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Case Name EEOC v. BSH HOME APPLIANCES EE-CA-0038
Docket / Court 2:03-cv-07013-MAN ( C.D. Cal. )
State/Territory California
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
IWPR/Wage Project Consent Decree Study
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
In September 2003, the Los Angeles District Office of the EEOC brought this suit against BSH Home Appliances Corporation in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. The complaint alleged that the defendant discriminated against the two charging parties on the basis of sex, ... read more >
In September 2003, the Los Angeles District Office of the EEOC brought this suit against BSH Home Appliances Corporation in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. The complaint alleged that the defendant discriminated against the two charging parties on the basis of sex, female, and retaliated against one of the charging parties for complaining about the harassment in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The complainants alleged, specifically, that they were subjected to unwelcome touching, unwelcome advances, and sexually charged and suggestive speech.

The charging parties intervened in the suit in January 2004. Following discovery, the parties settled the lawsuit in March 2005 through a consent decree.

The one-year decree, containing non-discrimination and non-retaliation clauses, required the defendant to: provide the charging parties with neutral employment references, update their employment policies, provide anti-retaliation training for all its employees, submit to monitoring actions by the EEOC and its own council, and pay $75,000 to be distributed among two individuals.

Jason Chester - 10/01/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Content of Injunction
Discrimination Prohibition
Monitoring
Neutral/Positive Reference
Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law
Provide antidiscrimination training
Recordkeeping
Reporting
Retaliation Prohibition
Discrimination-area
Discharge / Constructive Discharge / Layoff
Discipline
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 Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
State Anti-Discrimination Law
Defendant(s) BSH Home Appliances Corporation
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 2005 - 2006
Case Closing Year 2005
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)
2:03-cv-07013-MAN (C.D. Cal.) 03/03/2005
EE-CA-0038-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 09/30/2003
EE-CA-0038-0003 PDF | Detail
Document Source: District Court
Civil Minutes [Order Regarding Plaintiff's Motion to Compel] 08/04/2004 (C.D. Cal.)
EE-CA-0038-0001 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Consent Decree 03/03/2005
EE-CA-0038-0002 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
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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