Dept of Justice plaintiff
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. § 2000e
Defendant(s) Metropolitan Dade County, Florida
Plaintiff Description United States on behalf of a female corrections officer
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 1997 - 2000
Case Closing Year 1997
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)
1:97-cv-01671-JLK (S.D. Fla.) 06/12/1997
EE-FL-0131-9000.pdf | Detail
General Documents
Complaint 05/27/1997
EE-FL-0131-0001.pdf | Detail
Settlement Agreement 06/12/1997
EE-FL-0131-0002.pdf | Detail
Judges King, James Lawrence (S.D. Fla.)
EE-FL-0131-0001 | EE-FL-0131-0002 | EE-FL-0131-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Fenton, William B. (District of Columbia)
EE-FL-0131-0001 | EE-FL-0131-0002
Keefer, William A. (Florida)
EE-FL-0131-0001 | EE-FL-0131-0002 | EE-FL-0131-9000
Pinzler, Isabelle Katz (District of Columbia)
EE-FL-0131-0001
Tejani, Sharyn A. (District of Columbia)
EE-FL-0131-0001 | EE-FL-0131-0002
Defendant's Lawyers Kraftchick, Lee Alan (Florida)
EE-FL-0131-0002
Other Lawyers None on record

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