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Case Name EEOC v. THOMPSON & WARD LEASING CO INC et al EE-FL-0116
Docket / Court 3:00-cv-01084-HES ( M.D. Fla. )
State/Territory Florida
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
In September 2000, the Tampa Area Office of the EEOC (with participation from the Miami District Office) brought this suit against Thompson & Ward Leasing Co., Inc. and Physicians Leasing Co., Inc. (d/b/a Physicians Leasing Co. of Ohio) in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida ... read more >
In September 2000, the Tampa Area Office of the EEOC (with participation from the Miami District Office) brought this suit against Thompson & Ward Leasing Co., Inc. and Physicians Leasing Co., Inc. (d/b/a Physicians Leasing Co. of Ohio) in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida alleging discrimination on the basis of sex in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Specifically, the complaint alleged that the defendant subjected the charging party, a female employee, and other similarly situated female employees to a sexually hostile work environment consisting of unwelcome sexual comments, pornography, and physical touching. In addition, the defendant retaliated against the charging party by subjecting her to disparate terms and conditions of employment and eventually terminating her because she complained of the harassment. The charging party intervened in the suit in January 2001. After some discovery, the defendants filed two motions for summary judgment in November 2001, followed a day later by a partial motion for summary judgment by the plaintiffs. All three motions were denied in January 2002. The parties participated in mediation in March 2002. Shortly after, they filed a proposed consent decree with the court in late April and settled through a consent decree in June 2002.

The three-year decree, containing non-discrimination and non-retaliation clauses, required the defendants to: distribute their sexual harassment policies to employees, provide annual sexual harassment training for their managers and supervisors, report to the EEOC at specified intervals, post a notice of the decree, and pay $45,000.

Michele Marxkors - 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
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) Physicians Leasing Co., Inc.
Thompson & Ward Leasing Co., 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 2002 - 2005
Case Closing Year 2002
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)
3:00-cv-01084-HES (M.D. Fla.) 06/19/2002
EE-FL-0116-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 09/29/2000
EE-FL-0116-0001 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Intervening Complaint 01/16/2001
EE-FL-0116-0002 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order [Regarding Motions for Summary Judgment] 01/07/2002 (M.D. Fla.)
EE-FL-0116-0003 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Amended Complaint 01/07/2002
EE-FL-0116-0004 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Amended Intervening Complaint 01/07/2002
EE-FL-0116-0005 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Consent Decree 06/19/2002
EE-FL-0116-0006 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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