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Case Name EEOC v. Ryder / Ate EE-AL-0036
Docket / Court 7:02-cv-00796-UWC ( N.D. Ala. )
State/Territory Alabama
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection IWPR/Wage Project Consent Decree Study
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
On March 29, 2002, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ("EEOC"), on behalf of a female employee (plaintiff-intervenor) at a trucking company, filed a lawsuit in the Northern District Court of Alabama under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, against Ryder/ATE, Inc. The ... read more >
On March 29, 2002, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ("EEOC"), on behalf of a female employee (plaintiff-intervenor) at a trucking company, filed a lawsuit in the Northern District Court of Alabama under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, against Ryder/ATE, Inc. The EEOC sought injunctive relief, compensatory damages, punitive damages, attorneys' fees and costs, and other forms of affirmative relief claiming that the defendant, through the actions of one of its supervisors, was liable for sexual harassment.

According to the complaint, starting in the fall of 2008 and continuing into 2009, the plaintiff-intervenor at defendant's Alabama worksite was subjected to offensive sexual comments and inappropriate touching of private body parts by her supervisor. In order to avoid this sexual harassment, the complainant transferred to another lesser paying job. She also took time off of work because of the emotional distress she experienced. The defendant acknowledged that, in January 1999, the complainant reported the sexual harassment to the General Manager. Nothing was done until she made a second report in July 1999.


On July 23, 2002, the employee who suffered the sexual harassment filed a complaint as the plaintiff-intervenor. On October 10, 2002, the EEOC and plaintiff-intervenor filed an amended complaint. On September 9, 2003, the District Court (Judge U.W. Clemon) issued a consent decree where the defendant had to pay the plaintiff-intervenor $85,000 and reinstate her in her previous position, with seniority.

Perry Miska - 04/07/2014


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Content of Injunction
Reinstatement
Retroactive Senority
Defendant-type
Transportation
Discrimination-area
Harassment / Hostile Work Environment
Discrimination-basis
Sex discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
Private Party intervened in EEOC suit
General
Disparate Treatment
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
Defendant(s) First Transit, Inc.
Ryder / ATE Inc.
Plaintiff Description Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, on behalf of a female worker who was allegedly sexually harassed.
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 - 2003
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)
7:02−cv−00796 (N.D. Ala.) 09/09/2003
EE-AL-0036-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 03/29/2002
EE-AL-0036-0001.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Plaintiff-Intervenor's Complaint 07/23/2002
EE-AL-0036-0004.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Amended Complaint 10/10/2002
EE-AL-0036-0003.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Consent Decree 09/09/2003
EE-AL-0036-0002.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Clemon, U. W. (N.D. Ala.)
EE-AL-0036-0002 | EE-AL-0036-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Archer, Naomi Hilton (Alabama)
EE-AL-0036-0001 | EE-AL-0036-9000
Byrd, Mildred (Alabama)
EE-AL-0036-0001 | EE-AL-0036-0002 | EE-AL-0036-0003 | EE-AL-0036-9000
Crook, Debra Hawes (Alabama)
EE-AL-0036-0002 | EE-AL-0036-0003 | EE-AL-0036-9000
Guerrier, Charles (Alabama)
EE-AL-0036-0001 | EE-AL-0036-0003 | EE-AL-0036-9000
Inzeo, Nicholas (District of Columbia)
EE-AL-0036-0001 | EE-AL-0036-0003 | EE-AL-0036-9000
Lemley, Daniel C. (Alabama)
EE-AL-0036-0004 | EE-AL-0036-9000
Reams, Gwendolyn Young (District of Columbia)
EE-AL-0036-0001 | EE-AL-0036-0003 | EE-AL-0036-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Kallon, Abdul Karim (Alabama)
EE-AL-0036-0002 | EE-AL-0036-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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