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Case Name EEOC v. WYETH PHARMACEUTICAL EE-PA-0192
Docket / Court 2:03-cv-02967-RB ( E.D. Pa. )
State/Territory Pennsylvania
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
The Philadelphia District Office of the EEOC brought this action in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, against Wyeth Pharmaceutical. The complaint was filed in May 2003; while we do not have access to that document, we know that the EEOC alleged that Wyeth had denied the complainant a promotion ... read more >
The Philadelphia District Office of the EEOC brought this action in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, against Wyeth Pharmaceutical. The complaint was filed in May 2003; while we do not have access to that document, we know that the EEOC alleged that Wyeth had denied the complainant a promotion due to her race in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. In August 2003 the charging party intervened, adding a retaliation claim under Title VII and claims under Pennsylvania law. In January 2004 the Defendant moved for summary judgment. The Defendants motion for summary judgment was granted in party and denied in part in March 2004. 2004 WL 503417 (E.D.Pa.).

In October 2004 the parties notified the court that they had settled, and a settlement agreement was entered in November 2004. While do not have access to the settlement agreement, some of its provisions are described in the docket. Wyeth agreed not to discriminate or retaliate in violation of Title VII, and agreement would be in effect for two years, during which time the court would maintain jurisdiction in order to enforce the provisions of the agreement.

Shankar Viswanathan - 06/25/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Content of Injunction
Discrimination Prohibition
Retaliation Prohibition
Discrimination-area
Promotion
Discrimination-basis
Race discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
Private Party intervened in EEOC suit
General
Disparate Treatment
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Private Plaintiff
Race
Black
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
State Anti-Discrimination Law
Defendant(s) Wyeth Pharmaceutical
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 Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Voluntary Dismissal
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-02967-RB (E.D. Pa.) 11/08/2004
EE-PA-0192-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Opinion and Memorandum [Granting Partial Summary Judgment] 03/11/2004 (2004 WL 503417 / 2004 U.S.Dist.LEXIS 4382) (E.D. Pa.)
EE-PA-0192-0002.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Order [Dismissing Action because of settlement] 10/05/2004 (E.D. Pa.)
EE-PA-0192-0001.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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