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Case Name EEOC v. IBEW Local No. 998 EE-OH-0036
Docket / Court 3:02CV7374 ( N.D. Ohio )
State/Territory Ohio
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
The EEOC's Cleveland district office sued the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local No. 998, a national union, on July 25, 2002 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio. The EEOC's complaint alleged that the IBEW violated Title VII when it discriminated against ... read more >
The EEOC's Cleveland district office sued the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local No. 998, a national union, on July 25, 2002 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio. The EEOC's complaint alleged that the IBEW violated Title VII when it discriminated against the intervenor, who intervened in May 2003, based on sex (female). Specifically, the IBEW created a sexually harassing atmosphere, failed to take corrective action in response to the intervenor's complaint about her working conditions in retaliation for her complaint. In November 2004, the court dismissed two of the intervenor's causes of action because the statute of limitations had run before she filed suit. In late November 2004, the IBEW filed a motion for summary judgment, which was granted in February 2005, as it was not responsible for the local union's harassment. Judge James Carr presided over numerous management/status conferences in the case.

Finally, the parties settled out of court and the court entered a consent decree between the parties on January 11, 2006 which stipulated that the local IBEW was required to pay $5,500 in damages to the intervenor, post a notice of compliance with Title VII, and provide all of its employees with Title VII compliance training.

Aaron Weismann - 06/04/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Content of Injunction
Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law
Provide antidiscrimination training
Reporting
Discrimination-area
Harassment / Hostile Work Environment
Other Conditions of Employment (including assignment, transfer, hours, working conditions, etc)
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
State Anti-Discrimination Law
Defendant(s) IBEW Local No. 998
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers
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 2006 - 2008
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)
3:02-cv-07374-JGC (N.D. Ohio) 01/11/2006
EE-OH-0036-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint and Jury Trial Demand 07/25/2002
EE-OH-0036-0001 PDF | Detail
Complaint of Intervenor/Plaintiff 05/14/2003
EE-OH-0036-0002 PDF | Detail
First Amended Complaint of Intervenor/ Plaintiff 06/30/2004
EE-OH-0036-0003 PDF | Detail
Order 11/04/2004 (N.D. Ohio)
EE-OH-0036-0004 PDF | Detail
Order 02/18/2005 (N.D. Ohio)
EE-OH-0036-0005 PDF | Detail
Consent Decree 01/11/2006
EE-OH-0036-0006 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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