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Case Name EEOC v. Venture, Inc. d/b/a Save-A-Lot EE-MS-0062
Docket / Court 3:11-CV-00596 ( S.D. Miss. )
State/Territory Mississippi
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
On September 26, 2011, the EEOC filed a complaint in the Southern District of Mississippi on behalf of female employees who had worked for Venture, Inc. The EEOC asked the court for injunctive relief, pecuniary damages, punitive damages, and the commission's costs for the action, claiming that the ... read more >
On September 26, 2011, the EEOC filed a complaint in the Southern District of Mississippi on behalf of female employees who had worked for Venture, Inc. The EEOC asked the court for injunctive relief, pecuniary damages, punitive damages, and the commission's costs for the action, claiming that the defendant violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Title I of the Civil Rights Act of 1991. Specifically, the plaintiff claims that an employee of defendant sexually harassed female employees, created a hostile work environment, propositioned female employees for sex, and that defendant failed to respond to complaints, ultimately firing an employee who complained.

On November 22, 2013, a consent decree was entered. Defendant did not acknowledge any wrongdoing but agreed to pay $325,000 to settle the claim. The amount paid to each employee was to be determined by the EEOC. The consent agreement also required defendant to implement policies to avoid future harassment, including by including of non-harassment criteria on employee evaluations, creating an anonymous complaint system, training employees on sexual harassment and their rights, and creating a reporting system that will track claims of such harassment. Defendant was required to notify its employees of the requirement placed upon it within sixty days and to report all complaints of sexual harassment to the EEOC every 180 days for 30 months.

Parties were to bear their own costs.

An objection to the consent decree was filed December 30, 2013.

Chris MacColl - 02/24/2014


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Content of Injunction
Develop anti-discrimination policy
Implement complaint/dispute resolution process
Monitor/Master
Monitoring
Recordkeeping
Defendant-type
Retailer
Discrimination-area
Discharge / Constructive Discharge / Layoff
Harassment / Hostile Work Environment
Discrimination-basis
Sex discrimination
EEOC-centric
Private Party intervened in EEOC suit
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
Defendant(s) Venture, Inc. d/b/a Save-A-Lot
Plaintiff Description EEOC sued on behalf of several female employees of sale-a-lot alleging sex based discrimination.
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 2011 - 2013
Case Closing Year 2013
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)
3:11−cv−00596 (S.D. Miss.) 12/30/2013
EE-MS-0062-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 09/26/2011
EE-MS-0062-0001.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Second Amended Complaint 12/08/2011 (2011 WL 11557936)
EE-MS-0062-0004.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Consent Decree 11/22/2013 (S.D. Miss.)
EE-MS-0062-0002.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
ORDER OF DISMISSAL 11/22/2013 (2013 WL 7175415) (S.D. Miss.)
EE-MS-0062-0003.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Barbour, William Henry Jr. (S.D. Miss.)
EE-MS-0062-0002 | EE-MS-0062-0003 | EE-MS-0062-9000
Walker, Robert H. (S.D. Miss.) [Magistrate]
EE-MS-0062-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Bean, Julie Steptoe (Alabama)
EE-MS-0062-0001 | EE-MS-0062-0002 | EE-MS-0062-0004 | EE-MS-0062-9000
Crowley, Michael Todd (Mississippi)
EE-MS-0062-9000
Lee, James L. (District of Columbia)
EE-MS-0062-0001 | EE-MS-0062-0004 | EE-MS-0062-9000
Lopez, P. David (District of Columbia)
EE-MS-0062-0001
Miller, Gerald L (Alabama)
EE-MS-0062-0002 | EE-MS-0062-9000
Murray, Steven Lee (Alabama)
EE-MS-0062-9000
Reams, Gwendolyn Young (District of Columbia)
EE-MS-0062-0001 | EE-MS-0062-0004 | EE-MS-0062-9000
Sanders, Edward (Mississippi)
EE-MS-0062-9000
Smith, C. Emanuel (Alabama)
EE-MS-0062-0001 | EE-MS-0062-0002 | EE-MS-0062-0004 | EE-MS-0062-9000
Varma, Maneesh (Alabama)
EE-MS-0062-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Higginbotham, Robert T (Mississippi)
EE-MS-0062-0002 | EE-MS-0062-9000
Threadgill, Timothy (Mississippi)
EE-MS-0062-0002 | EE-MS-0062-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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