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Case Name EEOC v. RAYNA ENTERPRISES, INC. d/b/a "ARRIBA MEXICAN GRILL" EE-AZ-0006
Docket / Court 2:04-cv-02056-MHM ( D. Ariz. )
State/Territory Arizona
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
In September 2004, the Phoenix Office of the EEOC brought this lawsuit against Rayna Enterprises, Inc., doing business as Arriba Mexican Grill, in the U.S. District Court fort the District of Arizona. We do not have a copy of the complaint; therefore, the exact allegations involved are unknown. ... read more >
In September 2004, the Phoenix Office of the EEOC brought this lawsuit against Rayna Enterprises, Inc., doing business as Arriba Mexican Grill, in the U.S. District Court fort the District of Arizona. We do not have a copy of the complaint; therefore, the exact allegations involved are unknown. However, it appears from the consent decree that the complaint alleged that the defendant discriminated against and harassed the four charging parties on the basis of sex, female, constructively discharging the class of women and retaliating against one of the complainants. Following some discovery and a settlement conference, the parties settled the lawsuit in January 2006 through a consent decree.

The three year decree, containing an anti-discrimination and anti-retaliation clause, requires the defendant to: send a written apology to the claimants, post and distribute notice of EEO rights to its employees, provide training to all employees and special training to supervisors and managers, implement a dispute resolution process, appoint an internal investigator to review and update policies and procedures and investigate complaints, and pay $65,000 to be distributed among four individuals.

David Friedman - 10/10/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Content of Injunction
Apology
Discrimination Prohibition
Implement complaint/dispute resolution process
Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law
Provide antidiscrimination training
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
Retaliation
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
Defendant(s) Rayna Enterprises, 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 - 2009
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)
2:04-cv-02056-MHM (D. Ariz.) 01/20/2006
EE-AZ-0006-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Consent Decree 01/20/2006
EE-AZ-0006-0001.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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