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Case Name EEOC v. Home Depot U.S.A., Inc. EE-CO-0024
Docket / Court 1:06-cv-01950-LTB-CBS ( D. Colo. )
State/Territory Colorado
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
On September 29, 2006, the Denver Office of the EEOC filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado. The plaintiffs sued Home Depot U.S.A. Inc. under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The EEOC, representing a former Home Depot employee, asked the court for a ... read more >
On September 29, 2006, the Denver Office of the EEOC filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado. The plaintiffs sued Home Depot U.S.A. Inc. under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The EEOC, representing a former Home Depot employee, asked the court for a permanent injunction enjoining Home Depot from retaliating against employees who complain about discrimination and for monetary relief for the harm caused to the former employee. The EEOC claimed that Home Depot retaliated against the former employee when it terminated her employment five weeks after it issued her a settlement check for a previous suit resolving charges of discrimination.

On July 11, 2008, U.S. District Judge Lewis T. Babcock denied Home Depot's motion for summary judgment. Home Depot argued that the EEOC did not establish a case for retaliation because it did not demonstrate that the former employee had engaged in protected activity beyond her initial charge of discrimination or that there was a causal connection between a protected activity and her termination. Judge Babcock rejected this argument because filing a charge of discrimination is in and of itself a protected activity. Judge Babcock further found that negotiating a settlement agreement against Home Depot further constituted a protected activity, and the agreement was negotiated sufficiently close to her termination to indicate a possible causal relationship. 2008 WL 2744968.

On July 29, 2009, Judge Babcock approved a settlement agreement and dismissed the case. The agreement included injunctive and monetary relief. Specifically, agreement enjoined the defendant from reprisal or retaliation of any employee who complains about violations of Title VII or who serves as a party or witness in a lawsuit under Title VII. It further stipulated that the defendant must require trainings for managerial and supervisory staff and human resources staff. These trainings must address employees rights under Title VII, the defendant's anti-retaliation policy, and penalties for engaging in retaliation. The defendant was also required to submit reports of complaints of retaliation, trainings, and postings of notice. The monetary relief covered lost wages and compensatory damages totaling $84,750.

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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Content of Injunction
Neutral/Positive Reference
Recordkeeping
Reporting
Retaliation Prohibition
Training
Defendant-type
Retailer
Discrimination-area
Discharge / Constructive Discharge / Layoff
Discrimination-basis
Sex discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
No EEOC Final Resolution Type
General
Disparate Treatment
Retaliation
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
Defendant(s) Home Depot U.S.A. 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 2009 - 2011
Case Closing Year 2011
Case Ongoing No
Case Listing EE-CO-0023 : EEOC v. HOME DEPOT U.S.A., INC. (D. Colo.)
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)
1:06-cv-01950-LTB-CBS (D. Colo.) 07/29/2009
EE-CO-0024-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 09/29/2006
EE-CO-0024-0002.pdf | Detail
Document Source: District Court
Stipulated Protective Order 09/07/2007 (D. Colo.)
EE-CO-0024-0001.pdf | Detail
Order 07/11/2008 (2008 WL 2744968) (D. Colo.)
EE-CO-0024-0003.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Document Source: Bloomberg Law
Settlement Agreement 07/28/2009
EE-CO-0024-0004.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Babcock, Lewis Thornton (D. Colo.)
EE-CO-0024-0003 | EE-CO-0024-9000
Shaffer, Craig B. (D. Colo.) [Magistrate]
EE-CO-0024-0001 | EE-CO-0024-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Kittle, Rita Byrnes (Colorado)
EE-CO-0024-9000
Randall, Jennifer Ann (Colorado)
EE-CO-0024-9000
Struble, Stephanie (Colorado)
EE-CO-0024-0004 | EE-CO-0024-9000
Weeks, Nancy A. (Colorado)
EE-CO-0024-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Dale, Gillian (Colorado)
EE-CO-0024-9000
Friesen, Daniel Ernest (Colorado)
EE-CO-0024-0004 | EE-CO-0024-9000
Henderson, Shannon McFarland (Colorado)
EE-CO-0024-9000
Lamb, Christine Kessler (Colorado)
EE-CO-0024-9000
Spalten, Shayne Michelle (Colorado)
EE-CO-0024-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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