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Case Name EEOC v. INTRACOASTAL HEALTH et al EE-FL-0065
Docket / Court 9:99-cv-08707-WPD ( S.D. Fla. )
State/Territory Florida
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
IWPR/Wage Project Consent Decree Study
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
In September 1999, the EEOC's Miami District Office brought suit in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, against Intracoastal Health Systems and St. Mary's Hospital. The complaint alleged the female employees at the defendants' West Palm Beach facility were given reduced ... read more >
In September 1999, the EEOC's Miami District Office brought suit in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, against Intracoastal Health Systems and St. Mary's Hospital. The complaint alleged the female employees at the defendants' West Palm Beach facility were given reduced workloads because of their sex and were forced to change shifts to accommodate male employees, in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act.

One of the female employees intervened as a plaintiff, and in February 2000 the case was consolidated by consent motion with a separate action that she had previously brought against the defendants (9:99-cv-08053). The case was referred to mediation, which resulted in a settlement. In February 2001, a consent decree was entered. The defendants agreed to pay a total of $90,000 and were ordered to distribute their anti-discrimination policy and to provide training in anti-discrimination law for shift schedulers.

Shankar Viswanathan - 06/05/2008


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Content of Injunction
Discrimination Prohibition
Monitoring
Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law
Provide antidiscrimination training
Recordkeeping
Reporting
Retaliation Prohibition
Discrimination-area
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
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
Defendant(s) Intracoastal Health Systems, Inc.
St. Mary's Hospital, 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 2001 - 2004
Case Closing Year 2001
Case Ongoing No
Case Listing EE-FL-0151 : Swain v. Intracoastal Health Systems, Inc. (S.D. Fla.)
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)
9:99-cv-08707-WPD (S.D. Fla.) 02/07/2001
EE-FL-0065-9000.pdf | Detail
General Documents
Complaint 09/22/1999
EE-FL-0065-0001.pdf | Detail
Intervenor Dorothy Henderson Swain's Complaint 12/16/1999
EE-FL-0065-0002.pdf | Detail
Order Consolidating the Actions; Order Denying Motion for Partial Summary Judgment 02/14/2000 (S.D. Fla.)
EE-FL-0065-0005.pdf | Detail
Consent Decree 02/05/2001
EE-FL-0065-0003.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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