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Case Name EEOC v. WALPOLE INC EE-FL-0121
Docket / Court 8:99-cv-00999-RAL ( M.D. Fla. )
State/Territory Florida
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
In April 1999, the EEOC's Miami District Office filed this suit against Walpole, Inc. in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida alleging discrimination in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Specifically, the complaint alleged that the defendant subjected ... read more >
In April 1999, the EEOC's Miami District Office filed this suit against Walpole, Inc. in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida alleging discrimination in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Specifically, the complaint alleged that the defendant subjected the charging party, a Black employee, to a hostile work environment because of his race and retaliated against him by terminating his employment after he complained of the harassment. The charging party intervened in the suit in July 1999. A couple weeks later, the defendant filed a motion to dismiss. However, the motion was denied as moot because the parties settled through a consent decree in August 1999.

The decree had a one year duration and contained non-discrimination and non-retaliation clauses. Under the terms of the decree, the defendant agreed to: provide Title VII training for all its managers and supervisors, post a Title VII notice, retain relevant employment records, and pay $5,000 to the charging party.

Michele Marxkors - 06/26/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Content of Injunction
Discrimination Prohibition
Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law
Provide antidiscrimination training
Recordkeeping
Reporting
Retaliation Prohibition
Discrimination-area
Discharge / Constructive Discharge / Layoff
Harassment / Hostile Work Environment
Discrimination-basis
Race discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
Private Party intervened in EEOC suit
General
Disparate Treatment
Retaliation
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Private Plaintiff
Race
Black
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
Defendant(s) Walpole, Inc.
Plaintiff Description Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, on behalf of one or more workers.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations EEOC
Class action status sought None on record
Class action status granted None on record
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 1999 - 2000
Case Closing Year 1999
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)
8:99-cv-00999-RAL (M.D. Fla.) 08/25/1999
EE-FL-0121-9000.pdf | Detail
General Documents
Complaint 04/27/1999
EE-FL-0121-0001.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Complaint of Steve M. Colbourne [Plaintiff-Intervenor] 07/17/1999
EE-FL-0121-0002.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Consent Decree 08/25/1999
EE-FL-0121-0003.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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