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Case Name EEOC v. Metro Networks EE-MO-0053
Docket / Court 4:02CV00974 ( E.D. Mo. )
State/Territory Missouri
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection IWPR/Wage Project Consent Decree Study
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
In this Title VII lawsuit, the St. Louis District Office of the EEOC alleged that defendant, a provider of news and traffic reports to radio stations, subjected charging party, a Desk, Traffic and News reporter, to a hostile working environment and fired him because of his race (black). A white ... read more >
In this Title VII lawsuit, the St. Louis District Office of the EEOC alleged that defendant, a provider of news and traffic reports to radio stations, subjected charging party, a Desk, Traffic and News reporter, to a hostile working environment and fired him because of his race (black). A white management official allegedly used racial epithets and told charging party that people of his race are "stupid" and should not be working at the station. The case was resolved through a consent decree which provides for payment of $150,000 to charging party.

Defendant agreed not to discriminate based on race in the hiring, firing, work assignments, pay, evaluation, promotion or any other term or condition of employment at defendant's St. Louis office. Defendant also agreed not to discriminate against or harass African-American employees and not to retaliate against any employee who opposes unlawful conduct. Defendant agreed to require the harasser to receive 20 hours of racial sensitivity training from a trainer approved by EEOC. Defendant also agreed to issue a letter of reprimand to the harasser, put him on probation, and make him ineligible for pay raises, increases in benefits, transfers to better jobs and promotions for one year. Defendant agreed to issue a letter of apology to charging party and to provide him with a signed letter of reference stating that his attendance and job performance as a reporter were excellent in all respects.

Denise Heberle - 10/01/2010


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Content of Injunction
Apology
Develop anti-discrimination policy
Discrimination Prohibition
Expungement of Employment Record
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
Race discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
General
Disparate Treatment
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Race
Black
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
Defendant(s) Metro Networks Communications, Inc.
Plaintiff Description EEOC on behalf of African-American employee alleging harassment and discharge on basis of race
Indexed Lawyer Organizations EEOC
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree
Order Duration 2003 - 2006
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)
4:02−cv−00974 (E.D. Mo.) 04/15/2003
EE-MO-0053-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Consent Decree 04/15/2003
EE-MO-0053-0001 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
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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