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Case Name EEOC v. Robert Larson's Chrysler Plymouth of Tacoma, Inc. d/b/a Larson Motors Inc. d/b/a Robert Larson Automotive Group EE-WA-0112
Docket / Court C00-5079RJB ( W.D. Wash. )
State/Territory Washington
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
The EEOC's Seattle district office sued Robert Larson's Chrysler Plymouth of Tacoma, Inc., d/b/a Larson Motors, Inc. and Robert Larson Automotive Group, on February 11, 2000 in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington. The EEOC's complaint alleged that the defendant violated ... read more >
The EEOC's Seattle district office sued Robert Larson's Chrysler Plymouth of Tacoma, Inc., d/b/a Larson Motors, Inc. and Robert Larson Automotive Group, on February 11, 2000 in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington. The EEOC's complaint alleged that the defendant violated Title VII when it discriminated based on race (African American) by creating a racially hostile work environment and retaliating by demoting employees, resulting in their constructive discharge. The parties entered into a consent decree on January 24, 2001, which stipulated that the defendant would pay the complainants up to $750,000 in damages, post a notice of compliance with Title VII, provide Title VII training to its managers and employees, establish an internal complaint procedure, improve supervisor accountability, appoint a Payment Agent to handle distribution of funds from the settlement fund, appoint a Consent Decree Administrator to determine claimant eligibility for monetary awards, and appoint a Consent Decree/Complaint Monitor who will ensure that the defendant is complying with the consent decree and make recommendations for improvements to the defendant.

Kevin Wilemon - 07/24/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Content of Injunction
Discrimination Prohibition
Implement complaint/dispute resolution process
Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law
Provide antidiscrimination training
Reporting
Retaliation Prohibition
Discrimination-area
Demotion
Discharge / Constructive Discharge / Layoff
Harassment / Hostile Work Environment
Discrimination-basis
Race discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
Private Party intervened in EEOC suit
General
Disparate Treatment
Retaliation
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Private Plaintiff
Race
Black
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
Defendant(s) Does (undisclosed number)
Jennifer Larson
Larson Dodge
Larson Motors, Inc.
Mercedes Benz of Tacoma
Robert Larson
Robert Larson Automotive Group
Robert Larson Chrysler-Plymouth-Jeep-Suzuki-Hyundai
Robert Larson Porche Audi
Robert Larson Volkswagen
Robert Larson's Chrysler Plymouth of Tacoma, Inc.
Toyota of Tacoma
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)
3:00-cv-05079-RJB (W.D. Wash.) 08/09/2002
EE-WA-0112-9000 PDF | Detail
General Documents
Consent Decree and Order 01/24/2001
EE-WA-0112-0004 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
EEOC Press Release 01/31/2001
EE-WA-0112-0009 PDF | Detail
Order 03/26/2002 (W.D. Wash.)
EE-WA-0112-0006 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order Affirming Determination of Settlement Fund Administrator and Dismissing Appeal 05/03/2002 (W.D. Wash.)
EE-WA-0112-0007 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
First Report of Decree Monitor 08/09/2002
EE-WA-0112-0008 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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