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Case Name EEOC v. CONSUMER PROGRAMS INCORPORATED (d/b/a SEARS PORTRAIT STUDIO) EE-WI-0010
Docket / Court 05-C-0747-C ( W.D. Wis. )
State/Territory Wisconsin
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
In December 2005, the Milwaukee District Office of the EEOC filed this suit against Consumer Programs Incorporated, d/b/a Sears Portrait Studio, in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin. We do not have a copy of the complaint. However, according to the consent decree, the ... read more >
In December 2005, the Milwaukee District Office of the EEOC filed this suit against Consumer Programs Incorporated, d/b/a Sears Portrait Studio, in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin. We do not have a copy of the complaint. However, according to the consent decree, the complaint alleged that the defendant violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 by discriminating against the charging party, a female employee, because of her sex and pregnancy. After some scheduling orders, the parties settled through a consent decree in July 2006.

The two-year decree, containing non-discrimination and non-retaliation clauses, required the defendant to: develop and distribute an anti-discrimination policy, provide annual Title VII training for all employees at its Wisconsin locations, post Title VII notices, report to the EEOC regarding the employment status of pregnant employees, provide the charging party with a neutral reference, and pay $36,000.

Michele Marxkors - 06/11/2007


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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
Neutral/Positive Reference
Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law
Provide antidiscrimination training
Reporting
Retaliation Prohibition
Discrimination-basis
Pregnancy discrimination
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) Consumer Programs Incorporated
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)
05-C-0747-C (W.D. Wis.) 07/18/2006
EE-WI-0010-9000.pdf | Detail
General Documents
Consent Decree and Order 07/11/2006
EE-WI-0010-0001.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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