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Case Name EEOC v. B & V Construction, Inc. EE-MI-0015
Docket / Court 2:05-cv-72515-VAR-PJK ( E.D. Mich. )
State/Territory Michigan
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
In June 2005, the Detroit District Office of the EEOC brought this suit against B & V Construction in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan alleging discrimination on the basis of sex in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Specifically, the complaint ... read more >
In June 2005, the Detroit District Office of the EEOC brought this suit against B & V Construction in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan alleging discrimination on the basis of sex in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Specifically, the complaint alleged that the defendant subjected the charging party, a male employee, and other similarly situated individuals to a sexually hostile work environment consisting of unwelcome sexually explicit comments and touching. In addition, the defendant allegedly retaliated against the charging party after he complained of the harassment by further harassing him and subjecting him to unsafe working conditions. In August 2005, the charging party intervened in the suit. After some scheduling orders, the parties settled in May 2006 through a consent decree.

The one-year decree, containing non-discrimination and non-retaliation clauses, required the defendant to: develop a sexual harassment policy, provide Title VII training for all its employees, post a notice of the decree, report to the EEOC at specified intervals, and pay $92,500 to be distributed among three individuals.

Jason Chester - 07/03/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Male
Content of Injunction
Develop anti-discrimination policy
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
Other Conditions of Employment (including assignment, transfer, hours, working conditions, etc)
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) B & V Construction
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)
2:05-cv-72515-VAR-PJK (E.D. Mich.) 05/12/2006
EE-MI-0015-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 06/24/2005
EE-MI-0015-0001 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Complaint of Intervening Plaintiff 08/22/2005
EE-MI-0015-0002 PDF | Detail
Consent Decree 05/15/2006
EE-MI-0015-0003 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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