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Case Name EEOC v. TELE-SERVICING INNOVATIONS, INC. EE-ID-0030
Docket / Court CIV03-221-E-MHW ( D. Idaho )
State/Territory Idaho
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
The Seattle Office of the EEOC brought this suit against Tele-Servicing Innovations, Inc. in June 2003 in the United States District Court for the District of Idaho. The complaint alleged that Tele-Servicing intentionally terminated the complainant in retaliation for her participation in protected ... read more >
The Seattle Office of the EEOC brought this suit against Tele-Servicing Innovations, Inc. in June 2003 in the United States District Court for the District of Idaho. The complaint alleged that Tele-Servicing intentionally terminated the complainant in retaliation for her participation in protected EEO activity, including the filing of internal complaints of sexual harassment, in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The complainant intervened alleging gender discrimination, sexual harassment and a hostile work environment, and retaliation in violation of Title VII and Idaho Human Rights Act. She also alleged breach of employment contract, breach of covenant of good faith, and negligent or intentional infliction of emotional distress. After the defendant failed to answer the complaint, the intervenor-plaintiff and the EEOC moved for entry of default against Tele-Servicing in October and November 2003 respectively. Default judgment against Tele-Servicing was awarded to the plaintiffs in June 2004.

The default judgment awarded a total of $208,833 to the plaintiffs. The intervenor-plaintiff was awarded $8,240 in back pay plus $593 in pre-judgment interest, $125,000 in compensatory damages and $75,000 in punitive damages. The court permanently enjoined Tele-Servicing from engaging in any employment practice constituting retaliation based on a person engaging in EEO activity.

Jason Chester - 05/28/2008


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Content of Injunction
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) Tele-Servicing Innovations, 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 Damages
Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Litigation
Form of Settlement None on record
Order Duration not on record
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)
4:03−cv−00221 (D. Idaho) 07/12/2006
EE-ID-0030-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 05/29/2003
EE-ID-0030-0001 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Memorandum in Support of Motion to Intervene 07/11/2003
EE-ID-0030-0002 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Intervenor's Complaint 08/11/2003
EE-ID-0030-0003 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Entry of Default 12/22/2003 (D. Idaho)
EE-ID-0030-0004 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Default Judgment 06/18/2004 (D. Idaho)
EE-ID-0030-0005 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Deponent's Objection to Subpeona 09/15/2005
EE-ID-0030-0006 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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