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Case Name EEOC v. TSSO INC (d/b/a APPLEBEE'S) EE-FL-0112
Docket / Court 3:99-cv-00512-RV ( N.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
The Miami District Office filed this action in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida. The Defendant was TSSO, Inc., otherwise known as Applebee's, a nationwide restaurant chain. It was charged with discriminating on the basis of race (black) by failing to hire the ... read more >
The Miami District Office filed this action in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida. The Defendant was TSSO, Inc., otherwise known as Applebee's, a nationwide restaurant chain. It was charged with discriminating on the basis of race (black) by failing to hire the complainant and other similarly situated people as servers. The action was filed in December of 1999 and lasted until August of 2001, when it was resolved by a consent decree. The complainants never intervened in the action. One complainant was awarded $90,000, and another $5,000. The injunctive relief included a training program for all employees, changes to the company's hiring process, and posting a Notice.

Kevin Wilemon - 06/21/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Content of Injunction
Discrimination Prohibition
Follow recruitment, hiring, or promotion protocols
Monitoring
Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law
Provide antidiscrimination training
Recordkeeping
Reporting
Retaliation Prohibition
Utilize objective hiring/promotion criteria
Discrimination-area
Hiring
Discrimination-basis
Race discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
General
Disparate Treatment
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Race
Black
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
Defendant(s) T.S.S.O., Inc.
T.S.S.O., 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 2001 - 2003
Case Closing Year 2001
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)
3:99-cv-00512-RV (N.D. Fla.) 08/14/2001
EE-FL-0112-9000 PDF | Detail
General Documents
Complaint 12/23/1999
EE-FL-0112-0001 PDF | Detail
Consent Decree 08/14/2001
EE-FL-0112-0002 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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