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Case Name EEOC v. KEY ENERGY SERVICES, INC. EE-NM-0028
Docket / Court 1:02-cv-00354-JAP-LFG ( D.N.M. )
State/Territory New Mexico
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
In March 2002, the Phoenix District Office of the EEOC (with participation from the Albuquerque District Office) brought this suit against Key Four Corners, Inc. (d/b/a Key Energy Services, Inc., Four Corners Division) in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Mexico alleging violation of ... read more >
In March 2002, the Phoenix District Office of the EEOC (with participation from the Albuquerque District Office) brought this suit against Key Four Corners, Inc. (d/b/a Key Energy Services, Inc., Four Corners Division) in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Mexico alleging violation of the Equal Pay Act of 1963 ("EPA") and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Specifically, the defendant paid the charging party, a female employee, lower wages than at least one male employee for performing substantially the same work. In addition, the defendant retaliated against the charging party after she complained about the discrimination. In April 2002, the charging party filed a motion to intervene. However, the motion was never resolved, and the parties settled in June 2002 through a consent decree.

The two-year decree, containing non-discrimination and non-retaliation clauses, required the defendant to: increase the charging party's annual salary, provide her with a neutral employment reference, review and revise its anti-discrimination policies, post a notice of the decree, provide Title VII and EPA training, report to the EEOC at specified intervals, and pay the charging party $125,000.

Michele Marxkors - 06/28/2007


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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
Monitoring
Neutral/Positive Reference
Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law
Provide antidiscrimination training
Recordkeeping
Reporting
Retaliation Prohibition
Discrimination-area
Other Conditions of Employment (including assignment, transfer, hours, working conditions, etc)
Pay / Benefits
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. § 2000e
Equal Pay Act, 29 U.S.C. § 206(d)
Defendant(s) Key Four Corners, 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 2002 - 2004
Case Closing Year 2002
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)
1:02-cv-00354-JAP-LFG (D.N.M.) 06/14/2002
EE-NM-0028-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 03/28/2002
EE-NM-0028-0001.pdf | Detail
Consent Decree 06/14/2002
EE-NM-0028-0002.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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