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Case Name EEOC v. SOUTHWEST SUPERMARKETS, INC. EE-AZ-0098
Docket / Court CIV97-1940PHX PGR ( D. Ariz. )
State/Territory Arizona
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
The Phoenix office of the EEOC brought this action in the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona, against Southwest Supermarkets, Inc. The complaint, filed in September 1997, alleged sex discrimination in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; specifically that a class of ... read more >
The Phoenix office of the EEOC brought this action in the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona, against Southwest Supermarkets, Inc. The complaint, filed in September 1997, alleged sex discrimination in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; specifically that a class of women had been subjected to sexual harassment.

The parties entered into a consent decree in November 1998. The defendant was required to pay a total of $1,000,000.00 to the class of female employees. Of that money, $800,000 was to be paid to current class members, while $200,000 would be placed in escrow for future claimants. The consent decree, in effect for two years, also prohibited defendant from participating in discrimination or retaliation. Defendant is additionally required to post a notice of rights and provide training for two years to all of its employees.

Jason Chester - 07/18/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Content of Injunction
Apology
Discrimination Prohibition
Expungement of Employment Record
Implement complaint/dispute resolution process
Monitoring
Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law
Provide antidiscrimination training
Recordkeeping
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
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
Defendant(s) Southwest Supermarkets, 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 1998 - 2000
Case Closing Year 1998
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)
2:97-cv-01940-PGR (D. Ariz.) 11/05/1998
EE-AZ-0098-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Consent Decree 11/05/1998
EE-AZ-0098-0002.pdf | Detail
Document Source: District Court
Combined Annual Reports Fiscal Years 1999-2001 11/25/2002
EE-AZ-0098-0001.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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