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Case Name EEOC v. SPD Technologies, Inc. EE-PA-0152
Docket / Court 04-5771 ( E.D. Pa. )
State/Territory Pennsylvania
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection IWPR/Wage Project Consent Decree Study
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
On December 13, 2004, EEOC, on behalf of a female employee, filed a complaint in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania alleging violations of the Equal Pay Act of 1963, Title VII of the Civil Rights Right of 1964 and Title I of the Civil Rights Act of 1991. The ... read more >
On December 13, 2004, EEOC, on behalf of a female employee, filed a complaint in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania alleging violations of the Equal Pay Act of 1963, Title VII of the Civil Rights Right of 1964 and Title I of the Civil Rights Act of 1991. The complaint asserted that despite doing equal work, the employee was paid substantially lower wages and despite her complaints this practice continued, causing emotional distress. As a result, the plaintiff sought compensatory and punitive damages including back pay.

On August 16, 2005, the court (Judge Charles R. Weiner) approved a consent decree. The decree enjoined SPD Technologies from engaging in discrimination against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of sex in violation of Title VII, Title I or the EPA. Additionally, the two year consent decree awarded the charging party $95,000 in monetary relief and required her annual salary to be raised to $71,088.

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
Retaliation Prohibition
Defendant-type
Retailer
Discrimination-area
Pay / Benefits
Discrimination-basis
Sex discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
General
Disparate Treatment
Retaliation
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Causes of Action Equal Pay Act, 29 U.S.C. § 206(d)
Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. § 2000e
Defendant(s) SPD Technologies Inc.
Plaintiff Description Joan McLaughlin, who was subjected to discrimination based on her gender which included lower wages for equal work and emotional distress.
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 2005 - 2007
Case Closing Year 2005
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)
2:04−cv−05771 (E.D. Pa.) 08/16/2005
EE-PA-0152-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 12/13/2004
EE-PA-0152-0001.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Third Party Complaint 03/14/2005
EE-PA-0152-0002.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
EEOC Litigation Settlement Summary 08/17/2005
EE-PA-0152-0003.pdf | Detail
Document Source: EEOC.gov
Judges None on record
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers None on record
Defendant's Lawyers None on record
Other Lawyers None on record

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