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Case Name EEOC v. Saturn of St. Petersburg, Inc. EE-FL-0154
Docket / Court 8:07-cv-00546 ( M.D. Fla. )
State/Territory Florida
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection IWPR/Wage Project Consent Decree Study
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
On March 30, 2007 the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) brought a lawsuit pursuant to Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Title I of the Civil Rights Act of 1991 in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida against Saturn of St. Petersburg, Inc. (Saturn) and ... read more >
On March 30, 2007 the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) brought a lawsuit pursuant to Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Title I of the Civil Rights Act of 1991 in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida against Saturn of St. Petersburg, Inc. (Saturn) and its parent company.

The EEOC claimed that Saturn retaliated against three individuals for filing charges of race discrimination against the company; Saturn allegedly retaliated by interfering with those individuals' employment relationships. The EEOC sought injunctive relief, as well as monetary relief for the three individuals.

The three men, on whose behalf this suit is filed, worked for a car detailer that operated on Saturn's premises. Each of the individuals applied for a job with Saturn, and each was rejected; they subsequently filed charges with the EEOC against Saturn on the basis of race discrimination. Approximately fifteen days after the charges were filed, Saturn directed the detail company to discharge the three employees, which it subsequently did.

The District Court (Judge Steven D. Merryday) on March 24, 2008, approved a settlement agreement between the parties. Under the decree, which was to last for three years, Saturn was required to establish a written policy prohibiting unlawful retaliation in the workplace, as well as six hours annually of training on the policy for its managers. The decree also required that Saturn place a warning in the file of the general manager of the dealership for violating the no retaliation policy. Finally, Saturn was required to pay $75,000 in total to the three individuals involved.

Adam Teitelbaum - 03/18/2010


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Content of Injunction
Develop anti-discrimination policy
Monitoring
Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law
Provide antidiscrimination training
Recordkeeping
Retaliation Prohibition
Discrimination-area
Discharge / Constructive Discharge / Layoff
Discrimination-basis
Race discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
General
Disparate Treatment
Pattern or Practice
Retaliation
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Race
Black
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
Defendant(s) Lokey Automotive Group, Inc
Saturn of St. Petersburg, Inc.
Plaintiff Description Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, on behalf of one or more workers.
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 2008 - 2011
Case Closing Year 2008
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)
8:07−cv−00546 (M.D. Fla.) 04/07/2008
EE-FL-0154-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 03/30/2007
EE-FL-0154-0001.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Consent Decree 03/24/2008
EE-FL-0154-0002.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Merryday, Steven Douglas (M.D. Fla.)
EE-FL-0154-0002 | EE-FL-0154-9000
Scriven, Mary Stenson (M.D. Fla.) [Magistrate]
EE-FL-0154-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Curtin, Nora E. (Florida)
EE-FL-0154-0002 | EE-FL-0154-9000
Von Greiff, Carla J. (Florida)
EE-FL-0154-0001 | EE-FL-0154-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Lau, Mary A. (Florida)
EE-FL-0154-9000
Stern, Barbara A. (Florida)
EE-FL-0154-0002 | EE-FL-0154-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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