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Case Name EEOC v. Fugleberg Koch Architects, Inc. EE-FL-0054
Docket / Court 6:01-cv-00179-GAP ( M.D. Fla. )
State/Territory Florida
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
In February 2001, the EEOC district office in Miami, Florida brought this suit against Fugleberg Koch Architects, Inc. in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida. A former employee alleged discrimination and retaliation based on his religion, Jewish, in violation of Title VII of ... read more >
In February 2001, the EEOC district office in Miami, Florida brought this suit against Fugleberg Koch Architects, Inc. in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida. A former employee alleged discrimination and retaliation based on his religion, Jewish, in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Specifically, the complaints alleged that the employee (who intervened in the suit as a plaintiff) was subjected to racial slurs, jokes, derogatory questions, derogatory comments, and drawing of swastikas at work. After the parties attended mediation in March 2002, a consent decree was entered in April of that same year.

In the consent decree, the parties agreed that the defendant would pay the former employee $55,728 in compensatory damages, pay $44,272 for attorney's fees, refrain from retaliating or discriminating based on religion, post and distribute EEO notices, provide all its employees with EEO training, allow the EEOC to randomly interview staff for compliance, submit semiannual reports to to the EEOC, and appoint the HR Director to coordinate all compliance measures. The terms of the decree ran for three years.

Jason Chester - 06/15/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Content of Injunction
Discrimination Prohibition
Monitoring
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
Religion 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
State law
State Anti-Discrimination Law
Defendant(s) Fugleberg Koch Architects, 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 2002 - 2005
Case Closing Year 2002
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)
6:01-cv-00179-GAP (M.D. Fla.) 04/15/2002
EE-FL-0054-9000 PDF | Detail
General Documents
Complaint 02/12/2001
EE-FL-0054-0001 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Intervenor Amended Complaint 04/25/2001
EE-FL-0054-0002 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order of Dismissal Without Prejudice 03/07/2002 (M.D. Fla.)
EE-FL-0054-0003 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Consent Decree 04/15/2002
EE-FL-0054-0004 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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