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Case Name EEOC v. ABERCROMBIE & FITCH STORES INC EE-CA-0006
Docket / Court 3:04-cv-04731-SI ( N.D. Cal. )
State/Territory California
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
IWPR/Wage Project Consent Decree Study
Case Summary
In November of 2004, the EEOC district offices in Chicago and Los Angeles brought suit in U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, against Abercrombie & Fitch, a nationwide clothing retailer. The complaint alleged that the company violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act by carrying ... read more >
In November of 2004, the EEOC district offices in Chicago and Los Angeles brought suit in U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, against Abercrombie & Fitch, a nationwide clothing retailer. The complaint alleged that the company violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act by carrying out a pattern or practice of discrimination in hiring and promotion on the basis of sex, race, color, and national origin.

The case was consolidated with two class action suits brought by private plaintiffs (Gonzalez v. Abercrombie & Fitch, Case No. 03-2817 and West v. Abercrombie & Fitch, Case No. 04-4730). The case was settled, and a consent decree was given final approval by the court in April of 2005. Under the terms of the consent decree, Abercrombie agreed to pay more than $40 million into a settlement fund. The decree (the duration of which is six years) also provided for extensive injunctive relief; Abercrombie is required to create an "Office of Diversity" to ensure that the company's hiring procedures and marketing materials reflect an appropriate racial and gender balance. The EEOC, along with the private plaintiffs' counsel and a Special Monitor appointed by the Court, will work closely with the company to oversee its compliance with the decree.

