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Case Name EEOC v. SHREE LALAJI LLC (t/a BEST WESTERN SALISBURY PLAZA) EE-MD-0108
Docket / Court 1:06-cv-02154-WMN ( D. Md. )
State/Territory Maryland
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection IWPR/Wage Project Consent Decree Study
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
On August 8, 2006, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) filed suit against Shree Lalaji LLC (trading as Best Western Salisbury Plaza) on behalf of a black employee, who it alleged was subjected to racial epithets and remarks and retaliation, and a class of black employees who were ... read more >
On August 8, 2006, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) filed suit against Shree Lalaji LLC (trading as Best Western Salisbury Plaza) on behalf of a black employee, who it alleged was subjected to racial epithets and remarks and retaliation, and a class of black employees who were subjected to the racially hostile work environment that accompanied the situation. Specifically, the EEOC alleged that the general manager made racially hostile statements, treated black employees less favorably, refused service to and overcharged black guests of the hotel, and reduced the individual employee's hours in retaliation for his complaints about the general manager's racially motivated actions. The EEOC also alleged that the employee had been constructively fired. The EEOC sought monetary and injunctive relief for the black employees, including backpay, compensation for emotional harm, and punitive damages.

The parties reached a settlement agreement, which the Court (Judge William M. Nickerson) entered as a consent decree on December 6, 2006. The decree provided monetary and injunctive relief. The employee who allegedly had been constructively fired received $7,000 in back pay and $8,000 in compensatory damages, while the class of black employees received a total of $5,000. Under the decree, the Best Western was restrained from racial discrimination and creating a hostile work environment. The Best Western agreed not to retaliate against employees who oppose practices believed the employees to violate Title VII, and was required to post an equal employment notice and provide its employees with at least four hours of training on keeping the work environment free of racial harassment. The parties bore their own costs and attorneys' fees. The decree did not have a specific overall duration, 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
Discrimination Prohibition
Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law
Provide antidiscrimination training
Retaliation Prohibition
Discrimination-area
Discharge / Constructive Discharge / Layoff
Harassment / Hostile Work Environment
Discrimination-basis
Race discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
General
Disparate Treatment
Retaliation
Race
Black
Causes of Action Title VI, Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C. § 2000d et seq.
Defendant(s) Shree Lalaji LLC (trading as Best Western Salisbury Plaza)
Plaintiff Description Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, on behalf of a black employee and a class of black employees
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 not on record
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)
1:06-cv-02154-WMN (D. Md.) 12/06/2006
EE-MD-0108-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 08/18/2006
EE-MD-0108-0001 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Consent Decree 12/06/2006
EE-MD-0108-0002 PDF | Detail
Judges Nickerson, William M. (D. Md.)
EE-MD-0108-0002 | EE-MD-0108-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Cooper, Ronald S. (District of Columbia)
EE-MD-0108-0002
Lawrence, Debra Michele (Maryland)
EE-MD-0108-0001 | EE-MD-0108-0002 | EE-MD-0108-9000
Lee, James L. (District of Columbia)
EE-MD-0108-0001 | EE-MD-0108-0002
McNair, Jacqueline H. (Pennsylvania)
EE-MD-0108-0001 | EE-MD-0108-0002 | EE-MD-0108-9000
Reams, Gwendolyn Young (District of Columbia)
EE-MD-0108-0001 | EE-MD-0108-0002
White-Dunston, Erica D. (Maryland)
EE-MD-0108-0001 | EE-MD-0108-0002 | EE-MD-0108-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Keating, Mary (Maryland)
EE-MD-0108-0002
Other Lawyers None on record

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