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Case Name EEOC v. PROLEASE HR, INC., ET AL. EE-MD-0094
Docket / Court 1:03-cv-02240-AMD ( D. Md. )
State/Territory Maryland
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
EEOC's Baltimore, MD office filed this sexual harassment and retaliation lawsuit against the defendants, Valleywood Industries, Inc. (dba Pallet Masters) and Prolease HR, Inc. (dba Intraforce) in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland (Baltimore) on 08/01/2003.

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EEOC's Baltimore, MD office filed this sexual harassment and retaliation lawsuit against the defendants, Valleywood Industries, Inc. (dba Pallet Masters) and Prolease HR, Inc. (dba Intraforce) in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland (Baltimore) on 08/01/2003.

EEOC alleged on behalf of a former female employee at defendants' Baltimore facility that the defendants condoned her supervisor's sexual harassment conduct inflicted on her, including inappropriate physical and verbal conduct. The EEOC also claimed that the hostile work environment resulted in the constructive discharge of the employee.

A one-year consent decree was entered on 04/13/2004. Under the decree, the defendants would pay the former employee $30,000 in back pay. Additionally, the defendants were prohibited from discriminating and retaliating on the basis of sex. The defendants must provide training to all employees and institute a confidential complaint process where employees can complain to an outside official. The complaint process must be posted and distributed to all employees. The defendants were also required to post notice of the lawsuit for 180 days at all its facilities.

Yin Zheng - 06/17/2007


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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
Implement complaint/dispute resolution process
Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law
Provide antidiscrimination training
Reporting
Retaliation Prohibition
Discrimination-area
Discharge / Constructive Discharge / Layoff
Harassment / Hostile Work Environment
Discrimination-basis
Sex discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
General
Disparate Treatment
Retaliation
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
Defendant(s) Valleywood Industries, 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 2004 - 2005
Case Closing Year 2004
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)
1:03-cv-02240-AMD (D. Md.) 04/13/2004
EE-MD-0094-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 08/01/2003
EE-MD-0094-0001 PDF | Detail
Amended Complaint 10/03/2003
EE-MD-0094-0002 PDF | Detail
Consent Decree 04/13/2004
EE-MD-0094-0003 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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