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Case Name EEOC v. MOKA SHOE CORPORATION EE-PR-0007
Docket / Court 3:06-cv-01976-ADC ( D.P.R. )
State/Territory Puerto Rico
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
IWPR/Wage Project Consent Decree Study
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
On September 29, 2006, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) brought suit under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Title I of the Civil Rights Act of 1991 in the U.S. District Court for the District of Puerto Rico, on behalf of female employees of the defendant MOKA Shoe ... read more >
On September 29, 2006, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) brought suit under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Title I of the Civil Rights Act of 1991 in the U.S. District Court for the District of Puerto Rico, on behalf of female employees of the defendant MOKA Shoe Corporation.

The complaint alleged that one of the defendant's supervisors sexually harassed female employees, creating a hostile work environment. Furthermore, plaintiff alleged that two of the employees complained about the conduct, one of whom was retaliated against; that employee was therefore forced to resign. The plaintiff sought injunctive and declaratory relief, as well as both compensatory and punitive damages.

On August 21, 2008, the District Court (Judge Aida M. Delgado-Colon) issued a consent decree, approving a settlement between the two parties. Under the decree the defendant was required to pay $100,000 in compensatory damages ($50,000 each to the two complaining employees). Furthermore, the settlement required the defendant to distribute an anti-discrimination policy, conduct a training session on the policy with its management personnel, and post a notice of this settlement for their employees to see.

The decree was to be effective and monitored over a period of one year.

Adam Teitelbaum - 03/14/2010


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Content of Injunction
Discrimination Prohibition
Monitoring
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
No EEOC Final Resolution Type
General
Disparate Treatment
Retaliation
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
Defendant(s) MOKA Shoe Corporation
Plaintiff Description EEOC on behalf of two female employees.
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 2008 - 2009
Case Closing Year 2008
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)
3:06-cv-01976-ADC (D.P.R.) 02/20/2008
EE-PR-0007-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 09/29/2006
EE-PR-0007-0001 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Consent Decree 08/01/2008
EE-PR-0007-0002 PDF | Detail
Judges Delgado-Colon, Aida M. (D.P.R.) [Magistrate]
EE-PR-0007-0002 | EE-PR-0007-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Curtin, Nora E. (Florida)
EE-PR-0007-0002 | EE-PR-0007-9000
Gomez-Fernandez, Maritza I. (Puerto Rico)
EE-PR-0007-9000
Von Greiff, Carla J. (Florida)
EE-PR-0007-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Belaval, Graciela J. (Puerto Rico)
EE-PR-0007-0002 | EE-PR-0007-9000
Lizardi-Mendez, Elizabeth M. (Puerto Rico)
EE-PR-0007-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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