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Case Name EEOC v. UNIFIED INVESTIGATIONS AND SCIENCES, INC. EE-WA-0102
Docket / Court 2:00-cv-00069-TSZ ( W.D. Wash. )
State/Territory Washington
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
In October 1999, the claimant, along with the Seattle office of the EEOC brought this Title VII and EPA suit against Unified Investigations and Sciences, Inc. in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington. The EEOC filed a separate suit (2:00-cv-00069) in the U.S. District ... read more >
In October 1999, the claimant, along with the Seattle office of the EEOC brought this Title VII and EPA suit against Unified Investigations and Sciences, Inc. in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington. The EEOC filed a separate suit (2:00-cv-00069) in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington in January 2000. The court consolidated that case with the lead case (2:99-cv-01676)in March 2000. The complaint alleged that the defendant engaged in a pattern or practice of discriminating against women (including the claimant). More specifically, the defendant paid the claimant less than her male counterparts, subjected the claimant to tangible employment action because of her sex, and discharged her in retaliation for her complaint. The case settled by entry of a consent decree in March 2001.

The three year consent decree required the defendant to pay a sum of $125,000 to the claimant and other aggrieved female applicants, refrain from discrimination and retaliation, create and implement a discrimination policy and complaint procedure, provide anti-discrimination for Officers, Territorial Managers, and other employees, use fair and equitable policies in the future when hiring male and female applicants, post notice, expunge the record of the claimant, retain CNA Unisource as an Administrator of the decree, and make semi-annual reports to the EEOC on compliance and complaints.

Lionel Joiner - 06/27/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Discrimination-area
Discharge / Constructive Discharge / Layoff
Hiring
Other Conditions of Employment (including assignment, transfer, hours, working conditions, etc)
Pay / Benefits
Discrimination-basis
Sex discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
General
Disparate Treatment
Pattern or Practice
Retaliation
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. § 2000e
Equal Pay Act, 29 U.S.C. § 206(d)
Defendant(s) United Investigation and Sciences 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 not on record
Case Closing Year 2001
Case Ongoing No
Case Listing EE-WA-0123 : O'Toole, et al v. Unified Investigations and Sciences Inc (W.D. Wash.)
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)
2:00-cv-00069-TSZ (W.D. Wash.) 01/26/2001
EE-WA-0102-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Order Consolidating Actions 03/06/2000 (W.D. Wash.)
EE-WA-0102-0002.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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