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Case Name EEOC v. RSG Forest Products, Inc. (d/b/a Estacada Lumber) EE-OR-0014
Docket / Court 3:02-cv-01334-JE ( D. Or. )
State/Territory Oregon
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
The EEOC's Seattle office filed this suit on September 27, 2002 in the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon. The EEOC alleged that RSG Forest Products, Inc., doing business as Estacada Lumber Co., violated Title VII by subjecting employees to a sexually hostile work environment. One male ... read more >
The EEOC's Seattle office filed this suit on September 27, 2002 in the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon. The EEOC alleged that RSG Forest Products, Inc., doing business as Estacada Lumber Co., violated Title VII by subjecting employees to a sexually hostile work environment. One male complainant intervened in the suit. The defendant filed a motion to dismiss on November 7, 2002, but the motion was later withdrawn. The consent decree was entered into the record on May 27, 2003.

The defendant agreed to pay five complainants a total of $200,000. Four complainants received $45,000 while one received $20,000. The defendant also agreed to create an anti-discrimination policy and a complaint procedure. During the three-year consent decree, the defendant's managers would receive 6 hours of anti-discrimination training annually. The defendant was obligated to report to the EEOC regarding complaints of sexual harassment, general compliance, and training sessions.

Jason Chester - 10/18/2007


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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
Implement complaint/dispute resolution process
Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law
Provide antidiscrimination training
Reporting
Retaliation Prohibition
Discrimination-area
Harassment / Hostile Work Environment
Discrimination-basis
Sex discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
Private Party intervened in EEOC suit
General
Disparate Treatment
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
Defendant(s) RSG Forest Products, 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 2003 - 2006
Case Closing Year 2003
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)
3:02-cv-01334-JE (D. Or.) 05/27/2003
EE-OR-0014-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Consent Decree 05/27/2003
EE-OR-0014-0001 PDF | Detail
Judges Jelderks, John A. (D. Or.) [Magistrate]
EE-OR-0014-9000
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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