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Case Name EEOC v. PIONEER ASSOCIATES INC (d/b/a WILLIAMS ELECTRIC COMPANY) EE-NC-0125
Docket / Court 1:03-cv-00184-LHT ( W.D.N.C. )
State/Territory North Carolina
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
In July 2003, the Charlotte office of the EEOC brought this suit against Pioneer Associates Inc. d/b/a Williams Electric Company in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina. The complaint alleged that the defendant discriminated against the claimants by: 1) paying lower ... read more >
In July 2003, the Charlotte office of the EEOC brought this suit against Pioneer Associates Inc. d/b/a Williams Electric Company in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina. The complaint alleged that the defendant discriminated against the claimants by: 1) paying lower wages to female Flaggers than male Groundsmen, 2) refusing to allow female Flaggers to work storm trips because of their sex, 3) engaging in a pattern or practice of classifying female employees to Flaggers thus denying them equal opportunity for advancement, and 4) refusing to requalify female employees into the Groundsman position. These actions were alleged violations of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Equal Pay Act. The case settled by entry of a consent decree in November 2004.

The one year consent decree required the defendant to refrain from discrimination and retaliation, expunge the claimant's records, give the claimants neutral references, pay the claimants $29,526 in damages, modify its written anti-discrimination policy, distribute the policy, post notice, and give the EEOC semi-annual reports of any complaints of discrimination under the EPA or Title VII.

Kevin Wilemon - 08/13/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Content of Injunction
Discrimination Prohibition
Expungement of Employment Record
Implement complaint/dispute resolution process
Monitoring
Neutral/Positive Reference
Other requirements regarding hiring, promotion, retention
Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law
Provide antidiscrimination training
Reporting
Retaliation Prohibition
Discrimination-area
Hiring
Pay / Benefits
Promotion
Discrimination-basis
Sex discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
General
Disparate Treatment
Pattern or Practice
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. § 2000e
Equal Pay Act, 29 U.S.C. § 206(d)
Defendant(s) Pioneer Associates Inc.
Williams Electric Company
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 2004 - 2005
Case Closing Year 2004
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)
1:03-cv-00184-LHT (W.D.N.C.) 11/17/2004
EE-NC-0125-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 07/29/2003
EE-NC-0125-0001 PDF | Detail
Amended Complaint 09/23/2003
EE-NC-0125-0002 PDF | Detail
Second Amended Complaint 12/08/2003
EE-NC-0125-0003 PDF | Detail
Consent Decree 11/17/2004
EE-NC-0125-0004 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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