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Case Name EEOC v. STARWOOD HOTELS & RESORTS WORLDWIDE, INC. EE-WA-0086
Docket / Court 2:01-cv-00703-TSZ ( W.D. Wash. )
State/Territory Washington
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
IWPR/Wage Project Consent Decree Study
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
In May 2001, the Seattle District Office of the EEOC brought this suit against Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc., d/b/a W Seattle Hotel, in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington. The defendant allegedly subjected the charging parties and other similarly situated ... read more >
In May 2001, the Seattle District Office of the EEOC brought this suit against Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc., d/b/a W Seattle Hotel, in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington. The defendant allegedly subjected the charging parties and other similarly situated individuals to a sexually hostile work environment consisting of both verbal and physical abuse. In addition, the defendant retaliated against several employees by further harassing them, resulting in the constructive discharge of some of them.

In October 2001, five of the charging parties intervened in the suit. In March 2002, the defendant made offers of judgment to some of the intervening parties. Two of the charging parties accepted the offers, and the court entered a judgment against the defendant in their favor for a total of $200,000 in early April. Later that month, the EEOC and the defendant settled their claims through a consent decree. The remaining parties seemed to have settled with the defendant at a later date, voluntarily dismissing their claims in late May 2002.

The two-year consent decree between the EEOC and the defendant contained non-discrimination and non-retaliation clauses and required the defendant to: obtain a sexual harassment consultant to conduct an audit of its sexual harassment policies and procedures, expunge the charging parties' personnel files of all references to the charges of discrimination, provide the charging parties with neutral employment references, develop a complaint procedure, provide annual Title VII training for all employees, report to the EEOC every six months, and pay $100,000 to be divided among three class members.

Jason Chester - 07/25/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Content of Injunction
Auditing
Develop anti-discrimination policy
Discrimination Prohibition
Expungement of Employment Record
Implement complaint/dispute resolution process
Monitoring
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
Other Conditions of Employment (including assignment, transfer, hours, working conditions, etc)
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. 2000e
Defendant(s) Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.
Plaintiff Description Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, on behalf of one or more workers.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations EEOC
Class action status sought
Class action status granted
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 2002 - 2004
Case Closing Year 2002
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)
2:01-cv-00703-TSZ (W.D. Wash.) 05/30/2002
EE-WA-0086-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
[Intervenor] Complaint for Sexual Harassment and Retaliation; Failure to Provide Safe Environment; Negligent Retention and Supervision; Outrage; Negligent Infliction of Emotional Distress; Violation of Wage and Hour Laws, Breach of Contract 11/01/2001
EE-WA-0086-0002 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judgment [in part] 04/01/2002 (W.D. Wash.)
EE-WA-0086-0005 PDF | Detail
Consent Decree and Order of Dismissal 04/29/2002
EE-WA-0086-0004 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Stipulation and Order of Dismissal [in part] 05/30/2002 (W.D. Wash.)
EE-WA-0086-0006 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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