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Case Name EEOC v. NATIONWIDE ELECTRICAL CONTRACTING, INC. & DOUGLAS ELECTRICAL CONTRACTING, INC. EE-NC-0075
Docket / Court 5:00CV00156-CH ( W.D.N.C. )
State/Territory North Carolina
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
In September 2000, the EEOC's Charlotte District Office filed suit in U.S. District Court, Western District of North Carolina, against Nationwide Electrical Contracting, Inc. and successor company Douglas Electrical Contracting Inc. The complaint, which was later amended to name the individual ... read more >
In September 2000, the EEOC's Charlotte District Office filed suit in U.S. District Court, Western District of North Carolina, against Nationwide Electrical Contracting, Inc. and successor company Douglas Electrical Contracting Inc. The complaint, which was later amended to name the individual owners of these companies as defendants, alleged that female employees were subjected to sexual harassment in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act.

One of the charging parties intervened in the case. The case was largely resolved by a consent decree in March of 2002; a subsequent consent decree in April 2002 resolved the case entirely. The defendants were ordered to pay a total of $9,900 in compensatory damages, punitive damages, and attorney's fees. Nationwide Electrical Contracting was ordered to implement and distribute an anti-harassment policy, and to provide annual anti-discrimination training for all of its employees.

Jason Chester - 05/30/2008


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Content of Injunction
Develop anti-discrimination policy
Discrimination Prohibition
Expungement of Employment Record
Monitoring
Neutral/Positive Reference
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
Private Party intervened in EEOC suit
General
Disparate Treatment
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
State law
State Anti-Discrimination Law
Defendant(s) Douglas Electrical Contracting, Inc.
Franklin D. Black, Jr.
Mary F. Black
Nationwide Electrical Contracting, Inc.
Nationwide Electrical Contracting, 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 2002 - 2005
Case Closing Year 2002
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)
5:00CV00156-CH (W.D.N.C.) 02/10/2003
EE-NC-0075-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 09/29/2000
EE-NC-0075-0001.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Intervenor's Complaint 12/08/2000
EE-NC-0075-0003.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Consent Protective Order 09/17/2001 (W.D.N.C.)
EE-NC-0075-0004.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Amended Complaint 11/08/2001
EE-NC-0075-0002.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Entry of Default 01/28/2002 (W.D.N.C.)
EE-NC-0075-0005.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Partial Consent Decree 03/15/2002
EE-NC-0075-0006.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Final Consent Decree 04/12/2002
EE-NC-0075-0007.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order of Dismissal 04/15/2002 (W.D.N.C.)
EE-NC-0075-0008.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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