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Case Name EEOC v. BRIDGESTONE/FIRESTONE NORTH AMERICAN TIRE, LLC D/B/A BRIDGES EE-TN-0015
Docket / Court 4:05-CV-60 ( E.D. Tenn )
State/Territory Tennessee
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
IWPR/Wage Project Consent Decree Study
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
In May 2004, the Memphis Office of the EEOC brought this lawsuit against Bridgestone/Firestone North American Tire, LLC in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee alleging discrimination on the basis of sex in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. ... read more >
In May 2004, the Memphis Office of the EEOC brought this lawsuit against Bridgestone/Firestone North American Tire, LLC in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee alleging discrimination on the basis of sex in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Specifically, the complaint alleged that the defendant subjected the two charging parties, female employees, to a sexually hostile work environment. The complainants intervened in the lawsuit in July 2004. Following discovery, a denied motion for summary judgment by the defendant, and transfer of the case to another court division, the parties settled the case through a consent decree in February 2006.

The two-year decree, containing anti-discrimination and retaliation clauses, required the defendant to: distribute notice of employee rights, provided EEO training for all employees, hold supervisors responsible for ensuring their work areas remain free of sexual harassment, provide written verification to the EEOC of compliance with the consent decree requirements within sixty days and pay $85,000 to be distributed among two individuals.

Daisy Manning - 10/16/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Content of Injunction
Discrimination Prohibition
Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law
Provide antidiscrimination training
Recordkeeping
Reporting
Retaliation Prohibition
Discrimination-area
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
Defendant(s) Bridgestone/Firestone Norht American Tire, 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 2006 - 2008
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)
4:05-cv-00060 (E.D. Tenn) 02/16/2006
EE-TN-0015-9000 PDF | Detail
General Documents
Complaint 05/27/2004
EE-TN-0015-0001 PDF | Detail
Complaint in Intervention 09/28/2004
EE-TN-0015-0002 PDF | Detail
Memorandum and Order [denying motion for summary judgment] 10/21/2005 (E.D. Tenn)
EE-TN-0015-0003 PDF | Detail
Consent Decree 02/16/2006
EE-TN-0015-0004 PDF | Detail
Judges Guyton, H. Bruce (E.D. Tenn) [Magistrate]
EE-TN-0015-9000
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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