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Case Name EEOC v. BALLY TOTAL FITNESS CORP. EE-CA-0030
Docket / Court 3:06-cv-02974-JSW ( N.D. Cal. )
State/Territory California
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
In May 2006, the EEOC's San Francisco office filed this suit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California against Bally Total Fitness Corporation alleging violations of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The EEOC alleged that defendant had engaged in hiring ... read more >
In May 2006, the EEOC's San Francisco office filed this suit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California against Bally Total Fitness Corporation alleging violations of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The EEOC alleged that defendant had engaged in hiring discrimination based on national origin and religion when it did not hire an Indian Sikh. The defendant, a nationwide provider of fitness centers and fitness training, and the EEOC attempted to resolve the dispute through mediation for nearly three months but were unsuccessful. Upon their return to court, the parties postponed a firm scheduling order until, four months later, they came to an agreement and a consent decree was approved in April 2007 that ordered the defendant to pay $24,000 to the complainant, enjoined it from discriminating on the basis of national origin and religion, and required it to provide equal employment opportunity training sessions to its supervisory employees.

Jason Chester - 07/13/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Content of Injunction
Discrimination Prohibition
Provide antidiscrimination training
Reporting
Retaliation Prohibition
Discrimination-area
Hiring
Discrimination-basis
National origin discrimination
Religion discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
General
Disparate Treatment
National Origin/Ethnicity
Indian
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
Defendant(s) Bally Total Fitness Corporation
Bally Total Fitness Corporation
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 - 2008
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)
3:06-cv-02974-JSW (N.D. Cal.) 04/18/2007
EE-CA-0030-9000.pdf | Detail
General Documents
Complaint 05/03/2006
EE-CA-0030-0001.pdf | Detail
Settlement Agreement 04/13/2007
EE-CA-0030-0002.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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