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Case Name EEOC v. PATTERSON COMPANIES INC et al EE-FL-0094
Docket / Court 6:04-cv-01423-JA-KRS ( M.D. Fla. )
State/Territory Florida
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
In September 2004, the Tampa and Miami offices of the EEOC brought this Title VII suit against Patterson Companies, Inc. and Patterson Dental Supply, Inc. in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida. The complaint alleged that the defendant subjected the claimant to sexual ... read more >
In September 2004, the Tampa and Miami offices of the EEOC brought this Title VII suit against Patterson Companies, Inc. and Patterson Dental Supply, Inc. in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida. The complaint alleged that the defendant subjected the claimant to sexual harassment and retaliation because of her sex. More specifically, one of the claimant's co-workers sexually harassed the claimant and the defendant did not take prompt corrective action for harassment that they were aware or should have been aware of its occurrence. The defendant retaliated against the claimant for complaining of the sexual harassment by placing her on a "performance plan" which caused her constructive discharge. The case settled by entry of a consent decree in December 2005.

The three year consent decree required the defendant to refrain from discrimination and retaliation; establish a written policy against sexual harassment; provide training for all of its employees; post notice of the defendant's compliance with Title VII; keep all employment and/or investigative records relating to any complaint of sexual harassment; give the EEOC annual reports on compliance with the decree; and pay the claimant $150,000 in back pay, damages, and attorney's fees.

Kevin Wilemon - 06/18/2007


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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
Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law
Provide antidiscrimination training
Recordkeeping
Reporting
Retaliation Prohibition
Discrimination-area
Discharge / Constructive Discharge / Layoff
Harassment / Hostile Work Environment
Other Conditions of Employment (including assignment, transfer, hours, working conditions, etc)
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
State Anti-Discrimination Law
Defendant(s) Patterson Companies, Inc.
Patterson Dental Supply, 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 2005 - 2008
Case Closing Year 2005
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)
6:04-cv-01423-JA-KRS (M.D. Fla.) 12/05/2005
EE-FL-0094-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 09/28/2004
EE-FL-0094-0001 PDF | Detail
Amended Complaint 11/22/2004
EE-FL-0094-0002 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Amended Complaint [Terri Wallace] 12/23/2004
EE-FL-0094-0003 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Consent Decree 12/05/2005
EE-FL-0094-0004 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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