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Case Name EEOC v. MICRO ENCODER INC EE-WA-0053
Docket / Court 2:04-cv-02065-RSM ( W.D. Wash. )
State/Territory Washington
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
In September 2004, the Seattle District Office of the EEOC brought this suit against Micro Encoder, Inc. in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington alleging discrimination on the basis of age in violation of the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967. Specifically, the ... read more >
In September 2004, the Seattle District Office of the EEOC brought this suit against Micro Encoder, Inc. in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington alleging discrimination on the basis of age in violation of the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967. Specifically, the complaint alleged that the defendant refused to hire the charging party, a qualified individual who was fifty years old, as an engineer because of his age. After a couple of scheduling orders, the parties settled in January 2005 through a consent decree.

The three-year decree contained a non-discrimination clause and required the defendant to: revise and distribute its EEO policy, provide EEO training for all its managerial employees, expunge the charging party's personnel file of all references to the charge of discrimination, designate a hiring coordinator to supervise the hiring process, report to the EEOC on an annual basis, post a notice of the decree, and pay $82,750 to the charging party.

Michele Marxkors - 07/03/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Content of Injunction
Discrimination Prohibition
Expungement of Employment Record
Monitoring
Other requirements regarding hiring, promotion, retention
Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law
Provide antidiscrimination training
Reporting
Utilize objective hiring/promotion criteria
Discrimination-area
Hiring
Discrimination-basis
Age discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
General
Disparate Treatment
Pattern or Practice
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Causes of Action Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), 29 U.S.C. ยงยง 621 et seq.
Defendant(s) Micro Encoder, 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 2005 - 2008
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)
2:04-cv-02065-RSM (W.D. Wash.) 01/28/2005
EE-WA-0053-9000 PDF | Detail
General Documents
Complaint 09/30/2004
EE-WA-0053-0001 PDF | Detail
Consent Decree 01/25/2005
EE-WA-0053-0002 PDF | Detail
EEOC Litigation Settlement Report [January 2005] 01/31/2005
EE-WA-0053-0003 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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