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Case Name EEOC v. WORLD KITCHEN, INC EE-PA-0191
Docket / Court 1:05-cv-01970-CCC ( M.D. Pa. )
State/Territory Pennsylvania
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
The EEOC's Philadelphia district office filed suit against World Kitchen, Inc., a Pennsylvania cookware manufacturer which distributes nationally, on September 29, 2005 in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania. The EEOC's complaint alleged that World Kitchen violated ... read more >
The EEOC's Philadelphia district office filed suit against World Kitchen, Inc., a Pennsylvania cookware manufacturer which distributes nationally, on September 29, 2005 in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania. The EEOC's complaint alleged that World Kitchen violated Title VII when it discriminated against at least three of its employees based on sex (female) by paying them less than their male counterparts and were discharged without warning despite positive work records. Two of these aggrieved employees intervened in the lawsuit in April 2006. World Kitchen filed a motion to dismiss the suit or alternatively to be granted summary judgment in November 2005, but the court rejected this motion in June 2006, referring the parties to conciliation. The parties reached a settlement out of court, the terms of which are unavailable, and the case was dismissed on December 29, 2006.

Aaron Weismann - 06/01/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Discrimination-area
Discharge / Constructive Discharge / Layoff
Pay / Benefits
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 Anti-Discrimination Law
Defendant(s) World Kitchen, 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 Unknown
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Voluntary Dismissal
Order Duration not on record
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)
1:05-cv-01970-CCC (M.D. Pa.) 12/29/2006
EE-PA-0191-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 09/29/2005
EE-PA-0191-0001 PDF | Detail
Intervening Complaint Adding Defendant 04/19/2006
EE-PA-0191-0011 PDF | Detail
Order [Denying Motion for Summary Judgment] 06/02/2006 (M.D. Pa.)
EE-PA-0191-0012 PDF | Detail
Stipulation to Dismiss 12/29/2006
EE-PA-0191-0013 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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