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Case Name EEOC v. SEELYE-WRIGHT OF SOUTH HAVEN, INC. EE-MI-0150
Docket / Court 1:05-cv-00677-GLQ ( W.D. Mich. )
State/Territory Michigan
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
The Detroit office of the EEOC brought this action in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan, Southern Division, against Seelye-Wright of South Haven, Inc., a car dealership in South Haven, Michigan. The complaint, filed in September 2005, alleged sex discrimination in ... read more >
The Detroit office of the EEOC brought this action in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan, Southern Division, against Seelye-Wright of South Haven, Inc., a car dealership in South Haven, Michigan. The complaint, filed in September 2005, alleged sex discrimination in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Specifically, the complaint alleged that Defendant had retaliated against the charging party by filing a complaint against him for libel and slander in response to his claim for sexual harassment. In December 2005, the charging party intervened.

Defendant filed for partial summary judgment on the issue of punitive damages stating that it had settled all other claims with the charging party. In October 2006, the United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan, Southern Division, granted Defendant's motion. All other matters were resolved through a consent decree. The decree, which was good for one year, contained non-discrimination and non-retaliation provisions, and required Defendant to provide a training seminar regarding discrimination and retaliation for its employees. The EEOC retained the right to review Defendant's compliance with the decree and, if the EEOC found a violation, Defendant had thirty days to investigate and respond to the allegation. The decree was signed in November 2006.

Elizabeth Glassman - 05/31/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Male
Content of Injunction
Discrimination Prohibition
Monitoring
Other requirements regarding hiring, promotion, retention
Provide antidiscrimination training
Retaliation Prohibition
Discrimination-area
Harassment / Hostile Work Environment
Discrimination-basis
Sex discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
Private Party intervened in EEOC suit
General
Disparate Treatment
Retaliation
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
State law
Defendant(s) Seelye-Wright of South Haven, 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 Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree
Order Duration 2006 - 2007
Case Closing Year 2006
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)
1:05-cv-00677-GJQ (W.D. Mich.) 11/21/2006
EE-MI-0150-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 09/30/2005
EE-MI-0150-0001.pdf | Detail
Intervening Plaintiff's Complaint 12/07/2005
EE-MI-0150-0006.pdf | Detail
Opinion 10/10/2006 (2006 WL 2884464) (W.D. Mich.)
EE-MI-0150-0014.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Order 10/10/2006 (W.D. Mich.)
EE-MI-0150-0015.pdf | Detail
Consent Decree 11/21/2006
EE-MI-0150-0017.pdf | Detail
Judges None on record
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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