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Case Name EEOC v. AVATAR REALTY INC & AVATAR PROPERTIES EE-FL-0010
Docket / Court 2:00-cv-00135-JES ( M.D. Fla. )
State/Territory Florida
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
The Miami District Office of the EEOC brought this action in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida, against Avatar Properties, Inc. The complaint, filed in March 2000, alleged sex discrimination in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, specifically that ... read more >
The Miami District Office of the EEOC brought this action in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida, against Avatar Properties, Inc. The complaint, filed in March 2000, alleged sex discrimination in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, specifically that Defendant had subjected the charging party to sexual harassment and she was therefore constructively discharged. The charging party intervened in September 2000 and in July 2001 the parties entered a consent decree.

The decree was valid for three years and enjoined Defendant from discriminating in violation of Title VII. Defendant was also required to pay the charging party $55,000 (for compensatory damages and attorney's fees); provide annual EEO training to its employees, post and distribute a notice of non-discrimination at its facility; and report regularly to the EEOC about its compliance with the decree and about any internal complaints of sexual harassment.

Shankar Viswanathan - 07/06/2007


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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
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
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
Defendant(s) Avater Properties, 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 2001 - 2004
Case Closing Year 2001
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)
2:00-cv-00135-JES (M.D. Fla.) 10/30/2001
EE-FL-0010-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 03/31/2000
EE-FL-0010-0001 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Amended Complaint 07/13/2000
EE-FL-0010-0002 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Amended Intervenor's Complaint 11/07/2000
EE-FL-0010-0003 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Consent Decree 07/20/2001
EE-FL-0010-0004 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order [Denying Consent Decree] 07/23/2001 (M.D. Fla.)
EE-FL-0010-0005 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judgment [With Accepted Consent Decree] 08/29/2001
EE-FL-0010-0006 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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