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Case Name EEOC v. GMRI INC (d/b/a RED LOBSTER) EE-KS-0008
Docket / Court 2:03-cv-02489-KHV-DJW ( D. Kan. )
State/Territory Kansas
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
IWPR/Wage Project Consent Decree Study
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
The St. Louis District Office of the EEOC brought this action in the U.S District Court for the District of Kansas, against GMRI, Inc. d/b/a Red Lobster, a national chain restaurant. The complaint, filed in September 2003, alleged sex discrimination in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights ... read more >
The St. Louis District Office of the EEOC brought this action in the U.S District Court for the District of Kansas, against GMRI, Inc. d/b/a Red Lobster, a national chain restaurant. The complaint, filed in September 2003, alleged sex discrimination in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Specifically, the complaint alleged that the charging party was sexually harassed by a coworker and as a result, the conditions of her employment were made so intolerable that she was forced to resign.

The charging party intervened in April 2004 and in October 2004 the parties settled and a consent decree was entered. The decree, which was valid for 2 years, required that the Defendant pay a total of $60,000 ($17,850 to the charging party for compensatory damages, $1,000 to the charging party for back pay and $41,149.20 to the charging party's lawyer for fees and costs). The decree also required the Defendant to provide mandatory EEO training for its managerial employees, post a notice of non-discrimination at its facility, and distribute said notice to every managerial employee for signature. Defendant also had to regularly report (every 6 months) to the EEOC about any internal complaints of sexual harassment.

Shankar Viswanathan - 06/21/2007


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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
Recordkeeping
Reporting
Retaliation Prohibition
Discrimination-area
Discharge / Constructive Discharge / Layoff
Harassment / Hostile Work Environment
Discrimination-basis
Sex discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
Private Party intervened in EEOC suit
General
Disparate Treatment
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
Defendant(s) GMRI, 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 2004 - 2006
Case Closing Year 2004
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)
2:03-cv-02489-KHV-DJW (D. Kan.) 10/01/2004
EE-KS-0008-9000.pdf | Detail
General Documents
Complaint 09/25/2003
EE-KS-0008-0001.pdf | Detail
Plaintiff's Complaint in Intervention 04/14/2004
EE-KS-0008-0002.pdf | Detail
Consent Decree 10/01/2004
EE-KS-0008-0003.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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