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Case Name EEOC v. IKEA MARYLAND LLC EE-MD-0055
Docket / Court 8:05-CV-02719-DKC ( D. Md. )
State/Territory Maryland
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection IWPR/Wage Project Consent Decree Study
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
On September 30, 2005, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ("EEOC"), on behalf of an African American employee, filed a lawsuit in the District Court of Maryland, under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Title I of the Civil Rights Act of 1991, against IKEA. The EEOC sought ... read more >
On September 30, 2005, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ("EEOC"), on behalf of an African American employee, filed a lawsuit in the District Court of Maryland, under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Title I of the Civil Rights Act of 1991, against IKEA. The EEOC sought injunctive relief, compensatory damages, punitive damages, attorneys' fees, and other forms of affirmative relief, claiming that the defendant subjected the complainant to disparate terms and conditions of employment when he was terminated in lieu of demotion because of his race.

On October 28, 2005, the plaintiff filed an amended complaint. On May 3, 2006, the District Court (Judge Deborah k. Chasanow) entered a consent decree where the defendant, among other things, agreed to pay the complainant $52,500.

Perry Miska - 04/13/2014


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Content of Injunction
Develop anti-discrimination policy
Discrimination Prohibition
Monitoring
Neutral/Positive Reference
Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law
Provide antidiscrimination training
Reporting
Defendant-type
Retailer
Discrimination-area
Demotion
Discharge / Constructive Discharge / Layoff
Discrimination-basis
Race discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
General
Disparate Treatment
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Race
Black
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
Defendant(s) IKEA
Plaintiff Description Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, on behalf of a black employee who was allegedly discharged in lieu of a demotion because of his race.
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 - 2007
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)
8:05-cv-02719-DKC (D. Md.) 05/04/2006
EE-MD-0055-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 09/30/2005
EE-MD-0055-0001.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Amended Complaint 10/28/2005
EE-MD-0055-0002.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Consent Decree 05/04/2006
EE-MD-0055-0003.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Chasanow, Deborah K. (D. Md.) [Magistrate]
EE-MD-0055-0003 | EE-MD-0055-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Kiel, Gerald (Maryland)
EE-MD-0055-0001 | EE-MD-0055-0002 | EE-MD-0055-9000
McNair, Jacqueline H. (Pennsylvania)
EE-MD-0055-0003
Quinlan, Cecile Celeste (Maryland)
EE-MD-0055-0002 | EE-MD-0055-0003 | EE-MD-0055-9000
Reams, Gwendolyn Young (District of Columbia)
EE-MD-0055-9000
Spicer, Tracy Hudson (District of Columbia)
EE-MD-0055-0001 | EE-MD-0055-0002 | EE-MD-0055-0003 | EE-MD-0055-9000
Defendant's Lawyers White, Teresa Burke (Virginia)
EE-MD-0055-0003 | EE-MD-0055-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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