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Case Name EEOC v. HENREDON FURNITURE INDUSTRIES, INC. EE-NC-0050
Docket / Court 1:06-cv-00744-WLO-RAE ( M.D. N.C. )
State/Territory North Carolina
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
In September 2006, the Charlotte District Office and Raleigh Area Office of the EEOC filed this lawsuit against Henrendon Furniture Industries, Inc. in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina, alleging discrimination on the basis of race, African-American, in violation of ... read more >
In September 2006, the Charlotte District Office and Raleigh Area Office of the EEOC filed this lawsuit against Henrendon Furniture Industries, Inc. in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina, alleging discrimination on the basis of race, African-American, in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Specifically, the complaint alleged the defendant subjected the complaining parties to a racially hostile work environment. Following some discovery, the parties settled the lawsuit in January 2008 through a consent decree.

The three-year decree, containing anti-discrimination and retaliation language, required the defendant to: report complaints and make other compliance reports, allow the EEOC access for monitoring, expunge the complainants' employment records and provide references, post and distribute notice of employee rights, provide employee training, revise its harassment policy, and pay $465,000 to seven individuals.

Daisy Manning - 05/08/2008


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Content of Injunction
Discrimination Prohibition
Expungement of Employment Record
Monitoring
Neutral/Positive Reference
Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law
Provide antidiscrimination training
Reporting
Retaliation Prohibition
Discrimination-area
Harassment / Hostile Work Environment
Discrimination-basis
Race discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
General
Disparate Treatment
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Race
Black
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
Defendant(s) Henrendon Furniture Industries, 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 Settlement
Form of Settlement Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree
Order Duration 2008 - 2011
Case Closing Year 2008
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)
1:06-cv-00744-WLO-RAE (M.D. N.C.) 01/23/2008
EE-NC-0050-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 09/06/2006
EE-NC-0050-0001 PDF | Detail
Consent Decree 01/23/2008
EE-NC-0050-0003 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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