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Case Name EEOC v. ISSA ENTERPRISES, INC. DBA THE COLORADO GRILL EE-AR-0026
Docket / Court 6:06-cv-06053-JLH ( W.D. Ark. )
State/Territory Arkansas
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
In September 2006, the Little Rock Area Office and Memphis Office of the EEOC filed this lawsuit against ISSA Enterprises, Inc., doing business as Colorado Grill, in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Arkansas alleging discrimination on the basis of sex, female, in violation of ... read more >
In September 2006, the Little Rock Area Office and Memphis Office of the EEOC filed this lawsuit against ISSA Enterprises, Inc., doing business as Colorado Grill, in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Arkansas alleging discrimination on the basis of sex, female, in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Specifically, the complaint alleged that the defendant subjected the complainants to a hostile work environment, leading to the constructive discharge of complaining parties, and subjected a complaining party to retaliation. Following discovery, a failed motion to dismiss and for summary judgment by the defendant and a pending motion for summary judgment by the EEOC, the parties settled the lawsuit in September 2007 through a consent decree.

The three-year decree, containing an anti-retaliation provision, required the defendant to: provide a neutral reference for the complainants, post and distribute notice of employee rights, provide EEO training, and pay $15,000 to be distributed among five individuals.

Daisy Manning - 04/15/2008


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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
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
General
Disparate Treatment
Retaliation
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
Defendant(s) ISSA Enterprises, Inc.
ISSA Enterprises, 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 2007 - 2010
Case Closing Year 2007
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)
6:06-cv-06053-JLH (W.D. Ark.) 09/11/2007
EE-AR-0026-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 09/20/2006
EE-AR-0026-0001 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order [Denying Motion to Dismiss] 02/06/2007 (2007 WL 433560) (W.D. Ark.)
EE-AR-0026-0002 PDF | WESTLAW | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Consent Decree 09/11/2007
EE-AR-0026-0003 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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