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Case Name EEOC v. INTERSTATE EQUITIES, INC. d/b/a BURGER KING EE-MD-0059
Docket / Court 1:03-cv-02783-AMD ( D. Md. )
State/Territory Maryland
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
The Baltimore office of the EEOC brought this Title VII suit against Interstate Equities, Inc. (doing business as Burger King) in September 2003, in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland. Specifically, the complainant alleges that defendant subjected her to a hostile work ... read more >
The Baltimore office of the EEOC brought this Title VII suit against Interstate Equities, Inc. (doing business as Burger King) in September 2003, in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland. Specifically, the complainant alleges that defendant subjected her to a hostile work environment and fired her in retaliation for complaining about the harassment. The parties entered a Settlement Agreement approximately one year after the suit was initiated and the court approved a consent decree in October 2004.

The two-year consent decree includes: an anti-sexual harassment provision, one hour training on sexual harassment prevention for all employees, harassment policy revisions, and notice (posting) of the policy. Interstate Equities must give the EEOC bi-annual reports on the implementation of the consent decree and pay the complainant $17,500.

Lionel Joiner - 05/30/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Content of Injunction
Discrimination Prohibition
Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law
Provide antidiscrimination training
Reporting
Retaliation Prohibition
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) Interstate Equities, 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 2004 - 2006
Case Closing Year 2004
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)
1:03-cv-02783-AMD (D. Md.) 10/25/2004
EE-MD-0059-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 09/30/2003
EE-MD-0059-0001.pdf | Detail
Consent Decree 10/25/2004
EE-MD-0059-0003.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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