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Case Name EEOC v. Selby Sign Co. Inc. EE-MD-0116
Docket / Court 1:01-cv-02873-AMD ( D. Md. )
State/Territory Maryland
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection IWPR/Wage Project Consent Decree Study
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
The EEOC filed this Title VII racially-hostile-work-environment lawsuit against Selby Sign Co., Inc., on September 26, 2001. The EEOC alleged that an black employee was subjected to a racially hostile environment so intolerable that he was forced to resign. The complaint is currently unavailable to ... read more >
The EEOC filed this Title VII racially-hostile-work-environment lawsuit against Selby Sign Co., Inc., on September 26, 2001. The EEOC alleged that an black employee was subjected to a racially hostile environment so intolerable that he was forced to resign. The complaint is currently unavailable to the Clearinghouse.

The parties reach a settlement agreement, which the Court (Judge Andre M. Davis) entered as a consent decree on May 31, 2002. The decree provided monetary and injunctive relief. The employee was paid $20,000 in compensation and $15,000 in back pay. The three-year decree commanded Selby Sign Co. to keep its work environment free of racial harassment, not to retaliate against employees for opposing practices declared unlawful or filing charges with the EEOC, and to post an equal employment poster and a notice. Selby Sign Co. was also required to create and institute a policy on racial harassment, to provide new hires an orientation to its harassment and equal opportunity policies, to train all employees on issues of racial harassment, filing complaints, filing EEOC charges, investigation, and discipline. No further court activity appears on the docket, and the case is now closed.

Kenneth Gray - 07/17/2013


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Content of Injunction
Develop anti-discrimination policy
Implement complaint/dispute resolution process
Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law
Provide antidiscrimination training
Retaliation Prohibition
Discrimination-area
Harassment / Hostile Work Environment
Discrimination-basis
Race discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
General
Disparate Treatment
Retaliation
Race
Black
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
Defendant(s) Selby Sign Co., Inc.
Plaintiff Description Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, on behalf of 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
Order Duration 2002 - 2005
Case Closing Year 2002
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)
1:01-cv-02873-AMD (D. Md.) 05/31/2002
EE-MD-0116-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Consent Decree 05/31/2002
EE-MD-0116-0001 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Davis, Andre Maurice (Fourth Circuit, D. Md.)
EE-MD-0116-0001 | EE-MD-0116-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Kiel, Gerald (Maryland)
EE-MD-0116-0001 | EE-MD-0116-9000
O'Rourke, Stephen P (Rhode Island)
EE-MD-0116-9000
Quinlan, Cecile Celeste (Maryland)
EE-MD-0116-0001 | EE-MD-0116-9000
Reams, Gwendolyn Young (District of Columbia)
EE-MD-0116-0001 | EE-MD-0116-9000
Spicer, Tracy Hudson (District of Columbia)
EE-MD-0116-0001
Defendant's Lawyers Schwartzman, Steven B (Maryland)
EE-MD-0116-0001 | EE-MD-0116-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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