On June 30, 2004, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) filed this sex discrimination and retaliation suit in the Fort Lauderdale U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida against DTG Operations, Inc., (doing business as Dollar Rent A Car) on behalf of a female employee. ...
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On June 30, 2004, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) filed this sex discrimination and retaliation suit in the Fort Lauderdale U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida against DTG Operations, Inc., (doing business as Dollar Rent A Car) on behalf of a female employee. The EEOC alleged that DTG had violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (42 U.S.C. § 2000e et. seq.) by subjecting the employee to a hostile work environment and firing her in retaliation for opposing the harassment. According to the EEOC, the employee's direct supervisor subjected her to frequent physical and verbal sexual harassment. The EEOC sought its costs and monetary and injunctive relief for the employee, including policy reform, back pay, reinstatement, compensation for emotional harm, and punitive damages.
The Court (Judge Cecilia M. Altonaga) allowed the employee to intervene in the case on October 14, 2004. The employee amended her complaint on April 21, 2005, seeking substantially the same relief as the EEOC but suing for violation of Title VII and the Florida Civil Rights Act of 1992 (Fla. Stat. 760 et seq.), for negligent hiring, retention, and supervision, and for intentional infliction of emotional distress.
The parties reached a settlement, which the Court (Judge Kenneth A. Marra) entered as a consent decree on October 7, 2005. The 3-year decree provided the employee with $395,000 ($15,000 in lost wages, $220,805.58 in compensatory and punitive damages, and $159,194.42 in attorneys' fees and costs) and subjected DTG to a variety of injunctive provisions. Under the terms of the decree, DTG agreed not to engage in sexual harassment and not to retaliate against employees who file charges or otherwise cooperate with the EEOC. DTG was required to distribute its anti-harassment policy to all employees, to provide 4 hours of sex discrimination training annually to all managers and supervisory personnel at the facility in which the employee worked, to post an equal employment notice, to report sexual harassment claims and their resolution to the EEOC every six months, to expunge the employee's personnel file, and to provide a letter of reference. No further court activity appears on the docket, and the case is now closed.Kenneth Gray - 07/29/2013