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Case Name EEOC v. SINCLAIR OIL CORPORATION dba SUN VALLEY COMPANY EE-ID-0026
Docket / Court 01-0499-S-BLW ( D. Idaho )
State/Territory Idaho
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
In September 2001, the EEOC's Seattle District Office brought this suit against Sinclair Oil Corporation, d/b/a Sun Valley Company, in the U.S. District Court for the District of Idaho. The complaint alleged that the defendant violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 by failing to rehire ... read more >
In September 2001, the EEOC's Seattle District Office brought this suit against Sinclair Oil Corporation, d/b/a Sun Valley Company, in the U.S. District Court for the District of Idaho. The complaint alleged that the defendant violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 by failing to rehire the charging party, a female employee, because she had participated in an internal sexual harassment investigation. In December 2001, the charging party intervened in the suit. After a failed motion by the defendants for partial judgment on the pleadings in April 2002, the parties settled in July 2002 through a consent decree.

Under the two-year decree, which contained non-discrimination and non-retaliation provisions, the defendant agreed to: maintain its EEO policy and internal Title VII compliance procedures, post an EEOC-provided Title VII compliance notice, provide the charging party with a neutral reference, expunge the charging party's personnel file of all references to discrimination, provide EEOC-approved managerial Title VII training, report to the EEOC at specified intervals, and pay $30,000 to the charging party.

Michele Marxkors - 06/04/2007


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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
Provide antidiscrimination training
Reporting
Retaliation Prohibition
Discrimination-area
Discharge / Constructive Discharge / Layoff
Harassment / Hostile Work Environment
Hiring
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) Sinclair Oil Corporation
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 2002 - 2004
Case Closing Year 2002
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)
1:01-cv-00499-BLW (D. Idaho) 07/29/2002
EE-ID-0026-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 09/26/2001
EE-ID-0026-0001.pdf | Detail
Order 12/13/2001 (D. Idaho)
EE-ID-0026-0002.pdf | Detail
Complaint in Intervention and Demand for Jury Trial 01/07/2002
EE-ID-0026-0003.pdf | Detail
Consent Decree 07/29/2002
EE-ID-0026-0004.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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