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Case Name EEOC v. IFA NURSERIES INC. EE-WA-0035
Docket / Court CV5-5671-RBL ( W.D. Wash. )
State/Territory Washington
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
The Seattle District Office of the EEOC brought this suit against Labor Ready, Inc. in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington in October 2005. The complaint alleged sexual harassment in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The complainant intervened in the ... read more >
The Seattle District Office of the EEOC brought this suit against Labor Ready, Inc. in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington in October 2005. The complaint alleged sexual harassment in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The complainant intervened in the case in December 2005, alleging additional state law claims. The case was consolidated with EEOC v. IFA Nurseries, 3:05−cv−05641−RBL (W.D. Wash. Sept. 30 2005) in December 2005. After engaging in mediation, the parties reached a settlement in June 2006. The defendants agreed to pay $36,000 to the complainant, and to implement training on EEO law, policies prohibiting discrimination in the workplace, and procedures for employees to bring allegations of discrimination.

Jason Chester - 08/15/2008


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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
Expungement of Employment Record
Implement complaint/dispute resolution process
Neutral/Positive Reference
Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law
Provide antidiscrimination training
Reporting
Retaliation Prohibition
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 law
State Anti-Discrimination Law
Defendant(s) IFA Nurseries
Labor Ready, Inc.
Labor Ready, 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 Voluntary Dismissal
Order Duration 2006 - 2008
Case Closing Year 2006
Case Ongoing No
Case Listing EE-WA-0121 : EEOC v. IFA Nurseries Inc (W.D. Wash.)
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)
3:05-cv-05671-RBL (W.D. Wash.) 07/06/2006
EE-WA-0035-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 10/12/2005
EE-WA-0035-0001 PDF | Detail
[Defendant's] Motion to Consolidate 11/15/2005
EE-WA-0035-0007 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order [to Consolidate Cases] 12/01/2005 (W.D. Wash.)
EE-WA-0035-0008 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Intervenor Complaint [in part] 12/15/2005
EE-WA-0035-0002 PDF | Detail
Amended Compliant 03/24/2006
EE-WA-0035-0004 PDF | Detail
Order Dismissing Action [in part] 06/22/2006 (W.D. Wash.)
EE-WA-0035-0005 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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