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Case Name EEOC v. Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar EE-MI-0024
Docket / Court 1:05CV0678 ( W.D. Mich. )
State/Territory Michigan
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
IWPR/Wage Project Consent Decree Study
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
The Detroit District Office of the EEOC brought this action in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan, Southern Division, against BW-Warrenville Operations, Inc., d/b/a Buffalo Wild Wings Bar & Grill. The complaint, filed in September 2005, alleged race discrimination in ... read more >
The Detroit District Office of the EEOC brought this action in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan, Southern Division, against BW-Warrenville Operations, Inc., d/b/a Buffalo Wild Wings Bar & Grill. The complaint, filed in September 2005, alleged race discrimination in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Specifically, the complaint alleged that Defendant had racially harassed the charging party and subjected him to a racially hostile work environment by hanging a noose in the charging party's office and posting a picture of a confederate flag.

In February 2006, the parties proposed a consent decree which was signed in March 2006. The decree, which was valid for one year, contained non-discrimination and non-retaliation provisions and required Defendant to pay the charging party $30,000, provide mandatory Title VII training to its management and human resource personnel and post a non-discrimination notice in a conspicuous location.

Kevin Wilemon - 06/07/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Content of Injunction
Discrimination Prohibition
Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law
Provide antidiscrimination training
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) BW-Warrenville Operations, Inc.
BW-Warrenville Operations, 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 2006 - 2007
Case Closing Year 2006
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)
1:05-cv-00678-WAM (W.D. Mich.) 03/06/2006
EE-MI-0024-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 09/30/2005
EE-MI-0024-0001.pdf | Detail
Consent Decree 03/06/2006
EE-MI-0024-0002.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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