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Case Name EEOC v. Grief Brothers Corporation EE-NY-0068
Docket / Court 1:02-cv-00468-WMS-LGF ( W.D.N.Y. )
State/Territory New York
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
The New York District Office of the EEOC brought this action in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York, against Grief Brothers Corporation, an international manufacturer and distributor of industrial containers based in Ohio. The complaint, filed in July 2002, alleged sex ... read more >
The New York District Office of the EEOC brought this action in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York, against Grief Brothers Corporation, an international manufacturer and distributor of industrial containers based in Ohio. The complaint, filed in July 2002, alleged sex discrimination in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; specifically that Defendant had subjected charging party to a hostile work environment and then constructively discharged him, based on his sex, male. In December 2003, Defendant filed for summary judgment, but the motion was denied in September 2004. EEOC v. Grief Brothers Corporation, 2004 WL 2202641 (W.D.N.Y.).

The parties entered into a consent decree in April 2006. The decree, valid for three years, required Defendant to pay a total of $100,000 to the charging party ($48,109.18 for back pay, $26,849.00 for lost medical benefits and $25,041.82 for non-pecuniary compensatory damages). Defendant was enjoined from discriminating or retaliating in violation of Title VII, and required to provide EEO training to its employees, post a notice of non-discrimination at its facility, provide the charging party with a neutral employment reference, and regularly report to the EEOC about its compliance with the decree.

Shankar Viswanathan - 07/20/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Male
Content of Injunction
Discrimination Prohibition
Monitoring
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
General
Disparate Treatment
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
Defendant(s) Grief Brothers 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 2006 - 2009
Case Closing Year 2006
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)
1:02-cv-00468-WMS-LGF (W.D.N.Y.) 04/14/2006
EE-NY-0068-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Decision and Order 08/28/2003 (218 F.R.D. 59) (W.D.N.Y.)
EE-NY-0068-0003.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Google Scholar
Decision and Order 09/30/2004 (2004 WL 2202641 / 2004 U.S.Dist.LEXIS 29071) (W.D.N.Y.)
EE-NY-0068-0004.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Consent Decree 04/13/2006
EE-NY-0068-0001.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
EEOC Litigation Settlement Report 04/13/2006
EE-NY-0068-0002.pdf | Detail
Judges Bianchini, Victor E. (N.D.N.Y., S.D. Cal.) [Magistrate]
EE-NY-0068-9000
Foschio, Leslie G. (W.D.N.Y., W.D.N.Y.) [Magistrate]
EE-NY-0068-0003 | EE-NY-0068-9000
Skretny, William M. (W.D.N.Y.)
EE-NY-0068-0001 | EE-NY-0068-0004 | EE-NY-0068-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Bissell, Katherine (New York)
EE-NY-0068-9000
Grossman, Elizabeth (New York)
EE-NY-0068-0001
Keenan, Judy A. (New York)
EE-NY-0068-0001
Lizana, Arnold J. (Massachusetts)
EE-NY-0068-0001 | EE-NY-0068-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Campbell, David A (Ohio)
EE-NY-0068-0001 | EE-NY-0068-9000
Russ, Hugh M. III (New York)
EE-NY-0068-0001 | EE-NY-0068-9000
Smith, Andrew C (Ohio)
EE-NY-0068-0001 | EE-NY-0068-9000
Yonkers, Jill Liane (New York)
EE-NY-0068-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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