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Case Name EEOC v. Best Buy Here Pay Here EE-MO-0016
Docket / Court 3:06-CV-05096 ( W.D. Mo. )
State/Territory Missouri
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
In September 2006, the Saint Louis District Office and Kansas City Area Office of the EEOC filed this lawsuit against the dealership Best Buy Here Pay Here, L.L.C., Best Motor Company

Leasing, Inc., and Bryan Hunt, doing business as Best Buy Here Pay Here in the U.S. District Court for ... read more >
In September 2006, the Saint Louis District Office and Kansas City Area Office of the EEOC filed this lawsuit against the dealership Best Buy Here Pay Here, L.L.C., Best Motor Company

Leasing, Inc., and Bryan Hunt, doing business as Best Buy Here Pay Here in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri alleging discrimination on the basis of gender in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Specifically, the complaint alleged the defendant subjected the complainant to a sexually hostile work environment and terminated her employment following opposition to the practice. The complaining party intervened in the lawsuit in November 2006. Following dismissal of two of the parties to the lawsuit and some discovery, the remaining parties settled the lawsuit in September 2007 through a consent decree.

The three-year decree, containing anti-discrimination and retaliation provisions, required the defendant to: report on complaints and make other compliance reports, allow the EEOC access for monitoring, provide a neutral reference for the complainant, post and distribute notice of employee rights, provide EEO training, terminate a specified individual, and pay $29,000 to the complainant and her attorney.

David Friedman - 05/08/2008


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Content of Injunction
Discrimination Prohibition
Monitoring
Neutral/Positive Reference
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
Private Party intervened in EEOC suit
General
Disparate Treatment
Pattern or Practice
Retaliation
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
State Anti-Discrimination Law
Defendant(s) Best Buy Here Pay Here, LLC
Best Motor Company
Bryan Hunt
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)
3:06-cv-05096-GAF (W.D. Mo.) 09/11/2007
EE-MO-0016-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 09/28/2006
EE-MO-0016-0001 PDF | Detail
Complaint of Intervenor Camie Neal 11/08/2006
EE-MO-0016-0002 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order of Dismissal 02/09/2007 (W.D. Mo.)
EE-MO-0016-0003 PDF | Detail
Amended Consent Decree 09/11/2007
EE-MO-0016-0004 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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