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Case Name EEOC v. VICTORIA'S SECRET STORES, INC. EE-PA-0182
Docket / Court 2:02-cv-06715-HB ( E.D. Pa. )
State/Territory Pennsylvania
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
In this Title VII case, brought in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania by the EEOC's Philadelphia District Office in August 2002, the complaint alleged that the defendant, a nationwide chain of lingerie stores, subjected the charging party, a comanager of a Victoria's Secret store in Langhorne, ... read more >
In this Title VII case, brought in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania by the EEOC's Philadelphia District Office in August 2002, the complaint alleged that the defendant, a nationwide chain of lingerie stores, subjected the charging party, a comanager of a Victoria's Secret store in Langhorne, Pennsylvania, to a hostile working environment because of her race (Black) and religion (Baptist) and failed to accommodate her need to attend religious services. The white store manager, white comanagers, and white sales associates repeatedly made offensive remarks and insulted charging party's race and religion. The complaint further alleged that defendant failed to cooperate in scheduling Sunday work so that she could attend church services. As a result of the hostile working environment, the charging party quit her job.

In September 2002, the charging party intervened, adding causes of action under the Pennsylvania Human Rights Act and state tort law. Defendant sought to consolidate the case with another one, but that motion was denied, and the case was given a trial date. After resolution of several discovery disputes, the case was resolved in June 2003 through a consent decree which provided for payment of $179,300 to charging party. We do not have a copy of the decree; therefore, the exact terms of the settlement are unknown.

Margo Schlanger - 06/01/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Discrimination-area
Accommodation / Leave
Discharge / Constructive Discharge / Layoff
Harassment / Hostile Work Environment
Discrimination-basis
Race discrimination
Religion discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
Private Party intervened in EEOC suit
General
Disparate Treatment
Retaliation
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Private Plaintiff
Race
Black
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
State law
State Anti-Discrimination Law
Defendant(s) Victoria's Secret Stores, 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
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree
Order Duration not on record
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)
2:02-cv-06715-HB (E.D. Pa.) 06/27/2003
EE-PA-0182-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 08/13/2002
EE-PA-0182-0012.pdf | Detail
Order 11/01/2002 (E.D. Pa.)
EE-PA-0182-0003.pdf | Detail
Memorandum Order 01/14/2003 (2003 WL 21282193) (E.D. Pa.)
EE-PA-0182-0005.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Order 01/31/2003 (E.D. Pa.)
EE-PA-0182-0011.pdf | Detail
Amended Complaint of Intervener Lauren Ellerson 02/05/2003
EE-PA-0182-0006.pdf | Detail
Plaintiff-Intervener's Motion for Leave to File a Second Amended Complaint [and Proposed Order] 03/12/2003
EE-PA-0182-0007.pdf | Detail
EEOC Litigation Settlement Report -- June 2003 07/01/2003
EE-PA-0182-0010.pdf | Detail
Judges Waldman, Jay Carl (E.D. Pa.)
EE-PA-0182-0011
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers McEldrew, James J. III (Pennsylvania)
EE-PA-0182-0007
Young, Eric L. (Pennsylvania)
EE-PA-0182-0007
Defendant's Lawyers None on record
Other Lawyers None on record

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