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Case Name EEOC v. Metro Specialties EE-MI-0118
Docket / Court 2:05CV72516 ( E.D. Mich. )
State/Territory Michigan
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
EEOC's Detroit, MI office filed this sex discrimination lawsuit against the defendant, Metro Specialties, Inc. in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan (Detroit) on 06/24/2005. EEOC alleged that the defendant failed to prevent and correct sexually hostile ... read more >
EEOC's Detroit, MI office filed this sex discrimination lawsuit against the defendant, Metro Specialties, Inc. in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan (Detroit) on 06/24/2005. EEOC alleged that the defendant failed to prevent and correct sexually hostile environment suffered by a former female employee at its Monroe, MI facility, which caused the constructive discharge of the employee. Supervisors and colleagues of the employee engaged in sexually unwelcome comments and behaviors to the employee. The employee intervened in the lawsuit and sought compensatory damages.

District judge Bernard A. Friedman presided settlement conferences on two consecutive days and the parties settled on the second day. The parties had earlier been referred to mediation but the docket did not record any information relating to the mediation. The district court dismissed the case on 11/20/2006 when the parties placed their settlement on the record and a consent decree was entered as the final judgment on 01/23/2007.

Under the two-year consent decree, the defendant agreed to pay $56,000 to the individual complainant as compensatory damages. The defendant also agreed to reinstate the complainant with full seniority, including hiring an industrial psychologist to meet with the complainant and defendant's personnel as part of the reinstatement process. The defendant would also provide neutral reference for the complainant. Additionally, the defendant was required to post notice of EEO policies and provide training to all its managers and supervisors.

Justin Kanter - 07/07/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Content of Injunction
Discrimination Prohibition
Monitoring
Neutral/Positive Reference
Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law
Provide antidiscrimination training
Reinstatement
Reporting
Retaliation Prohibition
Retroactive Senority
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) Metro Specialties, 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 2007 - 2009
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)
2:05-cv-72516-BAF-WC (E.D. Mich.) 01/23/2007
EE-MI-0118-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 06/24/2005
EE-MI-0118-0001 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Intervenor's Complaint and Jury Trial Demand 09/22/2005
EE-MI-0118-0002 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order Granting Plaintiff's Motion to Compel and Defendant's Motion to Enter Orders 04/10/2006 (E.D. Mich.)
EE-MI-0118-0003 PDF | Detail
Order Regarding Discovery 04/10/2006 (E.D. Mich.)
EE-MI-0118-0004 PDF | Detail
Opinion and Order Denying Defendant's Request for Discovery 10/05/2006 (2006 WL 2924662) (E.D. Mich.)
EE-MI-0118-0007 PDF | WESTLAW | Detail
Order of Dismissal 11/20/2006 (E.D. Mich.)
EE-MI-0118-0006 PDF | Detail
Consent Decree 01/23/2007
EE-MI-0118-0005 PDF | Detail
Judges Capel, Wallace Jr. (E.D. Mich., M.D. Ala.) [Magistrate]
EE-MI-0118-9000
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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