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Case Name EEOC v. Berge Ford, Inc. EE-AZ-0025
Docket / Court 2:02-cv-00943-SRB ( D. Ariz. )
State/Territory Arizona
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
In May 2002, the EEOc's Phoenix office filed this suit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona against Berge Ford, Inc., and Auto Care Center, LLC, alleging violations of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 1978. Specifically, the EEOC ... read more >
In May 2002, the EEOc's Phoenix office filed this suit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona against Berge Ford, Inc., and Auto Care Center, LLC, alleging violations of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 1978. Specifically, the EEOC alleged that the defendants fired a female employee because she was pregnant despite no work-related problems or complaints of work interference. The EEOC moved for partial summary judgment in August 2003, which was granted in March 2004. The defendants moved for summary judgment in September 2003, which was denied. The parties then proposed a consent decree to the court in June 2004. It was adopted promptly and ordered the defendants to pay the complainant $70,000 as well as enjoined them from discriminating or retaliating in the future. Further, the defendants were required to create an anti-discrimination policy, post a notice of equal employment opportunity rights and institute a training program to teach management about the Pregnancy Discrimination Act.

Jason Chester - 08/22/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Content of Injunction
Develop anti-discrimination policy
Discrimination Prohibition
Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law
Provide antidiscrimination training
Reporting
Retaliation Prohibition
Discrimination-area
Discharge / Constructive Discharge / Layoff
Discrimination-basis
Pregnancy discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
General
Disparate Treatment
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
Defendant(s) Auto Care Center, LLC
Berge Ford, 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 2004 - 2005
Case Closing Year 2004
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)
2:02-cv-00943-SRB (D. Ariz.) 06/14/2004
EE-AZ-0025-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
EEOC Litigation Settlement Report - June 2004 06/30/2004
EE-AZ-0025-0001.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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