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Case Name EEOC v. GOODWILL INDUSTRIES OF NORTHEAST IOWA INC EE-IA-0011
Docket / Court 6:06-cv-02033-LRR ( N.D. Iowa )
State/Territory Iowa
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
In May 2006, the Milwaukee Area Office of the EEOC brought this suit against Goodwill Industries of Northeast Iowa, Inc. in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Iowa. The complaint alleged discrimination on the basis of sex in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. ... read more >
In May 2006, the Milwaukee Area Office of the EEOC brought this suit against Goodwill Industries of Northeast Iowa, Inc. in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Iowa. The complaint alleged discrimination on the basis of sex in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Specifically, the defendant refused to hire the charging party, a female applicant, for the position of Production Worker as a result of its discriminatory hiring criteria based on sex. The parties settled the suit through a consent decree on May 15, 2006, merely three days after it was filed.

The eighteen-month decree, containing a non-discrimination clause, required the defendant to: provide Title VII training to all employees at its Northeast Iowa locations, post a Title VII notice, develop and distribute an anti-discrimination policy, report to the EEOC semi-annually, and pay the charging party $7,500.

Michele Marxkors - 06/12/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Content of Injunction
Develop anti-discrimination policy
Discrimination Prohibition
Monitoring
Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law
Provide antidiscrimination training
Reporting
Discrimination-area
Hiring
Discrimination-basis
Sex discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
General
Disparate Treatment
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
Defendant(s) Goodwill Industries of Northeast Iowa, 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 2006 - 2007
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)
6:06-cv-02033-LRR (N.D. Iowa) 05/15/2006
EE-IA-0011-9000 PDF | Detail
General Documents
Complaint 05/12/2006
EE-IA-0011-0001 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Consent Decree and Order 05/15/2006
EE-IA-0011-0002 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
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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