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Case Name EEOC v. Ethan Allen, Inc. EE-OH-0026
Docket / Court 1:99-cv-02329-KMO ( N.D. Ohio )
State/Territory Ohio
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
The Cleveland office of the EEOC brought this suit against Ethan Allen Inc. in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio in September 1999. The complaint alleged retaliation for complaining about sexual harassment in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The EEOC's ... read more >
The Cleveland office of the EEOC brought this suit against Ethan Allen Inc. in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio in September 1999. The complaint alleged retaliation for complaining about sexual harassment in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The EEOC's case was consolidated with another private party case in March 2000. The defendant moved for partial summary judgment, which was never resolved. The parties settled in March 2003, and they entered into a consent decree one month later. The decree required the defendant to give neutral references to the complainants; post and distribute notice; allow the EEOC to inspect upon notice; and submit semiannual reports to the EEOC.

Kevin Wilemon - 08/06/2008


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Content of Injunction
Monitoring
Neutral/Positive Reference
Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law
Provide antidiscrimination training
Reporting
Retaliation Prohibition
Discrimination-area
Demotion
Other Conditions of Employment (including assignment, transfer, hours, working conditions, etc)
Promotion
Discrimination-basis
Sex discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
General
Disparate Treatment
Retaliation
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
Defendant(s) Ethan Allen, 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 Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree
Order Duration 2003 - 2005
Case Closing Year 2003
Case Ongoing No
Case Listing EE-OH-0104 : Mora v. Ethan Allen, Inc. (N.D. Ohio)
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)
99-cv-2329 (N.D. Ohio) 08/01/2002
EE-OH-0026-9003.pdf | Detail
Non-PACER U.S. District Court Website
1:99-cv-02329-KMO (N.D. Ohio) 09/06/2004
EE-OH-0026-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Consent Decree 05/01/2003
EE-OH-0026-0001.pdf | Detail
Judges Perelman, David Shepard (N.D. Ohio) [Magistrate]
EE-OH-0026-9003
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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