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Case Name EEOC v. NORRIS AUTOMOTIVE HOLDINGS LLC (d/b/a NORRIS FORD) EE-MD-0084
Docket / Court 1:06-CV-01671-AMD ( D. Md. )
State/Territory Maryland
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
The Baltimore district office of the EEOC brought this suit against Norris Automotive Holdings (dba Norris Ford) in June 2006, in the District Court of Maryland. The complaint alleged that two female employees were subjected to sexual harassment by their manager and were discharged for complaining ... read more >
The Baltimore district office of the EEOC brought this suit against Norris Automotive Holdings (dba Norris Ford) in June 2006, in the District Court of Maryland. The complaint alleged that two female employees were subjected to sexual harassment by their manager and were discharged for complaining about the harassment. The two complainants intervened in the EEOC's suit. In February 2007, the parties consented to settlement talks with a magistrate judge. A settlement conference was held in June 2007. The intervening parties withdrew from the suit in July 2007.

A consent decree between the EEOC and the Defendant was entered into in September 2007. The consent decree required the Defendant to pay $50,000 in alleged compensatory damages to each complainant. The Defendant was required to expunge the personnel records of both complainants and provide neutral reference requests. The Defendant also had to provide training to its managers and post a notice to employees.

Kevin Wilemon - 05/14/2008


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Content of Injunction
Discrimination Prohibition
Expungement of Employment Record
Monitoring
Neutral/Positive Reference
Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law
Provide antidiscrimination training
Recordkeeping
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
Retaliation
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
Defendant(s) Norris Automotive Holdings, LLC
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)
1:06-cv-01671-AMD (D. Md.) 09/24/2007
EE-MD-0084-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 06/29/2006
EE-MD-0084-0001 PDF | Detail
Complaint Upon Intervention [Christina Korenstra] 12/21/2006
EE-MD-0084-0003 PDF | Detail
Complaint Upon Intervention [Barbara Kate Dabbs] 12/22/2006
EE-MD-0084-0002 PDF | Detail
Consent Decree 09/24/2007
EE-MD-0084-0004 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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