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Case Name EEOC v. Aramark Educational Services EE-AR-0003
Docket / Court 4:97-cv-01022-SWW ( E.D. Ark. )
State/Territory Arkansas
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
In December 1997, the Memphis District Office of the EEOC (with participation from the Little Rock Area Office) brought this suit against Aramark Educational Services, Inc., d/b/a Aramark Corporation, in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas. We do not have a copy of the ... read more >
In December 1997, the Memphis District Office of the EEOC (with participation from the Little Rock Area Office) brought this suit against Aramark Educational Services, Inc., d/b/a Aramark Corporation, in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas. We do not have a copy of the complaint; therefore, the exact allegations involved are unknown. However, it appears from the consent decree that the complaint alleged that the defendant violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 by subjecting the charging party, a female employee, to a sexually hostile work environment and discriminating against her in retaliation for her complaints of harassment, resulting in her constructive discharge. The charging party intervened in the suit in January 1998. After some discovery, the parties participated in a settlement conference in August 1998. They settled a few months later in October through a consent decree.

The two-year decree, containing non-discrimination and non-retaliation clauses, required the defendant to: provide Title VII training for all its employees, distribute its sexual harassment policy, post a notice of rights, expunge the charging party's personnel file from all references to the charges of discrimination, provide her with a neutral reference, and pay her $57,500.

Michele Marxkors - 08/08/2007


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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
Neutral/Positive Reference
Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law
Provide antidiscrimination training
Reporting
Retaliation Prohibition
Discrimination-area
Discharge / Constructive Discharge / Layoff
Harassment / Hostile Work Environment
Discrimination-basis
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
Defendant(s) Aramark Educational Services, Inc.
Plaintiff Description EEOC on behalf of female catering manager claiming discrimination on the basis of sex.
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 1998 - 2000
Case Closing Year 1998
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)
4:97-cv-01022-SWW (E.D. Ark.) 10/08/1998
EE-AR-0003-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Agreed Stipulations 08/21/1998
EE-AR-0003-0006 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order [Regarding Defendant's Emergency Motion for Protective Order/Motion to Quash] 08/25/1998 (E.D. Ark.)
EE-AR-0003-0002 PDF | Detail
Consent Decree 10/08/1998
EE-AR-0003-0001 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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