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Case Name EEOC v. PREFERRED TECHNICAL SERVICES, INC. EE-WA-0069
Docket / Court C99-1569 ( W.D. Wash. )
State/Territory Washington
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
The Seattle District Office of the EEOC brought this action in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington, against Preferred Technical Services. The complaint, filed in September 1999, alleged sex discrimination in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. ... read more >
The Seattle District Office of the EEOC brought this action in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington, against Preferred Technical Services. The complaint, filed in September 1999, alleged sex discrimination in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Specifically, the complaint alleged that Defendant had subjected the charging party to a hostile work environment, sexual harassment and retaliation.

Prior to discovery, in July 2000, the parties agreed to a consent decree. The decree, which was valid for two years, included non-discrimination and non-retaliation provisions as well as required Defendant to adopt a written policy against sexual harassment, maintain an internal grievance procedure for applicants and employees who feel they have been discriminated against, expunge all records in the charging party's files concerning claims of discrimination, regularly report to the EEOC about any internal discrimination claim, and post a non-discrimination notice in a centrally located area.

Yin Zheng - 05/30/2007


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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
Expungement of Employment Record
Implement complaint/dispute resolution process
Neutral/Positive Reference
Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law
Recordkeeping
Reporting
Retaliation Prohibition
Discrimination-area
Harassment / Hostile Work Environment
Discrimination-basis
Sex discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
General
Disparate Treatment
Pattern or Practice
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
Defendant(s) Preferred Networks Inc.
Preferred Technical Services Inc.
Preferred Technical Services 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 2000 - 2002
Case Closing Year 2000
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)
2:99-cv-01569-BJR (W.D. Wash.) 07/25/2000
EE-WA-0069-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Consent Decree and Order of Dismissal 07/07/2000
EE-WA-0069-0001 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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