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Case Name EEOC v. MICHIGAN SEAMLESS TUBE EE-MI-0119
Docket / Court 2:05-cv-73719-PDB-DAS ( E.D. Mich. )
State/Territory Michigan
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
IWPR/Wage Project Consent Decree Study
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
The Detroit field office of the EEOC brought this suit against Michigan Seamless Tube in September 2005. The complaint alleged that seven African American complainants and similarly situated persons applied for employment and were not hired because of their race. Both parties submitted motions to ... read more >
The Detroit field office of the EEOC brought this suit against Michigan Seamless Tube in September 2005. The complaint alleged that seven African American complainants and similarly situated persons applied for employment and were not hired because of their race. Both parties submitted motions to compel discovery, and both were granted in part and denied in part. A successful settlement conference was held in February 2007, and a consent decree was entered into in June 2007.

The three year consent decree established a $500,000 fund for disbursing awards to the complainants and similarly situated persons. The class members were required to sign a release in order to obtain their award; class members who could not be located or would not sign the release would have their awards divided equally among class members who had signed the release. The Defendant was required to comply with Title VI, to not discriminate or retaliate, and to actively advertise and recruit African Americans. The Defendant was required to train all of its employees on Title VII. Finally, the Defendant was also required to post a notice informing employees of their rights under Title VII.

Kevin Wilemon - 05/14/2008


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Content of Injunction
Comply with advertising/recruiting requirements
Discrimination Prohibition
Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law
Provide antidiscrimination training
Reporting
Retaliation Prohibition
Discrimination-area
Hiring
Discrimination-basis
Race discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
General
Disparate Treatment
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Race
Black
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
Defendant(s) Michigan Seamless Tube
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 2007 - 2010
Case Closing Year 2007
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-73719-PDB-DAS (E.D. Mich.) 09/12/2007
EE-MI-0119-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 09/29/2005
EE-MI-0119-0001 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order [EEOC's Motion to Compel] 12/26/2006 (E.D. Mich.)
EE-MI-0119-0002 PDF | Detail
Order [Defendant's Motion to Compel] 12/26/2006 (E.D. Mich.)
EE-MI-0119-0003 PDF | Detail
Consent Decree 06/05/2007
EE-MI-0119-0004 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Capel, Wallace Jr. (E.D. Mich., M.D. Ala.) [Magistrate]
EE-MI-0119-9000
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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