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Case Name EEOC v. McCREA EQUIPMENT COMPANY, INC. EE-MD-0081
Docket / Court 8:06-cv-02565-RWT ( D. Md. )
State/Territory Maryland
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
The Baltimore district office of the EEOC brought this suit against McCrea Equipment Company, Inc., in September 2006, in the District Court of Maryland. The complaint alleged that two female employees were subjected to sexual harassment by a Systems Administrator and retaliation by unnamed ... read more >
The Baltimore district office of the EEOC brought this suit against McCrea Equipment Company, Inc., in September 2006, in the District Court of Maryland. The complaint alleged that two female employees were subjected to sexual harassment by a Systems Administrator and retaliation by unnamed employees for complaining to management. The hostile work environment created by the sexual harassment and retaliation led to the constructive discharge of the employees. One employee was subjected to racial and retaliatory harassment. The other employee was involuntarily transferred to another facility with a longer commute and was harassed by employees at the other facility.

A few weeks after the Defendant answered the EEOC's complaint, the parties began settlement proceedings. A consent decree was entered into in July 2007. The consent decree required the Defendant to implement a revised sexual harassment policy, which included using a human resources official as a recipient and investigator of harassment complaints. Two hours of training of managers and hour of training of all other employees was required to be conducted by an outside trainer or attorney. Notice of the Defendant's sexual harassment policy was required to be posted. The defendant agreed to pay a total of $110,000 to the two former employees.

Jason Chester - 05/14/2008


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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
Reporting
Retaliation Prohibition
Discrimination-area
Discharge / Constructive Discharge / Layoff
Discipline
Harassment / Hostile Work Environment
Other Conditions of Employment (including assignment, transfer, hours, working conditions, etc)
Discrimination-basis
Race discrimination
Sex discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
General
Disparate Treatment
Retaliation
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Race
Black
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
Defendant(s) McCrea Equipment Company, 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 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)
8:06-cv-02565-RWT (D. Md.) 07/30/2007
EE-MD-0081-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 09/29/2006
EE-MD-0081-0001.pdf | Detail
Consent Decree 07/26/2007
EE-MD-0081-0005.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Day, Charles Bernard (D. Md.) [Magistrate]
EE-MD-0081-9000
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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