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Case Name EEOC v. Lowe's Home Centers, Inc. EE-LA-0056
Docket / Court 2:01-cv-02982-ILRL-SS ( E.D. La. )
State/Territory Louisiana
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
In September 2001, the New Orleans EEOC office brought this Title VII action against Lowe's Home Improvement Centers, Inc. in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana. The complaint alleged that defendant subjected the Black complainants to a racially offensive work ... read more >
In September 2001, the New Orleans EEOC office brought this Title VII action against Lowe's Home Improvement Centers, Inc. in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana. The complaint alleged that defendant subjected the Black complainants to a racially offensive work environment in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The events in question took place at the Houma, Louisiana Lowe's location. Defendant did not file an answer to the complaint, and the case was settled by consent decree in June 2002.

In the consent decree, defendant was required to pay $47,419.10 in damages to the plaintiffs, give them appropriate references, discipline certain employees of the Houma store, distribute the store's anti-harassment policy to employees, and to provide Title VII training to all employees at the Houma store. Additionally, defendant was required to provide anti-harassment training to its employees at nine other Lowe's locations in Louisiana.

Kevin Wilemon - 09/24/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Content of Injunction
Discrimination Prohibition
Neutral/Positive Reference
Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law
Provide antidiscrimination training
Reporting
Discrimination-area
Harassment / Hostile Work Environment
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) Lowe's Home Centers, Inc.
Lowe's Home Improvement Centers, 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 - 2007
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)
2:01-cv-02982-ILRL-SS (E.D. La.) 06/27/2002
EE-LA-0056-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 09/28/2001
EE-LA-0056-0001.pdf | Detail
Amended Complaint 11/07/2001
EE-LA-0056-0002.pdf | Detail
Consent Decree 06/27/2002
EE-LA-0056-0003.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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