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Case Name EEOC v. BLUEGREEN CORPORATION EE-TX-0048
Docket / Court 3:02-cv-01760 ( N.D. Tex. )
State/Territory Texas
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
In August 2002, the EEOC district office in Dallas, Texas brought this suit against the Bluegreen Corporation in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas. Two former females attempted to intervene in the case, one succeeded. The complaint states that the successful former female ... read more >
In August 2002, the EEOC district office in Dallas, Texas brought this suit against the Bluegreen Corporation in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas. Two former females attempted to intervene in the case, one succeeded. The complaint states that the successful former female employee alleged that the defendant violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 when it maintained a sexually hostile work environment, which led to her constructive discharge. After extensive discovery and a pending defense motion for summary judgment, the parties settled the case and a settlement agreement was entered in September 2006.

In the consent decree, the parties agreed that defendant would continue to implement its existing EEO policies, revise its EEO policy, post an EEO notice, provide EEO training, perform annual audits, pay the aggrieved party $51,000 in damages, and pay $34,000 in attorney's fees. The terms of the settlement ran for two years.

Joel Pettit - 06/28/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Content of Injunction
Auditing
Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law
Provide antidiscrimination training
Reporting
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) The Bluegreen Corporation
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 Voluntary Dismissal
Order Duration 2006 - 2008
Case Closing Year 2006
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)
3:02-cv-01760 (N.D. Tex.) 09/11/2006
EE-TX-0048-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 08/16/2002
EE-TX-0048-0001 PDF | Detail
Order 08/25/2003 (N.D. Tex.)
EE-TX-0048-0002 PDF | Detail
Plaintiff EEOC's First Amended Complaint 09/29/2003
EE-TX-0048-0003 PDF | Detail
Order 02/27/2004 (N.D. Tex.)
EE-TX-0048-0004 PDF | Detail
Stipulation of Voluntary Dismissal and Settlement Agreement 06/22/2004
EE-TX-0048-0006 PDF | Detail
Order of Dismissal 09/11/2006 (N.D. Tex.)
EE-TX-0048-0005 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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