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Case Name EEOC v. RESOURCES FOR HUMAN DEVELOPMENT EE-PA-0139
Docket / Court 2:02-cv-07476-LDD ( 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 U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, against Resources for Human Development. The complaint, filed in September 2002, alleged sex discrimination in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 ... read more >
The Philadelphia District Office of the EEOC brought this action in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, against Resources for Human Development. The complaint, filed in September 2002, alleged sex discrimination in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; specifically that charging party had been subjected to sexual harassment, including frequent sexual advances and derogatory remarks, retaliation and constructive discharge.

In March 2004 the parties entered a consent decree which was valid for 2 years. The decree prohibited Defendant from discriminating or retaliating in violation of Title VII and required Defendant to pay charging party a total of $90,000 ($87,000 in compensatory damages and $3,000 in backpay). Defendant was also required to post and distribute a notice of non-discrimination at its facility; provide annual anti-discrimination and anti-harassment training to its managers and supervisors; draft a non-discrimination policy in English and Spanish that includes a complaint procedure designed to encourage employees to come forward with complaints regarding violations of its policy; and regularly report to the EEOC about its compliance with the decree.

Shankar Viswanathan - 06/29/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Content of Injunction
Develop anti-discrimination policy
Discrimination Prohibition
Implement complaint/dispute resolution process
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
General
Disparate Treatment
Retaliation
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
Defendant(s) Resources for Human Development, 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)
2:02-cv-07476-LDD (E.D. Pa.) 03/24/2004
EE-PA-0139-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Consent Decree 03/24/2004
EE-PA-0139-0001.pdf | Detail
EEOC Litigation Settlement Report - March 2004 05/17/2004
EE-PA-0139-0002.pdf | Detail
Office of General Counsel FY 2004 Annual Report - Summary of Accomplishments 10/18/2005
EE-PA-0139-0003.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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