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Case Name EEOC v. Palm Management Corp. EE-CA-0329
Docket / Court docket unknown ( No Court )
State/Territory California
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection IWPR/Wage Project Consent Decree Study
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
On January 17, 2001, the EEOC filed a charge against Palm Management Corp., which manages The Palm Restaurants, alleging that the company violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 by failing to recruit and hire women into service worker positions.

On December 17, 2003, the EEOC ... read more >
On January 17, 2001, the EEOC filed a charge against Palm Management Corp., which manages The Palm Restaurants, alleging that the company violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 by failing to recruit and hire women into service worker positions.

On December 17, 2003, the EEOC announced resolution of the charge, "ending a nationwide investigation focusing on past recruitment and hiring practices." The parties entered into a pre-litigation agreement obtained through the EEOC's settlement process. Under the terms of the agreement, the defendant agreed not to discriminate or retaliate against employees; to establish a Class Fund in the amount of $500,000; to engage in workforce monitoring; to provide training addressing discrimination to management; to improve recruitment and hiring of females into service worker positions; and to implement certain record-keeping procedures.

The agreement was to expire either after three years or after distribution of the Class Fund, whichever was later. During that time, the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California had authority to enforce the terms of the agreement.

Priyah Kaul - 11/23/2014


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Content of Injunction
Auditing
Discrimination Prohibition
Follow recruitment, hiring, or promotion protocols
Provide antidiscrimination training
Recordkeeping
Reporting
Retaliation Prohibition
Utilize objective hiring/promotion criteria
Utilize objective job description
Discrimination-area
Harassment / Hostile Work Environment
Hiring
Discrimination-basis
Sex discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
General
Disparate Treatment
Pattern or Practice
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
Defendant(s) Palm Management Corporation
Plaintiff Description All female applicants to all Palm Restaurant locations during the operative period, January 1, 1999 to December 31, 2000.
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 Private Settlement Agreement
Order Duration 2003 - 2006
Case Closing Year 2003
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)
No docket sheet currently in the collection
General Documents
Settlement Agreement 09/30/2003
EE-CA-0329-0001.pdf | Detail
Document Source: EEOC Regional Office
Press Release 12/17/2003
EE-CA-0329-0002.pdf | Detail
Document Source: EEOC.gov
Judges None on record
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Park, Anna Y. (California)
EE-CA-0329-0001
Defendant's Lawyers Krupkin, Jay P. (District of Columbia)
EE-CA-0329-0001
Other Lawyers None on record

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