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Case Name EEOC v. GRACE CULINARY SYSTEMS, INC. EE-MD-0045
Docket / Court 8:98-cv-00284-AW ( D. Md. )
State/Territory Maryland
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
In January 1998, the Baltimore District Office of the EEOC filed this suit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland against Grace Culinary Systems, Inc., a food processing plant, and Townsend Culinary, Inc. After the suit commenced, there were several cross-complaints filed among ... read more >
In January 1998, the Baltimore District Office of the EEOC filed this suit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland against Grace Culinary Systems, Inc., a food processing plant, and Townsend Culinary, Inc. After the suit commenced, there were several cross-complaints filed among the original parties and their business affiliates. We do not have a copy of the complaint. However, according to an EEOC press release, the complaint alleged that the defendant discriminated against twenty-two Hispanic female employees in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, subjecting them to sexual harassment. After several discovery disputes, the parties agreed to a final settlement in March 2000. We do not have a copy of the settlement agreement, but according to the EEOC press release, Grace Culinary agreed to pay $850,000 to the victims, and Townsend Culinary, Inc. and Townsends, Inc. agreed to pay $150,000.

On May 3, 2000 there was an amended settlement order which we have a copy of stating that the parties have thirty days to consummate the settlement.

Jennifer Solomon - 06/01/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Discrimination-area
Demotion
Discharge / Constructive Discharge / Layoff
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
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
Defendant(s) Grace Culinary Systems, Inc.
Townsend Culinary, Inc.
Townsends, Inc.
W.R. Grace & Co.
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 Voluntary Dismissal
Order Duration not on record
Case Closing Year 2000
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)
8:98-cv-00284-AW (D. Md.) 06/27/2000
EE-MD-0045-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Stipulated Order of Dismissal 03/03/2000 (D. Md.)
EE-MD-0045-0001 PDF | Detail
Amended Settlement Order 05/03/2000
EE-MD-0045-0004 PDF | Detail
Document Source: District Court
EEOC Obtains $1 Million for Low-wage Workers Who Were Sexually Harassed at Food Processing Plant 06/01/2000
EE-MD-0045-0003 PDF | Detail
Order of Final Approval and Final Dismissal 06/27/2000 (D. Md.)
EE-MD-0045-0002 PDF | Detail
Judges Schulze, Jillyn K. (D. Md.) [Magistrate]
EE-MD-0045-9000
Williams, Alexander Jr. (D. Md.)
EE-MD-0045-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Andrew, Regina Maria (Maryland)
EE-MD-0045-9000
Kiel, Gerald (Maryland)
EE-MD-0045-9000
Lawrence, Victor M. (District of Columbia)
EE-MD-0045-9000
O'Rourke, Stephen P (Rhode Island)
EE-MD-0045-9000
Quinlan, Cecile Celeste (Maryland)
EE-MD-0045-9000
Rivera, Mildred Ann (Maryland)
EE-MD-0045-9000
Robinson, Stephen W. (Virginia)
EE-MD-0045-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Cheek, Teresa Ann (Delaware)
EE-MD-0045-9000
Fotopoulos, Spiro P. (Virginia)
EE-MD-0045-9000
Martel, Charles F. (Virginia)
EE-MD-0045-9000
Rohd, Stanley Barry (Maryland)
EE-MD-0045-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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