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Case Name EEOC v. Zale Corporation EE-AK-0007
Docket / Court 3:07-cv-00033 ( D. Alaska )
State/Territory Alaska
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection IWPR/Wage Project Consent Decree Study
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
On March 15, 2007, the EEOC filed this sex/pregnancy discrimination case against Zale Corporation in U.S. District Court in Alaska. The complaint was filed on behalf of an employee who claimed she had been denied promotion to a mangement postion because she was pregnant.

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On March 15, 2007, the EEOC filed this sex/pregnancy discrimination case against Zale Corporation in U.S. District Court in Alaska. The complaint was filed on behalf of an employee who claimed she had been denied promotion to a mangement postion because she was pregnant.

The parties quickly settled the case with a Consent Decree entered by U.S. District Judge John W. Sedwick on July 9, 2007, to last for two years, covering all employees at Zales Jewelers stores in the State of Alaska. The employer agreed to pay the claimant $55,000.00 in damages. The Decree prevents the employer from discriminating against its employees on the basis of sex/pregnancy. The Decree provides for evaluation and implementation of anti-discrimination policies, procedures and training, requires posting and distribution of those policies, requires anti-discrimination training for managers and supervisors and discipline of any supervisor or manager who violates the policies. It also requires the company to include the handling of EEO matters in its hiring and evaluation of managers and supervisors.

The Decree was in effect for two years from the date of its entry, July 9, 2007; it expired on July 9, 2009.

Denise Heberle - 01/05/2010


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Content of Injunction
Develop anti-discrimination policy
Discrimination Prohibition
Expungement of Employment Record
Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law
Provide antidiscrimination training
Reporting
Defendant-type
Retailer
Discrimination-area
Promotion
Discrimination-basis
Pregnancy discrimination
Sex discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
General
Disparate Treatment
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
Defendant(s) Zale Corporation
Plaintiff Description EEOC on behalf of female employee who claimed she was denied promotion by employer Zale Corporation because of her sex/pregnancy.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations EEOC
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 2007 - 2009
Case Closing Year 2007
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)
3:07−cv−00033 (D. Alaska) 07/25/2007
EE-AK-0007-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 03/15/2007
EE-AK-0007-0001.pdf | Detail
Consent Decree 07/09/2007
EE-AK-0007-0002.pdf | Detail
Notice to Employees (attachment to Consent Decree - corrected) 07/17/2007
EE-AK-0007-0003.pdf | Detail
Judges None on record
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers None on record
Defendant's Lawyers None on record
Other Lawyers None on record

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