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Case Name EEOC v. ROSS STORES EE-PA-0145
Docket / Court 06-02873-WY ( E.D. Pa. )
State/Territory Pennsylvania
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection IWPR/Wage Project Consent Decree Study
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
On June 30, 2006, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) filed suit in the Philadelphia U.S. District Court in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania against Ross Stores, Inc. on behalf of a Russian employee. The EEOC alleged that Ross Stores had violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act ... read more >
On June 30, 2006, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) filed suit in the Philadelphia U.S. District Court in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania against Ross Stores, Inc. on behalf of a Russian employee. The EEOC alleged that Ross Stores had violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (42 U.S.C. § 2000e et. seq.) by discriminating against the employee on the basis of her national origin. According to the EEOC, the employee was denied the pay increase she was entitled to receive upon promotion to Area Supervisor because of her Russian accent. The EEOC sought its costs and monetary and injunctive relief for the employee, including policy reform, anti-discrimination training, back pay, and compensation for emotional harm.

The parties reached a settlement, which the Court (Judge William H. Yohn Jr.) entered as a consent decree on January 3, 2007. The two-year decree provided the employee with $20,000, and contained a variety of injunctive provisions. Under the decree Ross was prohibited from retaliating and from discrimination, and was required not to disclosure the details of the case to potential employers, to expunge the employee's personnel file, to change its policies, to implement a complaint procedure, to investigate claims promptly, to distribute policies to employees, to provided biennial antidiscrimination training for supervisors, and to post an EEOC notice. The parties bore their own costs. No further activity appears on the docket and the case is now closed.

Kenneth Gray - 07/25/2013


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Content of Injunction
Develop anti-discrimination policy
Discrimination Prohibition
Expungement of Employment Record
Implement complaint/dispute resolution process
Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law
Provide antidiscrimination training
Retaliation Prohibition
Defendant-type
Retailer
Discrimination-area
Pay / Benefits
Discrimination-basis
Language discrimination
National origin discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
General
Disparate Treatment
Language
Other
National Origin/Ethnicity
Other
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. § 2000e
Defendant(s) Ross Stores, Inc.
Plaintiff Description Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, on behalf of a Russian employee
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 2007 - 2009
Case Closing Year 2007
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)
2:06-cv-02873-WY (E.D. Pa.) 01/03/2007
EE-PA-0145-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 06/30/2006
EE-PA-0145-0001 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Consent Decree 01/03/2007
EE-PA-0145-0002 PDF | Detail
Judges Yohn, William Hendricks Jr. (E.D. Pa.)
EE-PA-0145-0002 | EE-PA-0145-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Cooper, Ronald S. (District of Columbia)
EE-PA-0145-0002
Lee, James L. (District of Columbia)
EE-PA-0145-0001 | EE-PA-0145-0002
McNair, Jacqueline H. (Pennsylvania)
EE-PA-0145-0001 | EE-PA-0145-0002 | EE-PA-0145-9000
O'Boyle, Judith A. (Pennsylvania)
EE-PA-0145-0001 | EE-PA-0145-0002 | EE-PA-0145-9000
Reams, Gwendolyn Young (District of Columbia)
EE-PA-0145-0001 | EE-PA-0145-0002
Smith, Rachel M (Pennsylvania)
EE-PA-0145-0001 | EE-PA-0145-0002 | EE-PA-0145-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Conley, Frank J (Pennsylvania)
EE-PA-0145-0002 | EE-PA-0145-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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