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Case Name EEOC v. El Dorado Stone, LLC EE-WA-0015
Docket / Court CV03-2768JLR ( W.D. Wash. )
State/Territory Washington
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
IWPR/Wage Project Consent Decree Study
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
The EEOC's Seattle district office sued Eldorado Stone LLC, a national stone supplier and construction company, on September 5, 2003 in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington. The EEOC's complaint alleged that Eldorado violated Title VII when it discriminated against two of ... read more >
The EEOC's Seattle district office sued Eldorado Stone LLC, a national stone supplier and construction company, on September 5, 2003 in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington. The EEOC's complaint alleged that Eldorado violated Title VII when it discriminated against two of its employees based on sex (female) and retaliated against four of its employees for their protests of this hostile work environment when it terminated their employment. All four employees intervened in the complaint in January 2004. In June 2004, Eldorado moved for summary judgment and did so again on the issue of the applicable damages cap in September 2004. The court addressed both motions for summary judgment in November 2004 by dismissing the first as moot and granting the second. The parties ultimately settled in mid-November 2004 and the court entered a consent decree on December 3, 2004. The three year consent decree required the defendant to update its discrimination policy; hold annual training sessions on sexual harassment; implement a complaint procedure; post a notice of Title VII rights; distribute its new discrimination policy; and pay a lump sum of $475,000.

Kevin Wilemon - 06/07/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Content of Injunction
Discrimination Prohibition
Expungement of Employment Record
Implement complaint/dispute resolution process
Neutral/Positive Reference
Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law
Provide antidiscrimination training
Reporting
Retaliation Prohibition
Discrimination-area
Discharge / Constructive Discharge / Layoff
Harassment / Hostile Work Environment
Discrimination-basis
Sex discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
Private Party intervened in EEOC suit
General
Disparate Treatment
Retaliation
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
State law
State Anti-Discrimination Law
Defendant(s) Eldorado Stone LLC
Eldorado Stone Operations LLC
Elmer Rodriquez
Timothy O'Dell
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 Damages
Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree
Order Duration 2004 - 2007
Case Closing Year 2004
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)
2:03-cv-02768-JLR (W.D. Wash.) 07/04/2006
EE-WA-0015-9000.pdf | Detail
General Documents
Complaint 09/05/2003
EE-WA-0015-0001.pdf | Detail
Complaint of Plaintiff-Intervenors 01/12/2004
EE-WA-0015-0003.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Defendant Elmer Rodriguez's answer to Complaint of Plaintiff-Intervenors 03/22/2004 (W.D. Wash.)
EE-WA-0015-0005.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
First Amended Complaint 06/15/2004
EE-WA-0015-0006.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
First Amended Complaint of Plaintiff-Intervenors 07/01/2004
EE-WA-0015-0009.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order 11/02/2004 (W.D. Wash.)
EE-WA-0015-0015.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Consent Decree 12/03/2004
EE-WA-0015-0017.pdf | Detail
Stipulation and Order of Dismissal 12/13/2004 (W.D. Wash.)
EE-WA-0015-0016.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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