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Case Name EEOC v. EASTERN ENGINEERED WOOD PRODUCTS INC. EE-PA-0062
Docket / Court 2:05-cv-04786-CG ( E.D. Pa. )
State/Territory Pennsylvania
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
On September 7, 2005, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission brought this action in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 against Eastern Engineered Wood Products (EEWP). The charging party (who had complained to the EEOC) was the Vice President ... read more >
On September 7, 2005, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission brought this action in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 against Eastern Engineered Wood Products (EEWP). The charging party (who had complained to the EEOC) was the Vice President of EEWP. The EEOC asked the court for injunctive relief and monetary damages, claiming that the defendant's employees had engaged in sexual harassment and retaliation. Specifically, the EEOC alleged that the charging party was subjected to unwelcome sexual advances from one of company's owners, and when he complained of sexual harassment, he was harassed by co-workers. Because of the hostile work environment, the Vice President was constructively discharged.

On November 9, 2005, the court granted the former Vice President's motion to intervene in the suit. A separate action filed by the EEOC against EEWP on behalf of the company's former President, who was discharged after he investigated the discrimination claims discussed in the present action, was consolidated with this case on February 10, 2006 for trial purposes.

The court dismissed the case with prejudice on May 24, 2006 as parties had reached a settlement agreement. The Consent Decree, which took effect on May 26, 2006, resolved both the case brought by the EEOC on behalf of the EEWP's former Vice President and the consolidated case brought on behalf of the EEWP's former President. The settlement stipulated that EEWP would be enjoined from violating Title VII and from retaliating against any person because of their cooperation with the EEOC's investigation. EEWP was also required to implement a sexual harassment and retaliation training program for its employees. EEWP's former President was awarded $1,900,000 and EEWP's former Vice President was awarded $1,200,000.

Jennifer Gitter - 03/20/2013


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Male
Content of Injunction
Develop anti-discrimination policy
Discrimination Prohibition
Implement complaint/dispute resolution process
Provide antidiscrimination training
Retaliation Prohibition
Defendant-type
Retailer
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. ยง 2000e
Defendant(s) Eastern Engineered Wood Products
Plaintiff Description The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the former Vice President of a wood products company that was a victim of sexual harassment and retaliation.
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 2006 - 2008
Case Closing Year 2006
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)
2:05-cv-04786-CG (E.D. Pa.) 06/13/2006
EE-PA-0062-9000.pdf | Detail
General Documents
Complaint 09/07/2005
EE-PA-0062-0001.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Complaint in Intervention 11/15/2005
EE-PA-0062-0002.pdf | Detail
Consent Decree 05/18/2006
EE-PA-0062-0003.pdf | Detail
EEOC Litigation Settlement Report (June 2006) 06/30/2006
EE-PA-0062-0004.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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