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Case Name EEOC v. KFC U.S. PROPERTIES d/b/a KFC EE-MD-0065
Docket / Court 8:03-cv-02784-AW ( D. Md. )
State/Territory Maryland
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
EEOC's Baltimore, MD office filed this Title VII sexual harassment lawsuit against the defendant KFC U.S. Properties, Inc. dba KFC on 09/30/2003. The lawsuit was filed at the United States District Court for the District of Maryland (Greenbelt). EEOC alleged on behalf of a former female employee ... read more >
EEOC's Baltimore, MD office filed this Title VII sexual harassment lawsuit against the defendant KFC U.S. Properties, Inc. dba KFC on 09/30/2003. The lawsuit was filed at the United States District Court for the District of Maryland (Greenbelt). EEOC alleged on behalf of a former female employee that she was subject to a sexually hostile work environment and that she was wrongfully terminated for opposing the practice. The individual complainant intervened in the lawsuit.

EEOC initially listed YUM! Brands, Inc. as the defendant and corrected it to KFC US in an amended complaint. Soon after that the parties reached a settlement agreement. A consent decree was entered into the judgment on 07/19/2004.

Under the two-year consent decree, the defendant agreed to pay the individual complainant $25,000 as back pay and compensatory damages. The defendant was also required to hold an hour training for all employees at the specific store and report sexual harassment complaints to the EEOC every 90 days.

Yin Zheng - 08/11/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Content of Injunction
Discrimination Prohibition
Monitoring
Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law
Provide antidiscrimination training
Reporting
Retaliation Prohibition
Discrimination-area
Discharge / Constructive Discharge / Layoff
Harassment / Hostile Work Environment
Other Conditions of Employment (including assignment, transfer, hours, working conditions, etc)
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. ยง 2000e
Defendant(s) KFC U.S. 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 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)
8:03-cv-02784-AW (D. Md.) 07/19/2004
EE-MD-0065-9000.pdf | Detail
General Documents
Complaint 09/30/2003
EE-MD-0065-0001.pdf | Detail
Amended Complaint 02/10/2004
EE-MD-0065-0002.pdf | Detail
Complaint [Intervenor-Plaintiff] 03/05/2004
EE-MD-0065-0003.pdf | Detail
Consent Decree 07/07/2004
EE-MD-0065-0004.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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