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Case Name EEOC v. GLAXOSMITHKLINE EE-PA-0081
Docket / Court 04-4603 ( E.D. Pa. )
State/Territory Pennsylvania
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
In September 2004, the EEOC district office in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania brought this suit against GlaxoSmithKline in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. According to the complaint, the defendant violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 when it discharged a ... read more >
In September 2004, the EEOC district office in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania brought this suit against GlaxoSmithKline in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. According to the complaint, the defendant violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 when it discharged a pregnant microbiologist who worked with various chemicals that the employer feared would harm her, despite the fact that her doctor cleared her for work after determining that her employment posed no dangers to her.

The parties settled and a consent decree was entered in June 2005. The consent decree is not currently available.

Jason Chester - 06/29/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Discrimination-area
Discharge / Constructive Discharge / Layoff
Discrimination-basis
Pregnancy discrimination
Sex discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
Private Party intervened in EEOC suit
General
Disparate Treatment
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
Defendant(s) GlaxoSmithKline
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 Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree
Order Duration not on record
Case Closing Year 2005
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)
2:04-cv-04603-JP (E.D. Pa.) 06/24/2005
EE-PA-0081-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 09/30/2004
EE-PA-0081-0001.pdf | Detail
Order 04/26/2005 (E.D. Pa.)
EE-PA-0081-0002.pdf | Detail
Judges Rice, Timothy R. (E.D. Pa.) [Magistrate]
EE-PA-0081-9000
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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