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Case Name EEOC v. Whelan Security EE-MO-0097
Docket / Court 4:04CV01087 MLM ( E.D. Mo. )
State/Territory Missouri
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
In August 2004, the EEOC district office in St. Louis, Missouri brought this suit against Whelan Security, a general security firm, in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri. The complaint states that a former female employee alleged that she was fired for being pregnant, in ... read more >
In August 2004, the EEOC district office in St. Louis, Missouri brought this suit against Whelan Security, a general security firm, in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri. The complaint states that a former female employee alleged that she was fired for being pregnant, in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The case was quickly referred to mediation. The parties settled and a consent decree was entered in June 2005.

In the consent decree, the parties agreed that the defendant would pay the aggrieved party $50,000, refrain from retaliating or discriminating on the basis of sex, issue a neutral reference letter, provide EEO training, post EEO notices, implement an EEO policy, and allow the EEOC to periodically inspect its employee records. An additional $200 was awarded in attorney's fees. The terms of the agreement ran for eighteen months.

Joel Pettit - 06/22/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Content of Injunction
Discrimination Prohibition
Monitoring
Neutral/Positive Reference
Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law
Provide antidiscrimination training
Reporting
Retaliation Prohibition
Discrimination-area
Discharge / Constructive Discharge / Layoff
Discrimination-basis
Pregnancy discrimination
Sex discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
General
Disparate Treatment
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
Defendant(s) Whelan Security
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 - 2006
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)
4:04-cv-01087-HEA (E.D. Mo.) 06/06/2005
EE-MO-0097-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 08/17/2004
EE-MO-0097-0001 PDF | Detail
Consent Decree 06/06/2005
EE-MO-0097-0002 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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