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Case Name EEOC v. Global Imaging Systems, Inc., dba QBS EE-WA-0021
Docket / Court CV5-1642-RSM ( W.D. Wash. )
State/Territory Washington
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
The Seattle Office of the EEOC filed this action in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington. The Defendant was Global Imaging Systems, Inc, doing business as Quality Business Systems, Inc., a national provider of digital office imaging equipment. The controversy involved ... read more >
The Seattle Office of the EEOC filed this action in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington. The Defendant was Global Imaging Systems, Inc, doing business as Quality Business Systems, Inc., a national provider of digital office imaging equipment. The controversy involved alleged harassment, constructive discharge, retaliation, and post-employment retaliation against a female employee based on her sex in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The lawsuit was filed in September 2005 and was resolved by consent decree in March 2006. The complainant, who intervened in the case, was awarded $85,000 and her attorney received $40,000. She was promised neutral references and expungement of the incident from her personnel file. In addition, the company was required to provide training, had to post and distribute a Notice of rights, agreed to mandatory discipline for any employee who engages in sexual harassment, and had to submit semi-annual reports to the EEOC. The decree was to last for two years.

Kevin Wilemon - 08/12/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Content of Injunction
Discrimination Prohibition
Expungement of Employment Record
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 law
State Anti-Discrimination Law
Defendant(s) Global Imaging Systems, Inc.
Quality Business Systems, 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 - 2008
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)
2:05-cv-01642-RSM (W.D. Wash.) 03/31/2006
EE-WA-0021-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 09/28/2005
EE-WA-0021-0001.pdf | Detail
Intervener's Complaint 03/13/2006
EE-WA-0021-0002.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
[Proposed] Amended Consent Decree 03/30/2006
EE-WA-0021-0003.pdf | Detail
Order Approving Amended Consent Decree and Dismissing Action 03/31/2006 (W.D. Wash.)
EE-WA-0021-0004.pdf | Detail
EEOC Litigation Settlements - March 2006 05/19/2006
EE-WA-0021-0005.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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