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Case Name EEOC v. DEES FAMILY RESTAURANT EE-UT-0006
Docket / Court 2:05CV00282 PGC ( D. Utah )
State/Territory Utah
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
IWPR/Wage Project Consent Decree Study
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
On March 31, 2005, the Phoenix and Salt Lake City offices of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed a lawsuit under Title VII against Dee's Family Restaurants in the U.S. District Court for the District of Utah. The EEOC alleged that the defendants had violated the rights of a class of ... read more >
On March 31, 2005, the Phoenix and Salt Lake City offices of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed a lawsuit under Title VII against Dee's Family Restaurants in the U.S. District Court for the District of Utah. The EEOC alleged that the defendants had violated the rights of a class of female employees by subjecting them to a hostile work environment, wherein they were sexually harassed by male employees.

On May 20, 2005, three of the complaintants filed a motion to intervene as plaintiffs in the case. On August 18, 2005, the parties filed a consent decree, which the district court adopted four days later. Under the terms of the decree, defendants were ordered to pay complaintants a total of $60,000 in damages within 15 days of the entry of the consent decree. This sum would be divided among the complaintants and their attorney in an unspecified manner. In addition, within 3 months of the decree, defendant was required to hold annual 2-hour training seminars on the avoidance of employment discrimination. Six months after the decree was adopted by the district court, and at the end of the same year, the defendants were required to report to the EEOC by sending a copy of the revised employee handbook, as well as the identity and contact information for any person against whom an allegation of employment discrimination had been made. They were also required to send the EEOC a list of all persons who had signed the roll of attendance at the employment discrimination seminars.

Kristen Sagar - 02/14/2008


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Content of Injunction
Develop anti-discrimination policy
Discrimination Prohibition
Expungement of Employment Record
Implement complaint/dispute resolution process
Monitoring
Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law
Provide antidiscrimination training
Recordkeeping
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
Pattern or Practice
Retaliation
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
Defendant(s) Dee's
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 2005 - 2006
Case Closing Year 2005
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)
2:05-cv-00282-PGC (D. Utah) 08/22/2005
EE-UT-0006-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint and Jury Trial Demand 03/31/2005
EE-UT-0006-0001.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Consent Decree 08/22/2005
EE-UT-0006-0002.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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