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Case Name EEOC v. Adelphia Cable Partners, L.P. D/B/A Adelphia Cable Comm. EE-FL-0015
Docket / Court 1:01-cv-00583-AJ ( S.D. Fla. )
State/Territory Florida
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
IWPR/Wage Project Consent Decree Study
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
The Miami district office of the EEOC brought this suit against Adelphia Cable, a national cable TV company, in February 2001, in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida. The complaint alleged that an Adelphia manager subjected black employees to a hostile environment, in ... read more >
The Miami district office of the EEOC brought this suit against Adelphia Cable, a national cable TV company, in February 2001, in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida. The complaint alleged that an Adelphia manager subjected black employees to a hostile environment, in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Specifically, he verbally abused black employees, placed a noose in his office and put it in view of black employees and their children on "bring your child to work day." The complainant, a forty-year-old black male, intervened in April 2001, adding causes of action under 42 U.S.C. ß 1981, the Florida Civil Rights Act, and state tort law. After some discovery the parties did a formal mediation and settled the case in May 2002, by entry of a consent decree.

The decree included non-discrimination and non-retaliation clauses, required development of a written Title VII policy, and provided for training by a firm or organization approved by the EEOC (which also was authorized to attend the training). It also required Adelphia to designate an ombudsperson who would receive complaints of discrimination. Adelphia was required to retain records relating to discrimination complaints or allegations, and to report complaints to the EEOC, periodically. The injunctive parts of the decree had a four year term. If the EEOC found non-compliance, the decree required 10 days notice to Adelphia and then mediation, prior to application to the Court for enforcement. In addition, Adelphia agreed to pay $1,050,000 in compensatory damages, distributed to six individual employees.

Kevin Wilemon - 06/01/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Content of Injunction
Develop anti-discrimination policy
Discrimination Prohibition
Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law
Provide antidiscrimination training
Recordkeeping
Reporting
Retaliation Prohibition
Discrimination-area
Harassment / Hostile Work Environment
Discrimination-basis
Race discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
Private Party intervened in EEOC suit
General
Disparate Treatment
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Private Plaintiff
Race
Black
Causes of Action State Anti-Discrimination Law
State law
Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. § 2000e
Defendant(s) Adelphia Cable Partners, L.P.
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 2002 - 2006
Case Closing Year 2002
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)
01-0583-Civ-Jordan (S.D. Fla.) 03/08/2007
EE-FL-0015-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 02/14/2001
EE-FL-0015-0001.pdf | Detail
Complaint (in intervention) 06/27/2001
EE-FL-0015-0005.pdf | Detail
Order Requiring Stipulation of Dismissal or Consent Decree 05/06/2002 (S.D. Fla.)
EE-FL-0015-0009.pdf | Detail
Consent Decree 05/08/2002
EE-FL-0015-0010.pdf | Detail
Office of General Counsel Annual Report Fiscal Year 2002 10/01/2002
EE-FL-0015-0012.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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