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Case Name EEOC v. NATIVE ANGELS HOMECARE AGENCY INC EE-NC-0076
Docket / Court 7:06-cv-00083-FL ( 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 2006, the EEOC's Charlotte District Office (with participation from the Raleigh Area Office) filed this suit against Native Angels Homecare Agency, Inc. in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina. The complaint alleged discrimination on the basis of religion in ... read more >
In June 2006, the EEOC's Charlotte District Office (with participation from the Raleigh Area Office) filed this suit against Native Angels Homecare Agency, Inc. in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina. The complaint alleged discrimination on the basis of religion in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Specifically, the defendant forced the charging party, a female employee, to participate in its "prayer circle" in violation of her religion, Jehovah's Witness. In addition, the defendant retaliated against the charging party by terminating her when she refused to participate in the "prayer circle." The parties participated in some discovery before settling the case in March 2007 through a consent decree.

The three-year decree, containing both non-discrimination and non-retaliation clauses, required the defendant to provide the charging party with a neutral reference, expunge her personnel file of all references to discrimination, and pay her $25,000. In addition, the defendant was prohibited from forcing any employee to participate in a religion-based activity as a condition of employment. The defendant also agreed to: develop and distribute an anti-discrimination policy, post a copy of the policy, provide annual Title VII training for all employees, and report to the EEOC on its compliance every six months.

Michele Marxkors - 06/07/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Content of Injunction
Develop anti-discrimination policy
Discrimination Prohibition
Expungement of Employment Record
Monitoring
Neutral/Positive Reference
Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law
Provide antidiscrimination training
Reporting
Retaliation Prohibition
Discrimination-area
Discharge / Constructive Discharge / Layoff
Discrimination-basis
Religion 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) Native Angels Homecare Agency, 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 2007 - 2010
Case Closing Year 2007
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)
7:06-cv-00083-FL (E.D.N.C.) 03/29/2007
EE-NC-0076-9000.pdf | Detail
General Documents
Complaint 06/01/2006
EE-NC-0076-0001.pdf | Detail
Consent Decree 03/22/2007
EE-NC-0076-0002.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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