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Case Name EEOC v. BON APPETIT MANAGEMENT CO. EE-WA-0009
Docket / Court 3:99-cv-05157-JKA ( 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
In March 1999, the Seattle District Office of the EEOC brought this suit against Bon Appetit Management Co., Inc. in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington. We do not have a copy of the complaint; therefore, the exact allegations involved are unknown. It appears from the ... read more >
In March 1999, the Seattle District Office of the EEOC brought this suit against Bon Appetit Management Co., Inc. in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington. We do not have a copy of the complaint; therefore, the exact allegations involved are unknown. It appears from the consent decree that the complaint alleged that the defendant violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 by refusing to hire the charging party, a pregnant applicant, because of her sex and pregnancy. After the defendant's answer to the complaint and a single scheduling order, the parties settled in May 2000 through a consent decree.

The thirty-eight month decree prohibited the defendant from discriminating and retaliating and required it to: develop a written EEO policy and complaint procedure, post a notice of the decree, provide EEO training for all its managers, report to the EEOC at specified intervals, and pay $36,843.24 to be divided between two individuals.

Michele Marxkors - 07/31/2007


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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
Implement complaint/dispute resolution process
Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law
Provide antidiscrimination training
Reporting
Retaliation Prohibition
Discrimination-area
Hiring
Discrimination-basis
Pregnancy discrimination
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) Bon Appetit Management Co., 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 2000 - 2003
Case Closing Year 2000
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)
3:99-cv-05157-JKA (W.D. Wash.) 05/19/2000
EE-WA-0009-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Consent Decree 05/17/2000
EE-WA-0009-0001 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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