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Case Name EEOC v. HUNTWOOD INDUSTRIES EE-WA-0031
Docket / Court 2:03-cv-00309-FVS ( E.D. Wash. )
State/Territory Washington
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection IWPR/Wage Project Consent Decree Study
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
On August 22, 2003, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ("EEOC"), on behalf of a female employee, filed a lawsuit in the Eastern District Court of Washington, under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended by Title I of the Civil Rights Act of 1991, against Huntwood Industries, ... read more >
On August 22, 2003, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ("EEOC"), on behalf of a female employee, filed a lawsuit in the Eastern District Court of Washington, under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended by Title I of the Civil Rights Act of 1991, against Huntwood Industries, Inc. The EEOC sought injunctive relief, compensatory damages, punitive damages, attorneys' fees, and other forms of affirmative relief claiming that the defendant subjected the plaintiff-intervenor to a sexually hostile work environment because of her sex, female, resulting in her constructive discharge.

On January 26, 2004, the plaintiff-intervenor filed a complaint against the defendant. On July 21, 2004, the District Court (Judge Frederick Van Sickle) entered a consent decree where the defendant, among other things, agreed to pay the complainant $100,000.

Perry Miska - 05/14/2014


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Content of Injunction
Develop anti-discrimination policy
Discrimination Prohibition
Expungement of Employment Record
Neutral/Positive Reference
Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law
Provide antidiscrimination training
Reporting
Discrimination-area
Discharge / Constructive Discharge / Layoff
Harassment / Hostile Work Environment
Discrimination-basis
Sex discrimination
EEOC-centric
Private Party intervened in EEOC suit
General
Disparate Impact
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
Defendant(s) Huntwood Industries, Inc.
Plaintiff Description Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, on behalf of a female employee who was subjected to a sexually hostile work environment resulting in her constructive discharge.
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 2004 - 2007
Case Closing Year 2004
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)
2:03-cv-00309-FVS (E.D. Wash.) 07/21/2004
EE-WA-0031-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 08/22/2003
EE-WA-0031-0001.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Complaint of Plaintiff in Intervention Jenifer D. Gibbs 03/11/2004
EE-WA-0031-0002.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Stipulation for Protective Order and Proposed Order 03/24/2004 (E.D. Wash.)
EE-WA-0031-0003.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Consent Decree and Order Dismissing Action 07/21/2004
EE-WA-0031-0004.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
EEOC Litigation Settlement Report - July 2004 11/15/2004
EE-WA-0031-0005.pdf | Detail
Document Source: EEOC.gov
Judges Van Sickle, Frederick L. (E.D. Wash.)
EE-WA-0031-0003 | EE-WA-0031-0004 | EE-WA-0031-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Allen, Keller Wayne (Washington)
EE-WA-0031-0002 | EE-WA-0031-9000
Cox, Lisa Ann (Washington)
EE-WA-0031-9000
Dreiband, Eric S. (District of Columbia)
EE-WA-0031-9000
Lucero, A. Luis Jr. (Washington)
EE-WA-0031-0001 | EE-WA-0031-0004 | EE-WA-0031-9000
Stanley, John F. (Washington)
EE-WA-0031-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Church, Michael H. (Washington)
EE-WA-0031-0004 | EE-WA-0031-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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