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Case Name EEOC v. WASHINGTON ENERGY SERVICES COMPANY et al EE-WA-0108
Docket / Court 2:01-cv-00836-BJR ( W.D. Wash. )
State/Territory Washington
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
In June 2001, the Seattle office of the EEOC brought this Title VII suit against Washington Energy Services Company and Blue Dot Services Company of Washington in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington. The complaint alleged that the defendant discriminated against the ... read more >
In June 2001, the Seattle office of the EEOC brought this Title VII suit against Washington Energy Services Company and Blue Dot Services Company of Washington in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington. The complaint alleged that the defendant discriminated against the defendant by subjecting him to harassment because of his race (black) and sex (male) and discharged him in retaliation for his complaint of discrimination. The claimant intervened in the EEOC's suit in September 2001. The case settled by entry of a consent decree in January 2001 (claimant also dismissed his suit on the same day).

The two year consent decree required the defendant to pay the claimant $75,000, refrain from discrimination, institute and carry out an anti-discrimination policy, provide employment discrimination training (two hours) for all managers, supervisors, and non-management employees, post notice, and give reports every six months to the EEOC pertaining to complaints of discrimination (sex or race) and compliance with the decree.

Kevin Wilemon - 07/18/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Male
Content of Injunction
Develop anti-discrimination policy
Discrimination Prohibition
Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law
Provide antidiscrimination training
Reporting
Discrimination-area
Discharge / Constructive Discharge / Layoff
Harassment / Hostile Work Environment
Discrimination-basis
Race discrimination
Sex 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
State law
State Anti-Discrimination Law
Defendant(s) Blue Dot Services Company of Washington
Washington Energy Services Co
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 - 2004
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-00836-BJR (W.D. Wash.) 01/14/2002
EE-WA-0108-9000.pdf | Detail
General Documents
Complaint in Intervention 09/10/2001
EE-WA-0108-0002.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Consent Decree and Order Dismissing Action 01/14/2002
EE-WA-0108-0004.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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