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Case Name EEOC v. EASTERN MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY EE-MI-0049
Docket / Court 2:98-cv-71806-NGE ( E.D. Mich. )
State/Territory Michigan
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
IWPR/Wage Project Consent Decree Study
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
In April 1998, the Detroit District Office of the EEOC filed this suit against Eastern Michigan University in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan alleging discrimination on the basis of sex in violation of the Equal Pay Act (EPA) and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 ... read more >
In April 1998, the Detroit District Office of the EEOC filed this suit against Eastern Michigan University in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan alleging discrimination on the basis of sex in violation of the Equal Pay Act (EPA) and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. We do not have a copy of the complaint. However, according to an EEOC press release, the complaint alleged that the charging party, a female professor, was paid less than her male colleagues for performing essentially the same work. The charging party attempted to intervene in the suit in January 1999, but her request was denied in February 1999. In June 1999, the defendant filed a motion for summary judgment. After this motion was denied in September 1999, the parties settled through a consent decree in April 2000.

The eighteen-month decree, containing non-discrimination and non-retaliation clauses, required the defendant to provide Title VII and EPA training for all of its management and personnel staff who had an impact on hiring and compensation decisions and to post a notice of EPA rights. In addition, the defendant agreed to raise the charging party's salary and to pay her a total of $100,000.

Kevin Wilemon - 06/07/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Content of Injunction
Discrimination Prohibition
Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law
Provide antidiscrimination training
Reporting
Retaliation Prohibition
Discrimination-area
Pay / Benefits
Discrimination-basis
Sex discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
General
Disparate Treatment
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Causes of Action Equal Pay Act, 29 U.S.C. ยง 206(d)
Defendant(s) Eastern Michigan University
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 2000 - 2001
Case Closing Year 2000
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)
2:98-cv-71806-NGE (E.D. Mich.) 04/26/2000
EE-MI-0049-9000.pdf | Detail
General Documents
Consent Decree 04/26/2000
EE-MI-0049-0002.pdf | Detail
EEOC Press Release 04/27/2000
EE-MI-0049-0001.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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