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Case Name EEOC v. Blackwell's Book Services EE-NJ-0014
Docket / Court 1:04-cv-02589-FLW-JBR ( D.N.J. )
State/Territory New Jersey
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection IWPR/Wage Project Consent Decree Study
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
On June 3, 2004, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) filed suit in the Camden U.S. district court for the District of New Jersey against Blackwell's Book Services on behalf of a black employee. After joining a company committee called the Staff Quality Forum, the employee received ... read more >
On June 3, 2004, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) filed suit in the Camden U.S. district court for the District of New Jersey against Blackwell's Book Services on behalf of a black employee. After joining a company committee called the Staff Quality Forum, the employee received racial discrimination and harassment complaints about a white supervisor, which she passed on to the company vice president and the human resources officer. Investigation resulted in the supervisor's firing. The EEOC alleged that the employee was advised to resign from the committee and abruptly fired in retaliation for bringing forth those complaints, in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (42 U.S.C. § 2000e et. seq.). The EEOC sought its costs and monetary and injunctive relief for the employee, including a retaliation prohibition, back pay, job search expenses, compensation for emotional harm, and punitive damages.

The Court (Judge Joel B. Rosen) granted the employee's motion to intervene on October 20, 2004. The employee brought further claims for a racially hostile work environment, for racially discriminatory impairment of a contractual relationship in violation of 42 U.S.C. § 1981, and for violation of New Jersey law.

The employee voluntarily dismissed her claims with prejudice on May 25, 2005. The parties reached a settlement agreement, which the Court (Judge Freda L. Wolfson) entered as a consent decree on the same day. The employee received $65,000, subject to the execution of a release agreement. The 2-year decree required Blackwell's not to retaliate against employees for making claims or participating in investigations of unlawful discrimination, to post a notice of the lawsuit and its resolution, to provide Title VII training to all managers, supervisors, and Human Resources employees, and to maintain records of all complaints of discrimination or harassment and their resolution. Blackwell's also had to make the complaint records available to the EEOC for inspection and copying upon request. The docket shows no further activity and the case is now closed.

Kenneth Gray - 07/23/2013


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Content of Injunction
Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law
Provide antidiscrimination training
Recordkeeping
Retaliation Prohibition
Discrimination-area
Discharge / Constructive Discharge / Layoff
Harassment / Hostile Work Environment
Discrimination-basis
Race discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
Private Party intervened in EEOC suit
General
Disparate Treatment
Retaliation
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Private Plaintiff
Race
Black
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. § 1981
State law
Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. § 2000e
Defendant(s) Blackwell's Book Services
Plaintiff Description Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, on behalf a black 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
Voluntary Dismissal
Order Duration 2005 - 2007
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)
1:04-cv-02589-FLW-JBR (D.N.J.) 06/01/2005
EE-NJ-0014-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 06/03/2004
EE-NJ-0014-0001 PDF | Detail
Complaint of Plaintiff / Intervenor Darlene Vaughan 11/01/2004
EE-NJ-0014-0002 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Consent Decree 05/25/2005
EE-NJ-0014-0003 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Rosen, Joel B. (D.N.J.) [Magistrate]
EE-NJ-0014-9000
Wolfson, Freda L. (D.N.J.) [Magistrate]
EE-NJ-0014-0003 | EE-NJ-0014-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Daily, F Michael Jr. (New Jersey)
EE-NJ-0014-0002 | EE-NJ-0014-9000
Dreiband, Eric S. (District of Columbia)
EE-NJ-0014-0003
Edge, Dawn M (Pennsylvania)
EE-NJ-0014-0001 | EE-NJ-0014-0003 | EE-NJ-0014-9000
Lee, James L. (District of Columbia)
EE-NJ-0014-0001 | EE-NJ-0014-0003
McNair, Jacqueline H. (Pennsylvania)
EE-NJ-0014-0001 | EE-NJ-0014-0003
O'Boyle, Judith A. (Pennsylvania)
EE-NJ-0014-0001 | EE-NJ-0014-0003
Reams, Gwendolyn Young (District of Columbia)
EE-NJ-0014-0001 | EE-NJ-0014-0003
Defendant's Lawyers Quirke, John P (New Jersey)
EE-NJ-0014-0003 | EE-NJ-0014-9000
Wolak, Tracy Asper (New Jersey)
EE-NJ-0014-0003
Other Lawyers None on record

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