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Case Name EEOC v. CONAM MANAGEMENT CORPORATION (d/b/a CONAM PROPERTY SERVICES LTD) EE-FL-0025
Docket / Court 3:03-cv-00837-JHM-HTS ( M.D. Fla. )
State/Territory Florida
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
EEOC's Miami, FL office filed this sex discrimination lawsuit against the defendant, Conam Management Corp. d/b/a Conam Property Services, Ltd. in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida (Jacksonville) on 09/30/2003. The defendant, headquartered in CA, managed an ... read more >
EEOC's Miami, FL office filed this sex discrimination lawsuit against the defendant, Conam Management Corp. d/b/a Conam Property Services, Ltd. in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida (Jacksonville) on 09/30/2003. The defendant, headquartered in CA, managed an apartment home at Ponte Vedra Beach, FL and other properties in Duval and St. Johns County, FL. EEOC alleged that a former female employee at the Ponte Vedra Beach property was subject to sexual harassment and retaliatory termination. A guest of the former employee's supervisor engaged in repeated, daily sexually offensive physical and verbal conduct against the employee. The defendant did nothing to correct the sexual harassment and terminated the employee for no reason. The former employee intervened in the lawsuit.

The defendant filed a motion to dismiss the case before answering the complaint. The district court judge John H. Moore II stayed the case for 60 days so that the parties could engage in good-faith efforts to resolve the claims. However, the parties failed to abide by that order and Judge Moore entered a °?show cause°± order after the 60-day stay. No sanctions were imposed on either party. A settlement was finally reached on 01/03/2005 when EEOC proposed a consent decree and the district court entered the consent decree on 01/11/2005.

Under the three-year consent decree, the defendant agreed to pay the former employee $86,000 in lost wages and compensatory damages. The defendant was also required to provide annual trainings, distribute its existing sexual harassment policies, post EEO notices, and appoint an internal coordinator for ensuring compliance with the consent decree and providing reports to the EEOC.

Yin Zheng - 07/07/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Content of Injunction
Discrimination Prohibition
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
Retaliation
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. § 2000e
State Anti-Discrimination Law
Defendant(s) Conam Management Corp.
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)
3:03-cv-00837-JHM-HTS (M.D. Fla.) 01/11/2005
EE-FL-0025-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 09/30/2003
EE-FL-0025-0001.pdf | Detail
Intervenor's Complaint and Demand for Jury Trial 01/14/2004
EE-FL-0025-0002.pdf | Detail
Order [Regarding Plaintiffs' Motion for Protective Order and to Quash] 08/30/2004 (M.D. Fla.)
EE-FL-0025-0005.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Consent Decree 01/03/2005
EE-FL-0025-0004.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
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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