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Case Name EEOC v. West Covina Motors EE-CA-0272
Docket / Court 02-6382 SVW ( C.D. Cal. )
State/Territory California
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection IWPR/Wage Project Consent Decree Study
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
On August 15, 2002, the EEOC, on behalf of a female employee, filed a complaint in the United States District Court for the Central District of California alleging the defendant West Covina Motors, Inc. violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The complaint asserted that the charging ... read more >
On August 15, 2002, the EEOC, on behalf of a female employee, filed a complaint in the United States District Court for the Central District of California alleging the defendant West Covina Motors, Inc. violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The complaint asserted that the charging party was subjected to sexual harassment and retaliation.

On April 24, 2003, the court (Judge Wilson) approved a consent decree terminating the case. The decree included $75,000 in damages and enjoined the defendant against further harassment. Provisions in the decree included a new set of policies and a revamped training program for employees regarding harassment in addition to the requirement that posters with pertinent information be placed in the workplace. The decree would remain in effect until July 15, 2005, for a total of 27 months.

David Miller - 08/24/2010


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Content of Injunction
Discrimination Prohibition
Implement complaint/dispute resolution process
Monitoring
Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law
Provide antidiscrimination training
Recordkeeping
Reporting
Defendant-type
Retailer
Discrimination-area
Harassment / Hostile Work Environment
Other Conditions of Employment (including assignment, transfer, hours, working conditions, etc)
Discrimination-basis
Sex discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
General
Disparate Treatment
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
Defendant(s) West Covina Motors
Plaintiff Description EEOC on behalf of female employee who had been subjected to sexual harassment and retaliation in violation of Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act
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 2003 - 2005
Case Closing Year 2003
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)
2:02−cv−06382 (C.D. Cal.) 04/24/2003
EE-CA-0272-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
New Case Order 08/15/2002 (C.D. Cal.)
EE-CA-0272-0001 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Consent Decree 04/24/2003 (C.D. Cal.)
EE-CA-0272-0002 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Wilson, Stephen Victor (C.D. Cal.)
EE-CA-0272-0001 | EE-CA-0272-0002
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Blake, Samantha E. (California)
EE-CA-0272-9000
Park, Anna Y. (California)
EE-CA-0272-0002 | EE-CA-0272-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Kelly, Mairen C. (Georgia)
EE-CA-0272-0002 | EE-CA-0272-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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