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Case Name EEOC v. Harbor Freight Tools USA, Inc. d/b/a Harbor Freight Tools EE-WA-0024
Docket / Court C04-1505JLR ( W.D. Wash. )
State/Territory Washington
Case Type(s) Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
IWPR/Wage Project Consent Decree Study
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
In June 2004, the EEOC's Seattle office filed this complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington against Harbor Freight Tools USA, Inc., a tool and equipment catalog retailer with stores in 36 states, alleging violations of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, ... read more >
In June 2004, the EEOC's Seattle office filed this complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington against Harbor Freight Tools USA, Inc., a tool and equipment catalog retailer with stores in 36 states, alleging violations of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, specifically that defendant engaged in sexual harassment of female employees and retaliated against one by improperly discharging her. Three individual complainants intervened in the case in August 2004. A consent decree was agreed upon in October 2004 between the EEOC and the defendant and subsequently approved by the court. The intervenors dismissed their complaint in October 2004. The consent decree awarded $225,000 to the three complainants and enjoined the defendant from discriminating, harassing or retaliating in the future. The decree, which lasted three years, required the defendant to institute equal employment opportunity training, review and revise its EEO policies, expunge the complainants employment records, and provide certain regular reports to the EEOC.

Tony Friedman - 07/26/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Content of Injunction
Develop anti-discrimination policy
Discrimination Prohibition
Expungement of Employment Record
Monitoring
Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law
Provide antidiscrimination training
Reporting
Retaliation Prohibition
Discrimination-area
Accommodation / Leave
Discharge / Constructive Discharge / Layoff
Harassment / Hostile Work Environment
Discrimination-basis
Disability (inc. reasonable accommodations)
Sex discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
Private Party intervened in EEOC suit
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
State Anti-Discrimination Law
Defendant(s) Harbor Freight Tools USA, 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 2004 - 2007
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)
2:04-cv-01505-JLR (W.D. Wash.) 10/08/2004
EE-WA-0024-9000 PDF | Detail
General Documents
Complaint 06/29/2004
EE-WA-0024-0001 PDF | Detail
Intervenor's Complaint 08/27/2004
EE-WA-0024-0002 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Intervenor's First Amended Complaint 09/02/2004
EE-WA-0024-0003 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Consent Decree and (Proposed) Order of Dismissal 10/08/2004
EE-WA-0024-0004 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
EEOC Litigation Settlement Report 10/31/2004
EE-WA-0024-0005 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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