Jason Chester - 06/18/2008


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Content of Injunction
Comply with advertising/recruiting requirements
Develop anti-discrimination policy
Discrimination Prohibition
Follow recruitment, hiring, or promotion protocols
Goals and Timekeeping
Implement complaint/dispute resolution process
Monitor/Master
Monitoring
Other requirements regarding hiring, promotion, retention
Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law
Provide antidiscrimination training
Recordkeeping
Reporting
Retaliation Prohibition
Utilize objective hiring/promotion criteria
Utilize objective job description
Discrimination-area
Discharge / Constructive Discharge / Layoff
Hiring
Other Conditions of Employment (including assignment, transfer, hours, working conditions, etc)
Promotion
Discrimination-basis
National origin discrimination
Race discrimination
Sex discrimination
General
Disparate Treatment
Pattern or Practice
National Origin/Ethnicity
Hispanic
Indian
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Private Plaintiff
Race
Asian/Pacific Islander
Black
Causes of Action State Anti-Discrimination Law
Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
Defendant(s) A & F California, LLC
A & F Management Co., Inc.
A & F Ohio, Inc.
Abercrombie & Fitch Stores, Inc.
Plaintiff Description Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, on behalf of one or more workers.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status granted Yes
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 - 2011
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)
3:04-cv-04731-SI (N.D. Cal.) 09/06/2006
EE-CA-0006-9000 PDF | Detail
General Documents
Complaint - Civil Rights Employment Discrimination 11/08/2004
EE-CA-0006-0001 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Stipulation of Proposed Settlement and [Proposed] Order of Preliminary Approval of Proposed Consent Decree 11/12/2004
EE-CA-0006-0022 PDF | Detail
Consent Decree 11/12/2004
EE-CA-0006-0023 PDF | Detail
Order Relating Cases 11/12/2004 (N.D. Cal.)
EE-CA-0006-0030 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
EEOC Agrees to Landmark Resolution of Discrimination Case Against Abercrombie & Fitch 11/16/2004
EE-CA-0006-0005 PDF | Detail
Stipulation of Proposed Settlement and [Proposed] Order of Preliminary Approval of Proposed Consent Decree 11/17/2004 (N.D. Cal.)
EE-CA-0006-0029 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Notice of Motion and Plaintiffs' Motion for Order Granting Approval of Consent Decree and Memorandum of Points and Authorities 04/11/2005
EE-CA-0006-0025 PDF | Detail
EEOC's Memorandum of Points and Authorities In Support of Plaintiffs' Motion for Order Granting Final Approval of Consent Decree 04/12/2005
EE-CA-0006-0003 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Notice of Filing and Plaintiff EEOC's Response to Objector Potter's Letter of April 12, 2005 04/14/2005
EE-CA-0006-0004 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Consent Decree 04/15/2005
EE-CA-0006-0008 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Consent Decree 04/15/2005
EE-CA-0006-0027 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
[Proposed] Order Directing the Parties to File Under Seal the Court-Appointed Monitor's Report and Executive Summary 09/06/2006 (N.D. Cal.)
EE-CA-0006-0009 PDF | Detail
Judges None on record
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Alexander, Elizabeth R. (District of Columbia)
EE-CA-0006-0022 | EE-CA-0006-0025
Cervantez, Eve Hedy (California)
EE-CA-0006-0022 | EE-CA-0006-0025
Clobes, Bryan L (Pennsylvania)
EE-CA-0006-0022 | EE-CA-0006-0025
Cohen, Hilary (Pennsylvania)
EE-CA-0006-0022 | EE-CA-0006-0025
D'Urso, Martin J. (Pennsylvania)
EE-CA-0006-0022 | EE-CA-0006-0025
Dermody, Kelly M. (California)
EE-CA-0006-0022 | EE-CA-0006-0025
Dreiband, Eric S. (District of Columbia)
EE-CA-0006-0022
Duarte, Lisa (California)
EE-CA-0006-0022 | EE-CA-0006-0025
Fields, Cleo (Louisiana)
EE-CA-0006-0022 | EE-CA-0006-0025
Forrester, Melody (Pennsylvania)
EE-CA-0006-0022 | EE-CA-0006-0025
Gochanour, Gregory M. (Illinois)
EE-CA-0006-0003 | EE-CA-0006-0022
Gold, Sidney L. (Pennsylvania)
EE-CA-0006-0022 | EE-CA-0006-0025
Goldstein, Barry L (California)
EE-CA-0006-0022 | EE-CA-0006-0025
Gottesman, Zachary (Ohio)
EE-CA-0006-0022 | EE-CA-0006-0025
Greenberg, Traci M. (Pennsylvania)
EE-CA-0006-0022 | EE-CA-0006-0025
Hendrickson, John C. (Illinois)
EE-CA-0006-0003 | EE-CA-0006-0022
Keller, James (Ohio)
EE-CA-0006-0022 | EE-CA-0006-0025
Kohn, Joseph C. (Pennsylvania)
EE-CA-0006-0022 | EE-CA-0006-0025
Lee, Bill Lann (District of Columbia)
EE-CA-0006-0022 | EE-CA-0006-0025
Lee, Jack W. (California)
EE-CA-0006-0022 | EE-CA-0006-0025
Lerner, Jeffrey D. (Pennsylvania)
EE-CA-0006-0022 | EE-CA-0006-0025
Ota, John (California)
EE-CA-0006-0022 | EE-CA-0006-0025
Park, Anna Y. (California)
EE-CA-0006-0022 | EE-CA-0006-0025
Reams, Gwendolyn Young (District of Columbia)
EE-CA-0006-0022
Saenz, Thomas A. (California)
EE-CA-0006-0022 | EE-CA-0006-0025
Sagafi, Jahan C (California)
EE-CA-0006-0022 | EE-CA-0006-0025
Sekhon, Nirej S. (California)
EE-CA-0006-0022 | EE-CA-0006-0025
Simons, Shaheena Ahmad (California)
EE-CA-0006-0022 | EE-CA-0006-0025
Su, Julie A (California)
EE-CA-0006-0022 | EE-CA-0006-0025
West-Faulcon, Kimberly (California)
EE-CA-0006-0022 | EE-CA-0006-0025
Defendant's Lawyers Anderson, Sandra J. (Ohio)
EE-CA-0006-0022
Kearney, Sandra A. (California)
EE-CA-0006-0022
Knueve, Mark A. (Ohio)
EE-CA-0006-0022
Norman, Jonathan M. (Ohio)
EE-CA-0006-0022
Ridgley, Thomas Brennan (Ohio)
EE-CA-0006-0022
Young, Douglas R. (California)
EE-CA-0006-0022
Other Lawyers None on record

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