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Case Name EEOC v. ACCULAB LABORATORIES INC (d/b/a ACCULAB) EE-FL-0014
Docket / Court 2:04-cv-00364-UA-SPC ( M.D. Fla. )
State/Territory Florida
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
In July 2004, the EEOC's Miami office filed this suit in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida alleging that Acculab Laboratories, Inc. had violated Title VII by exposing an employee to sexual harassment and then terminating her in retaliation of her complaints about sexual ... read more >
In July 2004, the EEOC's Miami office filed this suit in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida alleging that Acculab Laboratories, Inc. had violated Title VII by exposing an employee to sexual harassment and then terminating her in retaliation of her complaints about sexual harassment. The complainant intervened in the EEOC's suit and added a claim under the Family Medical Leave Act alleging that the defendant had unlawfully denied her medical leave based on her serious health condition multiple sclerosis. After a failed attempt at mediation in February 2006, the parties were preparing for trial until, after extensive negotiations, they agreed on a consent decree which was adopted by the court in June 2006. The decree ordered defendant to pay the complainant a total of $25,000 and enjoined the defendant from discriminating and retaliation and required the defendant to post a notice of equal employment opportunity rights, create an anti-discrimination policy, and create equal employment opportunity training programs.

Tony Friedman - 07/14/2007


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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
Retaliation
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
State Anti-Discrimination Law
Defendant(s) Acculab Laboratories, Inc.
Acculab Laboratories, 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 2006 - 2009
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)
2:04-cv-00364-UA-SPC (M.D. Fla.) 06/13/2006
EE-FL-0014-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 07/06/2004
EE-FL-0014-0001 PDF | Detail
Complaint of Intervenor Plaintiff Michelle Maus 11/29/2004
EE-FL-0014-0002 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order [Regarding Plaintiff's Oral Motion to Compel Documents] 05/22/2006 (M.D. Fla.)
EE-FL-0014-0003 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Consent Decree 06/13/2006
EE-FL-0014-0004 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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