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Case Name EEOC v. GLOBAL MATERIAL SERVICES EE-AR-0020
Docket / Court 5:00-cv-00352-WRW ( E.D. Ark. )
State/Territory Arkansas
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
In September 2000, the EEOC district office of Little Rock, Arkansas brought this suit against Global Material Services in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas. The complaint alleged a hostile work environment and the constructive discharge of several female employees in ... read more >
In September 2000, the EEOC district office of Little Rock, Arkansas brought this suit against Global Material Services in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas. The complaint alleged a hostile work environment and the constructive discharge of several female employees in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The three plaintiff intervenors alleged that the defendant's managers disseminated home phone numbers that led to harassing phone calls from co-workers, requested sexual favors, sexually touched, and sexually joked with the aggrieved women.

In February of 2001, the parties settled and a consent decree was entered. In the consent decree, the parties agreed that the defendant and its agents would not discriminate or retaliate on the basis of sex; train all employees concerning the Title VII prohibitions on sex discrimination and retaliation; further train a select few employees on how to prevent sexual harassment; and that all reports of sexual harassment would be given to its human resources office in Memphis, Tennessee within 30 days of the report date. The decree also stated that the defendant would post the notice that the EEOC requires it to conspicuously post concerning Title VII. Individually, the plaintiff intervenors received amounts of $112,500, $93,750 and $93,750 in satisfaction of all damages and future claims. Lastly, the defendant was to provide a neutral reference letter for each of the aggrieved employees and make no reference to this litigation or complaints thereof in any personnel files. Attorney's fees were not awarded.

Jason Chester - 06/01/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Content of Injunction
Discrimination Prohibition
Implement complaint/dispute resolution process
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
Retaliation
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) Global Material Services
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 2001 - 2003
Case Closing Year 2001
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)
5:00-cv-00352-WRW (E.D. Ark.) 03/21/2001
EE-AR-0020-9000 PDF | Detail
General Documents
Complaint 09/25/2000
EE-AR-0020-0001 PDF | Detail
Complaint in Intervention on Behalf of Darlene Worthen, Mary Donaldson and Christy Park 10/30/2000
EE-AR-0020-0003 PDF | Detail
Consent Decree 02/21/2001
EE-AR-0020-0005 PDF | Detail
Order 02/23/2001 (E.D. Ark.)
EE-AR-0020-0006 PDF | Detail
Order on Motion to Enforce Consent Decree 03/21/2001 (E.D. Ark.)
EE-AR-0020-0009 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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