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Case Name EEOC v. U.S. SIGNS EE-NY-0177
Docket / Court 01 CV 0809 ( W.D.N.Y. )
State/Territory New York
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
The EEOC's New York district office sued U.S. Signs, Inc., a national large-scale retail sign manufacturer and distributor, on November 15, 2001 in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York. The EEOC's complaint is unavailable, however the EEOC's causes of action are written in ... read more >
The EEOC's New York district office sued U.S. Signs, Inc., a national large-scale retail sign manufacturer and distributor, on November 15, 2001 in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York. The EEOC's complaint is unavailable, however the EEOC's causes of action are written in the consent decree. The EEOC alleged that U.S. Signs violated Title VII when it discriminated against the intervenor, who intervened in May 2002, based on sex (male) by creating a sexually harassing atmosphere, failed to rectify the situation when notified, and retaliated against the intervenor for his complaint by terminating him. The parties entered into a settlement conference in February 2004 and the case was resolved through consent judgment on June 29, 2004. The consent judgment stipulated that U.S. Signs would pay the intervenor $50,000 in damages, post notice of compliance with Title VII, provide Title VII training for its staff, and develop a complaint procedure for handling discrimination claims internally.

Daisy Manning - 06/04/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Male
Content of Injunction
Develop anti-discrimination policy
Discrimination Prohibition
Implement complaint/dispute resolution process
Monitoring
Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law
Provide antidiscrimination training
Reporting
Retaliation Prohibition
Discrimination-area
Discharge / Constructive Discharge / Layoff
Harassment / Hostile Work Environment
Discrimination-basis
Sex discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
General
Disparate Treatment
Retaliation
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
Defendant(s) U.S. Signs, 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 2004 - 2006
Case Closing Year 2004
Case Ongoing No
Case Listing EE-NY-0233 : DePronio v. Administaff Inc. (W.D.N.Y.)
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-00809-HKS (W.D.N.Y.) 06/30/2004
EE-NY-0177-9000.pdf | Detail
General Documents
Order (Consolidating Cases) 05/18/2004 (W.D.N.Y.)
EE-NY-0177-0003.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Consent Decree 06/29/2004
EE-NY-0177-0001.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order (Dismissing 01-00809 with prejudice) 06/30/2004 (W.D.N.Y.)
EE-NY-0177-0004.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
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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