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Case Name EEOC v. Cheap Tickets, Inc. d/b/a "Cheap Tickets" EE-CA-0070
Docket / Court 2:02-cv-07117-WJR-VBK ( C.D. Cal. )
State/Territory California
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
In September 2002, the Los Angeles office of the EEOC brought this Title VII suit against Cheap Tickets, Inc. et al. in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. The complaint alleged that the defendant subjected a class of female employees to a sexually hostile work ... read more >
In September 2002, the Los Angeles office of the EEOC brought this Title VII suit against Cheap Tickets, Inc. et al. in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. The complaint alleged that the defendant subjected a class of female employees to a sexually hostile work environment, and disciplined some female employees (even discharged) in retaliation for complaints of harassment. Both charging parties intervened in the EEOC's suit in late October and early November of 2002. The parties reached a settlement agreement and dismissed the case in April 2003.

The settlement agreement required the defendant to pay the claimants $1,100,000 ($400,000 to the intervening plaintiffs, $400,000 to other named claimants, and $300,000 to unnamed claimants). The unnamed claimants include any female employee who could produce credible evidence that the defendant sexually harassed her or retaliated against her for her claim of sexual harassment. Each unnamed claimant had the opportunity to opt out of the settlement, but had to release all claims to receive a portion of the settlement. The unclaimed portion of the settlement went to charity.

Kevin Wilemon - 09/12/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
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 State Anti-Discrimination Law
State law
Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
Defendant(s) Cendant Corporation
Cheap Tickets, 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
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement None on record
Order Duration not on record
Case Closing Year 2003
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)
2:02-cv-07117-WJR-VBK (C.D. Cal.) 04/01/2005
EE-CA-0070-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint in Intervention 11/04/2002
EE-CA-0070-0002.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Complaint in Intervention 11/04/2002
EE-CA-0070-0003.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Settlement Agreement 08/05/2003
EE-CA-0070-0004.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
EEOC and Cheap Rickets Reach a $1.1 Million Settlement in Sexual Harassment Suit 08/07/2003
EE-CA-0070-0001.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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