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Case Name EEOC v. TOM LANGE COMPANY, INC. EE-PA-0168
Docket / Court 2:05-cv-00955-TFM ( W.D. Pa. )
State/Territory Pennsylvania
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection IWPR/Wage Project Consent Decree Study
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
On July 13, 2005, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ("EEOC"), on behalf of a female employee at a distributor of fruits and vegetables (plaintiff-intervenor), filed a lawsuit in the Western District Court of Pennsylvania, under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Title I of the ... read more >
On July 13, 2005, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ("EEOC"), on behalf of a female employee at a distributor of fruits and vegetables (plaintiff-intervenor), filed a lawsuit in the Western District Court of Pennsylvania, under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Title I of the Civil Rights Act of 1991, against Tom Lange Company, 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 and retaliated against her after she complained about sexual harassment.

On July 26, 2005, the plaintiff-intervenor filed a complaint alleging the same as the plaintiff above but adding state claims against her supervisors. On September 20, 2005, the District Court (Judge Terrence F. McVerry) entered a consent decree where the defendant, among other things, agreed to pay the plaintiff-intervenor $100,000, and pay plaintiff-intervenor's counsel $50,000 in attorneys' fees.

Perry Miska - 04/22/2014


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Content of Injunction
Discrimination Prohibition
Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law
Provide antidiscrimination training
Recordkeeping
Retaliation Prohibition
Discrimination-area
Discharge / Constructive Discharge / Layoff
Harassment / Hostile Work Environment
Discrimination-basis
Sex discrimination
EEOC-centric
Private Party intervened in EEOC suit
General
Disparate Treatment
Retaliation
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
Defendant(s) TOM LANGE COMPANY, INC.
Plaintiff Description Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, on behalf of a female employee at a wholesale distributor of fruits and vegetables alleging sexual harassment and retaliation.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations EEOC
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief Attorneys fees
Damages
Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree
Order Duration 2005 - 2008
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)
2:05-cv-00955-TFM (W.D. Pa.) 09/23/2005
EE-PA-0168-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 07/13/2005
EE-PA-0168-0001.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
[Intervenor's Complaint] 07/26/2005
EE-PA-0168-0002.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Consent Decree 09/20/2005
EE-PA-0168-0003.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
EEOC Litigation Settlement Report 09/22/2005
EE-PA-0168-0005.pdf | Detail
Document Source: EEOC.gov
Order of Court [Dismissing Case] 09/23/2005 (W.D. Pa.)
EE-PA-0168-0004.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges McVerry, Terrence F. (W.D. Pa.)
EE-PA-0168-0003 | EE-PA-0168-0004 | EE-PA-0168-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Clickner, M. Jean (Pennsylvania)
EE-PA-0168-0001 | EE-PA-0168-0003 | EE-PA-0168-9000
McNair, Jacqueline H. (Pennsylvania)
EE-PA-0168-0001 | EE-PA-0168-0003
Moore, Francis M. (Pennsylvania)
EE-PA-0168-0002 | EE-PA-0168-9000
O'Boyle, Judith A. (Pennsylvania)
EE-PA-0168-0001 | EE-PA-0168-0003 | EE-PA-0168-9000
Reams, Gwendolyn Young (District of Columbia)
EE-PA-0168-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Miller, Gregory A. (Pennsylvania)
EE-PA-0168-9000
Tuite, Jaime S. (Pennsylvania)
EE-PA-0168-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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