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Case Name EEOC v. MEARS TRANSPORTATION GROUP, INC., and A-1 LIQUIDAT EE-FL-0077
Docket / Court 97-4375-CIV-MOORE ( S.D. Fla. )
State/Territory Florida
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
The EEOC's Miami district office sued Mears Transportation Group, Inc., a Florida personal transportation company, and A-1 Liquidating Corporation, a Florida corporation, on December 23, 1997 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida. The EEOC's claim alleged that these two ... read more >
The EEOC's Miami district office sued Mears Transportation Group, Inc., a Florida personal transportation company, and A-1 Liquidating Corporation, a Florida corporation, on December 23, 1997 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida. The EEOC's claim alleged that these two companies violated Title VII when they discriminated against her based on sex (female) when the company paid for one hotel room and told her to share it with a male driver or purchase her own and when it failed to rehire her in retaliation for her filing a claim with the EEOC. A-1 filed a motion to dismiss the alleged act of discrimination in July 1998, which was not resolved. The parties were referred to mediation in August 1998, which resulted in settlement between all of the parties. The EEOC and A-1 entered into a consent decree on March 11, 1999, while the EEOC and Mears entered into a consent decree on July 14, 1999.

The A-1 consent decree stipulated that A-1 would refrain from discriminating in the future, train its employees in Title VII compliance, post a notice of compliance with Title VII, monitor any complaints of discrimination, and that A-1's president would attend EEOC training. Furthermore, the decree provided for $10,000 in damages to be paid to the aggrieved employee. The Mears consent decree was essentially the same as the A-1 consent decree and also required Mears to pay $10,000 in damages for the aggrieved employee, but did not require the Mears president to attend special training.

Justin Kanter - 06/01/2007


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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
Monitoring
Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law
Provide antidiscrimination training
Recordkeeping
Reporting
Retaliation Prohibition
Discrimination-area
Hiring
Other Conditions of Employment (including assignment, transfer, hours, working conditions, etc)
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) A-1 Liquidating Corporation
Mears Transportation Group, 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 1999 - 2002
Case Closing Year 1999
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)
1:97-cv-04375-KMM (S.D. Fla.) 07/14/1999
EE-FL-0077-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 12/23/1997
EE-FL-0077-0001 PDF | Detail
Order 09/28/1998 (S.D. Fla.)
EE-FL-0077-0002 PDF | Detail
Consent Decree 03/10/1999
EE-FL-0077-0003 PDF | Detail
Consent Decree 07/14/1999
EE-FL-0077-0005 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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