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Case Name EEOC v. Dennis' Foods, Inc. EE-SC-0011
Docket / Court 8:05-cv-00506-HFF-WMC ( D.S.C. )
State/Territory South Carolina
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
In February 2005, the Charlotte District Office of the EEOC brought this suit against Dennis' Foods, Inc. in the U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina alleging that the defendant subjected the charging party, a female employee, to a sexually hostile work environment in violation of ... read more >
In February 2005, the Charlotte District Office of the EEOC brought this suit against Dennis' Foods, Inc. in the U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina alleging that the defendant subjected the charging party, a female employee, to a sexually hostile work environment in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. After some scheduling orders and discovery, the parties settled in July 2005 through a consent decree.

The three-year decree, containing non-discrimination and non-retaliation clauses, required the defendant to: expunge the charging party's personnel file of all references to the charge of discrimination, provide her with a positive employment reference, implement and distribute an anti-discrimination policy, post an employee notice, provide Title VII training for all its employees, report to the EEOC at specified intervals, and pay the charging party $2,500.

Justin Kanter - 07/26/2007


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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
Monitoring
Neutral/Positive Reference
Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law
Provide antidiscrimination training
Reporting
Retaliation Prohibition
Discrimination-area
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) Dennis' Foods, 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 2005 - 2008
Case Closing Year 2005
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)
8:05-cv-00506-HFF-WMC (D.S.C.) 07/06/2005
EE-SC-0011-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 02/17/2005
EE-SC-0011-0001.pdf | Detail
Consent Decree 07/06/2005
EE-SC-0011-0002.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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