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Case Name EEOC v. ENVIRONMENTAL AIR SYSTEMS, INC. EE-NC-0033
Docket / Court 5:01-CV-406-BO(3) ( E.D.N.C. )
State/Territory North Carolina
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
In June 2001, the Charlotte (along with Raleigh) office of the EEOC brought this Title VII suit against Environmental Air Systems, Inc. in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina. The complaint alleged that the defendant failed to hire the charging party to a Pipe Helper ... read more >
In June 2001, the Charlotte (along with Raleigh) office of the EEOC brought this Title VII suit against Environmental Air Systems, Inc. in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina. The complaint alleged that the defendant failed to hire the charging party to a Pipe Helper position because of her sex. The charging party intervened in the suit in July 2001, and the case settled by entry of a consent decree in September 2001.

The three year consent decree included an anti-discrimination provision, an anti-retaliation provision, payment of $44,000 to the charging party ($34,333.33 to charging party and $9,666.67 as attorney fees), management training, posting of an EE notice, advertisements of jobs containing statements that the defendant is an equal opportunity employer, active recruitment of women for Pipe Helper position, and semi-annual reporting to the EEOC of the identity of applicants for the Pipe Helper position.

Kevin Wilemon - 06/06/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Content of Injunction
Comply with advertising/recruiting requirements
Discrimination Prohibition
Monitoring
Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law
Provide antidiscrimination training
Recordkeeping
Reporting
Retaliation Prohibition
Discrimination-area
Hiring
Discrimination-basis
Sex discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
Private Party intervened in EEOC suit
General
Disparate Treatment
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
Defendant(s) Environmental Air Systems, 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 2001 - 2004
Case Closing Year 2001
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)
5:01-cv-00406-BO (E.D.N.C.) 09/19/2001
EE-NC-0033-9002.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 06/01/2001
EE-NC-0033-0002.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Consent Decree 09/19/2001
EE-NC-0033-0001.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Boyle, Terrence William (E.D.N.C.)
EE-NC-0033-0001
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Barnes, Lynette (North Carolina)
EE-NC-0033-0001 | EE-NC-0033-0002
Mahood, Zoe G. (North Carolina)
EE-NC-0033-0001 | EE-NC-0033-0002
Reams, Gwendolyn Young (District of Columbia)
EE-NC-0033-0001 | EE-NC-0033-0002
Weinstein, Mindy (North Carolina)
EE-NC-0033-0001 | EE-NC-0033-0002
Wetsch, Laura J. (North Carolina)
EE-NC-0033-0001
Defendant's Lawyers Cary, William P.H. (North Carolina)
EE-NC-0033-0001
Other Lawyers None on record

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