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Case Name EEOC v. Northwest Savings Bank EE-PA-0234
Docket / Court 1:07-cv-01298 ( M.D. Pa. )
State/Territory Pennsylvania
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection IWPR/Wage Project Consent Decree Study
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
On July 17, 2007, the EEOC brought a claim in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Title I of the Civil Rights Act of 1991 on behalf of an aggrieved female employee. The EEOC alleged that Defendants, Northwest ... read more >
On July 17, 2007, the EEOC brought a claim in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Title I of the Civil Rights Act of 1991 on behalf of an aggrieved female employee. The EEOC alleged that Defendants, Northwest Savings Bank and Northwest Bancorp., Inc. ("Northwest"), engaged in unlawful employment practices that discriminated on the basis of sex; this included creating a hostile work environment, as well as retaliation resulting in the employee's constructive discharge. The EEOC sought injunctive as well as monetary relief.

Specifically, the complaint claimed that the employee was subjected to sexual harassment through constant sexually offensive comments, innuendo and inappropriate touching from Northwest's general manager. No remedial action was taken even after the employee's complaints. These complaints allegedly resulted in the employee's transfer, though it was to a location requiring more travel time. Further, the EEOC claims the employee was subject to retaliation at the new location, as the District Manager there disclosed and trivialized the intimate details of the transfer to other employees.

On August 23, 2007, the District Court (Judge Christopher C. Conner) granted the employee's motion to intervene as plaintiff, for there is a statutory right of aggrieved individuals represented by the EEOC to do so.

The District Court (Judge Conner) then dismissed the claims and approved a settlement between the parties under a consent decree on June 26, 2008. First, the decree generally enjoined Northwest from further violations of Title VII. Northwest also agreed to pay the aggrieved employee a total sum of $125,000. The decree further required Northwest to post a notice of the decree in all of their branches and distribute a policy against discrimination, harassment, and retaliation to their employees. Additionally, the decree set out a training and disciplinary program for all supervisors regarding discrimination issues. The consent decree was to remain in effect for a period of 2 years.

Adam Teitelbaum - 03/21/2010


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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
Implement complaint/dispute resolution process
Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law
Provide antidiscrimination training
Discrimination-area
Discharge / Constructive Discharge / Layoff
Harassment / Hostile Work Environment
Discrimination-basis
Sex discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
General
Disparate Treatment
Retaliation
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
Defendant(s) Northwest Bancorp, Inc.
Northwest Savings Bank
Plaintiff Description EEOC on behalf of female employee claiming hostile work environment based on sex and retaliation.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations EEOC
Class action status sought None on record
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 - 2010
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)
1:07−cv−01298 (M.D. Pa.) 06/26/2008
EE-PA-0234-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 07/17/2007
EE-PA-0234-0001.pdf | Detail
Order (granting motion to intervene as plaintiff) 08/23/2007 (M.D. Pa.)
EE-PA-0234-0003.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Consent Decree 06/28/2008
EE-PA-0234-0002.pdf | Detail
Judges Ackerman, Robert M. Court not on record
EE-PA-0234-9000 | EE-PA-0234-9000 | EE-PA-0234-9000
Conner, Christopher C. (M.D. Pa.)
EE-PA-0234-0002 | EE-PA-0234-0003 | EE-PA-0234-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Cook, Terrence R. (Pennsylvania)
EE-PA-0234-0001 | EE-PA-0234-0002 | EE-PA-0234-9000
Cooper, Ronald S. (District of Columbia)
EE-PA-0234-0001
Lee, James L. (District of Columbia)
EE-PA-0234-0001
Marino, Stephanie (Pennsylvania)
EE-PA-0234-0001 | EE-PA-0234-0002 | EE-PA-0234-9000
McNair, Jacqueline H. (Pennsylvania)
EE-PA-0234-0001 | EE-PA-0234-0002 | EE-PA-0234-9000
Reams, Gwendolyn Young (District of Columbia)
EE-PA-0234-0001
Shapiro, Nina B. (Pennsylvania)
EE-PA-0234-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Devlin, Neal R. (Pennsylvania)
EE-PA-0234-9000
Klemensic, Francis J. (Pennsylvania)
EE-PA-0234-9000
Lanzillo, Richard A. (Pennsylvania)
EE-PA-0234-0002 | EE-PA-0234-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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