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Case Name EEOC v. BROOKLEY FURNITURE COMPANY et al EE-AL-0010
Docket / Court 1:04-cv-00623-CG-B ( S.D. Ala. )
State/Territory Alabama
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
EEOC's Birmingham, AL office filed this sexual harassment lawsuit against Brookley Furniture Company and Howard Miller Clock Company in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Alabama (Southern Division) on 09/28/2004. Brookley Furniture is a Michigan corporation that ... read more >
EEOC's Birmingham, AL office filed this sexual harassment lawsuit against Brookley Furniture Company and Howard Miller Clock Company in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Alabama (Southern Division) on 09/28/2004. Brookley Furniture is a Michigan corporation that operates a furniture factory in Mobile, Alabama. Howard Miller has been an integrated enterprise of Brookley Furniture.

EEOC alleged on behalf of an unidentified former female employee that she was subject to repeated sexual harassment from the company's general manager. EEOC withheld the employee's identity to protect her privacy. The employee was forced to resign after her supervisors took no action in response to her complaints. Following the employee's resignation, Brookley Furniture terminated both the general manager and the employee. Accordingly, EEOC made additional claims of constructive discharge and wrongful termination on behalf of the employee. In her intervening complaint, the employee also asserted state-law tort claims.

The parties engaged in 10 months of intensive discovery, during which both sides filed several motions for partial summary judgment and numerous discovery motions. The district court did not resolve any of the summary judgment motions. At the end of discovery and before jury trial, the parties proposed a settlement agreement and the court entered a consent judgment on 01/03/2006.

Under the consent decree, the defendant would pay a total of $225,000 in monetary relief to the employee and provide neutral reference for her. The decree also prohibited the defendant from engaging in sexual discrimination or retaliation in the future.

Justin Kanter - 06/17/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Content of Injunction
Discrimination Prohibition
Neutral/Positive Reference
Reporting
Retaliation Prohibition
Discrimination-area
Discharge / Constructive Discharge / Layoff
Harassment / Hostile Work Environment
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
State law
Defendant(s) Brookley Furniture Company
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 Voluntary Dismissal
Order Duration not on record
Case Closing Year 2006
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)
1:04-cv-00623-CG-B (S.D. Ala.) 01/03/2006
EE-AL-0010-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 09/28/2004
EE-AL-0010-0001.pdf | Detail
First Amended Complaint in Intevention 03/02/2005
EE-AL-0010-0008.pdf | Detail
Order [Regarding Defendants' Motion to Compel Intervenor's Social Security Disability File] 05/18/2005 (S.D. Ala.)
EE-AL-0010-0049.pdf | Detail
Order [Regarding Defs' Motion for a Protective Order, Defs' Second Motion to Compel Pla-Intervenor to Submit to an Independent Medical Examination, and Pla-Intervenor's Motion for a Protective Order] 06/03/2005 (S.D. Ala.)
EE-AL-0010-0050.pdf | Detail
Order [Regarding Pla-Intervenor's Motion to Compel] 07/15/2005 (S.D. Ala.)
EE-AL-0010-0051.pdf | Detail
Settlement Agreement 12/30/2005
EE-AL-0010-0021.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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