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Case Name EEOC v. WOODMEN OF THE WORLD LIFE INSURANCE SOCIETY AND/OR OMAHA WOODMEN LIFE INSURANCE SOCIETY EE-NE-0017
Docket / Court 8:03-cv-00165-JFB-TDT ( D. Neb. )
State/Territory Nebraska
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
In April 2003, the Denver District Office and Dallas, Saint Louis, and Washington, DC Offices of the EEOC brought this lawsuit against Woodmen of the World Life Insurance Society, also known as Omaha Woodmen Life Insurance Society, in the U.S. District Court for the District of Nebraska alleging ... read more >
In April 2003, the Denver District Office and Dallas, Saint Louis, and Washington, DC Offices of the EEOC brought this lawsuit against Woodmen of the World Life Insurance Society, also known as Omaha Woodmen Life Insurance Society, in the U.S. District Court for the District of Nebraska alleging discrimination on the basis of gender, female, and retaliation in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Specifically, the complaint alleged the defendants subjected the complaining party to a sexually hostile work environment and demoted her in retaliation for her opposition of this practice. The complainant intervened in the lawsuit in October 2003. Following a contentious discovery period, including a failed motion to dismiss by the defendant in August 2004, failed motion for summary judgment by the defendant in February 2007, and several two interlocutory appeals to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eight Circuit, the parties settled the lawsuit in July 2007 through a settlement agreement. We do not have a copy of the decree; therefore, the exact remedies involved are unknown.

Daisy Manning - 06/11/2008


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Discrimination-area
Demotion
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) Woodmen of the World Life Insurance Society
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 Unknown
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Voluntary Dismissal
Order Duration not on record
Case Closing Year 2007
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)
06-1522 (U.S. Court of Appeals) 05/17/2007
EE-NE-0017-9001.pdf | Detail
8:03-cv-00165-JFB-TDT (D. Neb.) 07/24/2007
EE-NE-0017-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint and Jury Trial Demand 04/29/2003
EE-NE-0017-0001.pdf | Detail
Amended Complaint and Jury Trial Demand 05/22/2003
EE-NE-0017-0002.pdf | Detail
Memorandum and Order [Denying Defendant's Motion to Dismiss or in the Alternative for Summary Judgment] 03/17/2004 (2004 WL 534046) (D. Neb.)
EE-NE-0017-0009.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Memorandum and Order [Denying Motion to Dismiss, Granting Motion to Compel Arbitration, Dismissing Plaintiff's Cross-Claim] 08/17/2004 (330 F.Supp.2d 1049) (D. Neb.)
EE-NE-0017-0007.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Google Scholar
Memorandum and Order [Granting Motions for Relief, Granting Motion to Respond, Denying Woodmen's Motion to Compel] 08/25/2005 (2005 WL 2180071) (D. Neb.)
EE-NE-0017-0010.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Order [Granting in Part and Denying in Part the Defendant's Motion for Leave to Issue Subpoenas Duces Tecum] 02/01/2007 (2006 WL 649298) (D. Neb.)
EE-NE-0017-0011.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Memorandum and Order [Denying Defendant's Motions for Summary Judgment] 02/28/2007 (2007 WL 1544743) (D. Neb.)
EE-NE-0017-0003.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Mandate/Judgment from USCA [Reversing and Remanding the Decision of the District Court] 03/09/2007 (479 F.3d 561)
EE-NE-0017-0008.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Google Scholar
Order [Granting 193 Plaintiff's Motion to Compel] 03/15/2007 (D. Neb.)
EE-NE-0017-0004.pdf | Detail
Order [Granting and Part and Denying in Part 190 Plaintiff's Motion to Compel] 03/23/2007 (D. Neb.)
EE-NE-0017-0005.pdf | Detail
Order 07/24/2007 (D. Neb.)
EE-NE-0017-0006.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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