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Case Name EEOC v. PETCO ANIMAL SUPPLIES, INC. EE-CA-0168
Docket / Court 3:99-cv-02600-WHA ( N.D. Cal. )
State/Territory California
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
The EEOC's San Francisco District Office brought this suit against Petco Animal Supplies in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, in June 1999. We do not have a copy of the complaint; however, according to an EEOC summary of the case, the defendant was accused of ... read more >
The EEOC's San Francisco District Office brought this suit against Petco Animal Supplies in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, in June 1999. We do not have a copy of the complaint; however, according to an EEOC summary of the case, the defendant was accused of violating the Equal Pay Act and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 by failing to pay female store managers at equal wage rates as males in those same positions. After some scheduling orders, the parties settled in December 1999 through a consent decree. According to the EEOC summary of the case, the decree apparently required the defendant to pay $41,024, to be distributed among five individuals, as well as an undisclosed amount for attorneys' fees. In addition, the defendant was required to change its compensation criteria to make the factors more objective.

Michele Marxkors - 05/30/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Discrimination-area
Pay / Benefits
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. § 2000e
Equal Pay Act, 29 U.S.C. § 206(d)
Defendant(s) Petco Animal Supplies, 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
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree
Order Duration not on record
Case Closing Year 1999
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)
3:99-cv-02600-WHA (N.D. Cal.) 01/04/2000
EE-CA-0168-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Highlights of Equal Pay Act Cases 06/10/2003
EE-CA-0168-0001.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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