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Case Name EEOC v. Jerry Chambers Chevrolet, Inc. EE-WA-0038
Docket / Court 2:03-cv-00080-MJP ( W.D. Wash. )
State/Territory Washington
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
IWPR/Wage Project Consent Decree Study
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
EEOC's Seattle, WA office filed this Title VII lawsuit alleging sexual harassment and retaliation against the defendant Jerry Chambers Chevrolet Inc. The defendant operated a car dealership in Bellingham, WA. The lawsuit was filed at the United States District Court for the Western District of ... read more >
EEOC's Seattle, WA office filed this Title VII lawsuit alleging sexual harassment and retaliation against the defendant Jerry Chambers Chevrolet Inc. The defendant operated a car dealership in Bellingham, WA. The lawsuit was filed at the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington (Seattle) on 01/15/2003. EEOC alleged on behalf of a former female employee that she was subject to a sexually hostile work environment and was constructively discharged due to lack of corrective measures from the defendant.

The individual complainant intervened in the EEOC lawsuit, alleging violation of the Washington state anti-discrimination statute as well as Title VII.

The parties reached a settlement agreement at a voluntary mediation conference on 02/12/2004. A consent decree was entered into judgment on 03/08/2004.

Under the four-year consent decree, the defendant agreed to pay the individual complainant $70,000. The defendant also agreed to expunge the individual's personnel record and provide neutral reference for her in the future. The consent decree additionally required the defendant to develop anti-discrimination policies and retain an independent sexual harassment consultant to conduct internal review and audit. The defendant would also need to post a notice of the lawsuit and provide annual training to its employees.

Justin Kanter - 08/12/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Content of Injunction
Develop anti-discrimination policy
Discrimination Prohibition
Expungement of Employment Record
Implement complaint/dispute resolution process
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
Private Party intervened in EEOC suit
General
Disparate Treatment
Retaliation
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
State Anti-Discrimination Law
Defendant(s) Jerry Chambers Chevrolet 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 2004 - 2008
Case Closing Year 2004
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)
2:03-cv-00080-MJP (W.D. Wash.) 03/08/2004
EE-WA-0038-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 01/15/2003
EE-WA-0038-0001 PDF | Detail
Complaint for Damages and Unpaid Wages [of Plaintiff Intervenor] 03/19/2003
EE-WA-0038-0002 PDF | Detail
Plaintiff in Intervention Amy Seaman's Amended Complaint for Damages and Unpaid Wages 08/08/2003
EE-WA-0038-0003 PDF | Detail
Consent Decree and Order 03/08/2004
EE-WA-0038-0004 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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