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Case Name EEOC v. WILLIAMHOUSE LLC EE-PA-0189
Docket / Court 2:04-cv-01460-DSC ( W.D. Pa. )
State/Territory Pennsylvania
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
IWPR/Wage Project Consent Decree Study
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
The EEOC's Philadelphia district office sued Williamhouse of Pennsylvania, LLC on September 22, 2004 in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania. The EEOC alleged that the defendant violated Title VII when it discriminated based on race (African American) by paying the ... read more >
The EEOC's Philadelphia district office sued Williamhouse of Pennsylvania, LLC on September 22, 2004 in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania. The EEOC alleged that the defendant violated Title VII when it discriminated based on race (African American) by paying the three intervenors, who intervened in November 2004, unequally or failing to increase their pay. The defendant filed two motions for summary judgment in September 2005, one of which was granted in part. The parties entered into a consent decree on October 13, 2006, which stipulated that the defendant would pay the complainants $72,500 in damages, costs and fees; post a notice of compliance with Title VII; provide Title VII training to its managers and human resources staff; revise and distribute its non-discrimination policy; maintain records of discrimination complaints; allow the EEOC access to its premises to ensure compliance with its record-keeping duties; and report compliance with the consent decree to the EEOC annually.

Aaron Weismann - 07/13/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Content of Injunction
Discrimination Prohibition
Monitoring
Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law
Provide antidiscrimination training
Recordkeeping
Reporting
Retaliation Prohibition
Discrimination-area
Pay / Benefits
Discrimination-basis
Race discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
Private Party intervened in EEOC suit
General
Disparate Treatment
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Private Plaintiff
Race
Black
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
Defendant(s) Williamhouse of Pennsylvania, LLC
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 2006 - 2008
Case Closing Year 2006
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)
2:04-cv-01460-DSC (W.D. Pa.) 10/13/2006
EE-PA-0189-9000.pdf | Detail
General Documents
Order [Regarding Defendant's Motion for Summary Judgment] 02/06/2006 (W.D. Pa.)
EE-PA-0189-0001.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Consent Decree 10/10/2006
EE-PA-0189-0002.pdf | Detail
Exhibit 1 - Attachment to Consent Decree 10/10/2006
EE-PA-0189-0003.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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