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Case Name EEOC v. HENLEY ENTERPRISES, INC. D/B/A VALVOLINE EE-MD-0049
Docket / Court 1:04-CV-03106 ( D. Md. )
State/Territory Maryland
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection IWPR/Wage Project Consent Decree Study
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
On September 29, 2004, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ("EEOC"), on behalf of an African American employee (plaintiff-intervenor), filed a lawsuit in the District Court of Maryland, under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Title I of the Civil Rights Act of 1991, against ... read more >
On September 29, 2004, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ("EEOC"), on behalf of an African American employee (plaintiff-intervenor), filed a lawsuit in the District Court of Maryland, under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Title I of the Civil Rights Act of 1991, against Hensley Enterprises, Inc. and Mid-Atlantic Lubes, LLC. The EEOC sought injunctive relief, compensatory damages, punitive damages, reinstatement of the plaintiff-intervenor, attorneys' fees, and other forms of affirmative relief, claiming that the defendants subjected the plaintiff-intervenor to a racially hostile work environment and, in retaliation for plaintiff-intervenor's complaints of racial discrimination, reduced his hours, denied him training, and discharged him.

On February 25, 2005, the complainant filed a motion to intervene and a complaint as plaintiff-intervenor; however, the court ruled it as moot due to the consent decree. On April 7, 2005, the District Court (Judge William M. Nickerson) entered a consent decree where the defendants, among other things, agreed to pay the plaintiff-intervenor $30,000.

Perry Miska - 04/13/2014


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Content of Injunction
Discrimination Prohibition
Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law
Provide antidiscrimination training
Discrimination-area
Discharge / Constructive Discharge / Layoff
Harassment / Hostile Work Environment
Training
Discrimination-basis
Race discrimination
EEOC-centric
EEOC intervened in private suit
General
Disparate Treatment
Retaliation
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Race
Black
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
Defendant(s) Henley Enterprises, Inc.
Mid−Atlantic Lubes, LLC
Plaintiff Description Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, on behalf of a black employee who allegedly had his hours reduced, was denied training, and was discharged in retaliation for his complaints.
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 None on record
Order Duration 2005 - 2005
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)
1:04−cv−03106 (D. Md.) 04/07/2005
EE-MD-0049-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 09/29/2004
EE-MD-0049-0001 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Consent Decree 04/07/2005
EE-MD-0049-0002 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Nickerson, William M. (D. Md.)
EE-MD-0049-0002 | EE-MD-0049-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Jefferson, Anna L. (Maryland)
EE-MD-0049-9000
Kiel, Gerald (Maryland)
EE-MD-0049-0001 | EE-MD-0049-0002 | EE-MD-0049-9000
Lawrence, Debra Michele (Maryland)
EE-MD-0049-0001 | EE-MD-0049-0002 | EE-MD-0049-9000
Reams, Gwendolyn Young (District of Columbia)
EE-MD-0049-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Williamson, Carolyn Chappell (Maryland)
EE-MD-0049-0002 | EE-MD-0049-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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