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Case Name EEOC v. HOME DEPOT U.S.A., INC. EE-NY-0074
Docket / Court 1:05-cv-04486-ENV-CLP ( E.D.N.Y. )
State/Territory New York
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
The New York office of the EEOC brought this suit against Home Depot U.S.A., Inc. in the U.S. Court for the Eastern District of New York in September 2005. The complaint alleged that the claimant and a class of similarly situated employees were discriminated against because of their national ... read more >
The New York office of the EEOC brought this suit against Home Depot U.S.A., Inc. in the U.S. Court for the Eastern District of New York in September 2005. The complaint alleged that the claimant and a class of similarly situated employees were discriminated against because of their national origin and retaliated against in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. More specifically, the complaint alleged that the defendant created a hostile work environment by harassing employees of West Indian origin which adversely affected their status as employees and retaliated against employees of West Indian origin who complained. Home Depot U.S.A., Inc. filed a motion for summary judgment which was denied, but the judge subsequently issued a stay in the suit. After the parties submitted numerous status reports, the EEOC filed a motion to dismiss the case with prejudice on April 3, 2008. The parties reached a settlement in March 2008, and the case was dismissed on April 22, 2008. The contents of the settlement agreement are unknown.

Kevin Wilemon - 05/29/2008


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Discrimination-area
Discharge / Constructive Discharge / Layoff
Harassment / Hostile Work Environment
Discrimination-basis
National origin discrimination
Race discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
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) Home Depot U.S.A., Inc.
Plaintiff Description Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, on behalf of one or more workers.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations EEOC
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief Unknown
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Voluntary Dismissal
Order Duration not on record
Case Closing Year 2008
Case Ongoing Yes
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)
1:05-cv-04486-ENV-CLP (E.D.N.Y.) 04/23/2008
EE-NY-0074-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 09/22/2005
EE-NY-0074-0001.pdf | Detail
Stipulation and Order of Dismissal 04/03/2007 (E.D.N.Y.)
EE-NY-0074-0003.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Memorandum and Order 07/20/2007 (E.D.N.Y.)
EE-NY-0074-0002.pdf | Detail
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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