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Case Name EEOC v. Wolverine Bronze Company EE-MI-0178
Docket / Court 2:04CV73813 ( E.D. Mich. )
State/Territory Michigan
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection IWPR/Wage Project Consent Decree Study
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
On September 29, 2004 the EEOC filed complaint in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan on behalf of an individual employee and others similarly situated. The complaint alleged violations of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 committed by the Wolverine Bronze ... read more >
On September 29, 2004 the EEOC filed complaint in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan on behalf of an individual employee and others similarly situated. The complaint alleged violations of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 committed by the Wolverine Bronze Company, Inc. for allowing racial harassment which created a hostile work environment. Additionally, the EEOC claimed the defendant failed to take action to stop the harassment.

On November 9, 2005, Judge George Caram Steeh approved a consent decree. The charging party was awarded $100,000 in affirmative relief as damages. Additionally, the defendant agreed to set up an entirely new system of reporting, record keeping, discipline, and employee training in regards to harassment. Also, a non-retaliation provision was included along with a posting of notice at the workplace. The decree had a two year duration and closed the case.

David Miller - 09/01/2010


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Content of Injunction
Implement complaint/dispute resolution process
Monitoring
Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law
Provide antidiscrimination training
Recordkeeping
Reporting
Retaliation Prohibition
Defendant-type
Retailer
Discrimination-area
Harassment / Hostile Work Environment
Discrimination-basis
Race discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
General
Disparate Treatment
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Race
Race, unspecified
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
Defendant(s) Wolverine Bronze Company
Plaintiff Description EEOC on behalf of employee of Wolverine Bronze Company subjected to a hostile work environment on account of racial harassment
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−73813 (E.D. Mich.) 12/12/2005
EE-MI-0178-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 09/29/2004
EE-MI-0178-0001.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Stipulation and Order Permitting Intervention 12/28/2004 (E.D. Mich.)
EE-MI-0178-0002.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Consent Decree 11/09/2005 (E.D. Mich.)
EE-MI-0178-0003.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Steeh, George Caram III (E.D. Mich.)
EE-MI-0178-0002 | EE-MI-0178-0003
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Dawkins, Robert (Michigan)
EE-MI-0178-0001 | EE-MI-0178-9000
Fagan, Barry S. (Michigan)
EE-MI-0178-0002 | EE-MI-0178-9000
Milligan, Jeffrey R. (Michigan)
EE-MI-0178-9000
Price, Dale (Michigan)
EE-MI-0178-0001 | EE-MI-0178-0002 | EE-MI-0178-9000
Rapport, Adele (Michigan)
EE-MI-0178-0001 | EE-MI-0178-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Sutton, Kevin T. (Michigan)
EE-MI-0178-0002 | EE-MI-0178-9000
Young, Karin M. (Michigan)
EE-MI-0178-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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