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Case Name EEOC v. Groendyke Transport, Inc. EE-IL-0105
Docket / Court 02-1016-Mjr ( S.D. Ill. )
State/Territory Illinois
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
IWPR/Wage Project Consent Decree Study
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
In September 2002, the EEOC district office in St. Louis, Missouri brought this suit against Groendyke Transport, Inc., a national tanker truck carrier, in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois. Although the complaint is unavailable, the EEOC Litigation Settlement Report ... read more >
In September 2002, the EEOC district office in St. Louis, Missouri brought this suit against Groendyke Transport, Inc., a national tanker truck carrier, in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois. Although the complaint is unavailable, the EEOC Litigation Settlement Report states that a former female employee alleged that the defendant unlawfully discriminated against her because of her sex in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Specifically, she alleged that on of the defendant's supervisors created a sexually hostile work environment by appearing partially undressed, commenting on her body, and making sexual comments. Two months after a stipulated protective order was denied in January 2003, the parties settled and a consent decree was entered in March.

In the consent decree, the parties agreed that the defendant would refrain from retaliating and discriminating on the basis of sex, pay the female $150,000, issue a neutral reference letter, place a memo of the alleged sexual harassment in the allegedly offending supervisor's file, provide EEO training to all management employees in the HR department, post the consent decree, remind all employees of its EEO and harassment policies, and submit semiannual complaint reports. No fees or costs were awarded. The terms of the decree ran for two years.

Joel Pettit - 07/05/2007


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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
Recordkeeping
Reporting
Retaliation Prohibition
Discrimination-area
Discharge / Constructive Discharge / Layoff
Harassment / Hostile Work Environment
Discrimination-basis
Sex discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
General
Disparate Treatment
Retaliation
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
Defendant(s) Groendyke Transport, 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 2003 - 2005
Case Closing Year 2003
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)
3:02-cv-01016-MJR (S.D. Ill.) 03/12/2003
EE-IL-0105-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Order 01/31/2003 (2003 WL 1086433) (S.D. Ill.)
EE-IL-0105-0003.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Consent Decree 03/12/2003
EE-IL-0105-0001.pdf | Detail
EEOC Litigation Settlement Report - March 2003 04/21/2003
EE-IL-0105-0002.pdf | Detail
Judges Cohn, Gerald B. (S.D. Ill.) [Magistrate]
EE-IL-0105-9000
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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