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Case Name EEOC v. SHOE SHOW OF ROCKY MOUNT, INC. EE-AL-0073
Docket / Court 1:04-cv-00494-WS-B ( S.D. Ala. )
State/Territory Alabama
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
The EEOC brought suit against Shoe Show, Inc. in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Alabama in July 2004. The Complaint alleged discrimination in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. More specifically, the complaint alleged the defendant discriminated against ... read more >
The EEOC brought suit against Shoe Show, Inc. in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Alabama in July 2004. The Complaint alleged discrimination in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. More specifically, the complaint alleged the defendant discriminated against female employees by maintaining a hostile work environment and retaliating against employees who complained about harassment through reduction of hours and discharge. Shortly after the defendant answered the complaint, this suit was consolidated with a suit filed by three employees of Shoe Show (03-cv-00863) in November 2004, and this other case was designated the lead case. After consolidation, there were several discovery disputes and a number of motions for summary judgment that were not resolved. The parties entered a consent decree in July 2005.

The consent decree included non-discrimination and non-retaliation clauses, required the defendant to post notice regarding employee rights, and required the defendant to provide EEO training to all employees of its Monroeville, Alabama store. The defendant agreed to submit a report within 90 days of entry of the consent decree detailing actions taken to inform and train personnel. The decree had a term of one year. In the event of non-compliance, the decree called for court enforcement. The defendant also agreed to compensate the complainants monetarily, with the amount of compensation to be determined in connection with a separate settlement agreement.

Justin Kanter - 08/07/2008


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Discrimination-area
Harassment / Hostile Work Environment
Other Conditions of Employment (including assignment, transfer, hours, working conditions, etc)
Discrimination-basis
Sex discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
General
Disparate Treatment
Retaliation
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
State law
Defendant(s) Shoe Show of Rocky Mount, 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
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree
Order Duration not on record
Case Closing Year 2005
Case Ongoing No
Case Listing EE-AL-0113 : Salter v. Shoe Show, Inc. (S.D. Ala.)
EE-AL-0863 : case name not on file (court not recorded)
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)
1:04-cv-00494-WS-B (S.D. Ala.) 11/08/2004
EE-AL-0073-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
1:03-cv-00863-WS-B (S.D. Ala.) 07/20/2005
EE-AL-0073-9001 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 07/29/2004
EE-AL-0073-0001 PDF | Detail
Order [Consolidating Cases] 11/08/2004 (S.D. Ala.)
EE-AL-0073-0004 PDF | Detail
Consent Decree 07/20/2005
EE-AL-0073-0007 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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