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Case Name EEOC v. Ryan's Family Steak Houses, Inc. EE-NC-0093
Docket / Court 1:04-cv-00006 ( W.D.N.C. )
State/Territory North Carolina
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
IWPR/Wage Project Consent Decree Study
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
EEOC's Washington DC and Charlotte, NC offices jointly filed this sexual harassment and retaliation lawsuit against the defendant, Ryan's Family Steak Houses, Inc. in the United States District Court for the Western District of North Caroline (Asheville)) on 01/08/2004. EEOC alleged on behalf of ... read more >
EEOC's Washington DC and Charlotte, NC offices jointly filed this sexual harassment and retaliation lawsuit against the defendant, Ryan's Family Steak Houses, Inc. in the United States District Court for the Western District of North Caroline (Asheville)) on 01/08/2004. EEOC alleged on behalf of three female employees at defendants' Shelby, NC restaurant that the defendant condoned a supervisor's sexual harassment activities, including inappropriate physical and verbal conduct. EEOC also claimed that the hostile work environment resulted in the constructive discharge of one employee. The constructively discharged employee intervened in the suit.

The parties settled without engaging in much discovery. A three-year consent decree was entered on 01/26/2005.

Under the decree, the defendant would pay the three complainants a total of $150,000 in back pay. The defendant must eliminate records of the lawsuit and relevant events from the employees' employment records and provide neutral letters of reference. Prohibited from discriminating and retaliating on the basis of sex in the future, the defendant must also provide annual training to all employees at the Shelby, NC restaurant. Additionally, the defendant was required to distribute its revised EEO policies and post notice of the settlement of the lawsuit.

Justin Kanter - 06/17/2007


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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
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
Pattern or Practice
Retaliation
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
Defendant(s) Ryan's Family Steak Houses, Inc.
Ryan's Family Steak Houses, 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 2005 - 2008
Case Closing Year 2005
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)
1:04-cv-00006 (W.D.N.C.) 01/26/2005
EE-NC-0093-9000 PDF | Detail
General Documents
Complaint 01/08/2004
EE-NC-0093-0001 PDF | Detail
Complaint in Intervention 04/15/2004
EE-NC-0093-0002 PDF | Detail
Consent Decree 01/26/2005
EE-NC-0093-0003 PDF | Detail
Judges Howell, Dennis L. (W.D.N.C.) [Magistrate]
EE-NC-0093-9000
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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