University of Michigan Law School
Civil Rights Litigation Clearinghouse
new search
page permalink
Case Name EEOC v. SAFEGUARD MAINTENANCE CORP. EE-MD-0105
Docket / Court 1:06-cv-02264-RDB ( D. Md. )
State/Territory Maryland
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
IWPR/Wage Project Consent Decree Study
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
In August 2006, the Baltimore (along with the Philadelphia) office of the EEOC brought this Title VII and ADA suit against Safeguard Maintenance Corp. in the U.S. District of Maryland. The complaint alleged that the defendant discriminated against the claimants by subjecting them to sexual ... read more >
In August 2006, the Baltimore (along with the Philadelphia) office of the EEOC brought this Title VII and ADA suit against Safeguard Maintenance Corp. in the U.S. District of Maryland. The complaint alleged that the defendant discriminated against the claimants by subjecting them to sexual harassment because of their sex and taking tangible employment action (including discharge/constructive discharge) against the claimants. The defendant also made inquiries, prior to an offer of employment, as to whether the applicant had a disability or the severity of a disability. The claimants intervened in the suit in December 2006 adding claims under the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938, the Maryland Wage and Payment Act, and the MD Code Ann., Labor & Empl. sec. 3-420 through 3-505. The court dismissed the case because of a settlement in January 2007. The court entered a consent decree in February 2007 and the claimants voluntarily dismissed their complaints.

The three year consent decree required the defendant to refrain from discrimination and retaliation, pay the claimants $60,000, post notice, revise its sexual harassment policy, provide two hours of mandatory training for all managerial and supervisory employees, give the EEOC the right to monitor its compliance with the decree.

Lionel Joiner - 07/10/2007


compress summary

- click to show/hide ALL -
Issues and Causes of Action
click to show/hide detail
Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Content of Injunction
Discrimination Prohibition
Implement complaint/dispute resolution process
Monitoring
Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law
Provide antidiscrimination training
Reporting
Retaliation Prohibition
Discrimination-area
Demotion
Discharge / Constructive Discharge / Layoff
Harassment / Hostile Work Environment
Hiring
Other Conditions of Employment (including assignment, transfer, hours, working conditions, etc)
Discrimination-basis
Sex discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
General
Disparate Treatment
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. § 2000e
State law
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), 42 U.S.C. §§ 12111 et seq.
Defendant(s) Safeguard Maintenance Corp.
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 - 2010
Case Closing Year 2007
Case Ongoing No
Additional Resources
click to show/hide detail
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)
1:06-cv-02264-RDB (D. Md.) 02/21/2007
EE-MD-0105-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Amended Complaint 10/04/2006
EE-MD-0105-0001 PDF | Detail
Intervening Plaintiff, Algering Jennings,' Amended Complaint 12/13/2006
EE-MD-0105-0002 PDF | Detail
Intervenor's Complaint [Plaintiff-Intervenor Jaculyn Ruffin] 12/13/2006
EE-MD-0105-0003 PDF | Detail
Consent Decree 02/09/2007
EE-MD-0105-0004 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
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

- click to show/hide ALL -

new search
page permalink

- top of page -