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Case Name EEOC v. AWARENESS TECHNOLOGY, INC. EE-FL-0011
Docket / Court 2:06-cv-14176-JEM ( S.D. Fla. )
State/Territory Florida
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
On June 30, 2006, the Boca Raton, Miami, and Tampa offices of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed a lawsuit under Title VII against Awareness Technology, Inc. in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida. The EEOC alleged that the defendants had violated the rights ... read more >
On June 30, 2006, the Boca Raton, Miami, and Tampa offices of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed a lawsuit under Title VII against Awareness Technology, Inc. in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida. The EEOC alleged that the defendants had violated the rights of the complainant by subjecting her to harassment because she was pregnant and by retaliating against her for complaining about the harassment.

On December 7, 2006, the case was referred to mediation, and it settled during mediation on June 12, 2007. The parties entered a consent decree with the court on June 29, 2007, and the court adopted it and dismissed the case on July 3, 2007. Under the terms of the consent decree, which was to last for three years, the defendants were prohibited from discriminating or retaliating against any employee illegally. The defendants agreed to post and distribute notice of the employees' equal employment opportunity rights. They also agreed to conduct annual training of all employees regarding EEO laws, policies, and procedures. The first training session was to be held within 60 days of the entry of the consent decree. This training was to be conducted by a pre-approved trainer from Indian River Community College.

The defendants agreed to file bi-annual reports to the EEOC regarding their compliance with the terms of the consent decree for three years following the entry of the decree, and they agreed to forward a copy of their revised anti-discrimination policy to the EEOC for review. In addition, the defendants were required to submit a report on the training session within 10 days of when it took place. They agreed to provide the EEOC with copies of any written or printed materials to be used at the training session 10 days before they were distributed. Finally, the EEOC was to have the right to conduct private phone interviews with the defendant's employees in order to ensure compliance with the decree.

Kristen Sagar - 04/28/2008


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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
Monitoring
Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law
Provide antidiscrimination training
Recordkeeping
Reporting
Retaliation Prohibition
Discrimination-area
Demotion
Discharge / Constructive Discharge / Layoff
Harassment / Hostile Work Environment
Discrimination-basis
Pregnancy discrimination
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) Awareness Technology, 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 2007 - 2010
Case Closing Year 2007
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)
2:06-cv-14176-JEM (S.D. Fla.) 07/16/2007
EE-FL-0011-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 07/05/2006
EE-FL-0011-0001.pdf | Detail
Consent Decree 06/29/2007
EE-FL-0011-0002.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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