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Case Name EEOC v. DIGITAL CONNECTIONS, INC. EE-TN-0032
Docket / Court 3:05-cv-00710 ( M.D. Tenn. )
State/Territory Tennessee
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
On September 13, 2005, the Memphis office of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed a lawsuit under Title VII against Digital Connections, Inc. in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee. The EEOC claimed that the defendants had violated the rights of the ... read more >
On September 13, 2005, the Memphis office of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed a lawsuit under Title VII against Digital Connections, Inc. in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee. The EEOC claimed that the defendants had violated the rights of the complainant by retaliating against her for filing an earlier complaint with the EEOC regarding a former employer.

On June 30, 2006, the defendant filed for summary judgment, claiming that judicial estoppel should prevent the EEOC from being able to bring this lawsuit. On September 26, 2006, the district court issued an opinion denying the motion for summary judgment.

On October 15, 2006, the parties reached a settlement, which the district court adopted as a consent decree on December 12, 2006. Under the consent decree, the defendants agreed to pay the complainant $20,000 in damages in monthly installments of $2000. The decree enjoined the defendants from discriminating or retaliating against any employee for filing a complaint with the EEOC. The defendants agreed to provide employment discrimination awareness training to all employees, including at least 2 hours of instruction on the topics of discrimination and retaliation. The training was to be conducted by an agreed-upon outside party. Within 30 days of the consent decree's ratification by the court, the defendant was to provide the court with the training schedule, and the training was to occur within 90 days of the court's adoption of the consent decree.

Justin Kanter - 02/14/2008


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Content of Injunction
Discrimination Prohibition
Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law
Provide antidiscrimination training
Retaliation Prohibition
Discrimination-area
Hiring
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
General
Disparate Treatment
Retaliation
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
Defendant(s) Digital Connections, 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 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)
3:05-cv-00710 (M.D. Tenn.) 12/12/2006
EE-TN-0032-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 09/13/2005
EE-TN-0032-0001 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Memorandum [& Opinion] 09/26/2006 (2006 WL 2792217) (M.D. Tenn.)
EE-TN-0032-0002 PDF | WESTLAW | Detail
Consent Decree 12/12/2006
EE-TN-0032-0003 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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