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Case Name EEOC V. NATIONAL EDUCATION ASSOCIATION EE-AK-0003
Docket / Court 3:01-cv-00225-JKS ( D. Alaska )
State/Territory Alaska
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
On July 27, 2001, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's Seattle office filed a lawsuit under Title VII against the National Education Association in the U.S. District Court for the District of Alaska. The complainants later intervened as private plaintiffs in the case. The plaintiffs ... read more >
On July 27, 2001, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's Seattle office filed a lawsuit under Title VII against the National Education Association in the U.S. District Court for the District of Alaska. The complainants later intervened as private plaintiffs in the case. The plaintiffs alleged that the defendants had violated the rights of the complainants by discriminating against them on the basis of their gender (which was female), creating a "sex-based hostile work environment."

The District Court (Judge James K. Singleton) granted summary judgment to the defendants, and the plaintiffs appealed. On September 2, 2005, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit (Judges Goodwin, Brunetti, and Fletcher) reversed the finding of summary judgment and remanded the case back to the District Court. E.E.O.C. v. National Educ. Ass'n, Alaska, 422 F.3d 840 (9th Cir. 2005).

On February 23, 2006, the parties entered into mediation, and on May 18, 2006, they filed a consent decree with the District Court. Under the terms of the consent decree, which was to last for three years, the defendants were enjoined from discriminating against employees on the basis of gender, and they were required to pay the defendants a lump sum of $750,000 in damages. The defendants were also required to expunge the employment records of the complainants, getting rid of any negative records that were associated with the discrimination at issue in this case. Defendants agreed to provide training to all employees regarding the techniques for investigating and addressing discrimination problems. Full workplace training would occur no later than December 2006, and annually thereafter. On May 19, 2006, the District Court (Judge Singleton) adopted the consent decree and dismissed the case.

Kristen Sagar - 02/05/2008


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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
Implement complaint/dispute resolution process
Other requirements regarding hiring, promotion, retention
Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law
Provide antidiscrimination training
Recordkeeping
Reporting
Retaliation Prohibition
Discrimination-area
Harassment / Hostile Work Environment
Discrimination-basis
Sex discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
Private Party intervened in EEOC suit
General
Disparate Impact
Disparate Treatment
Pattern or Practice
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
Defendant(s) National Education Association
National Education Association - Alaska
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 None on record
Order Duration 2003 - 2006
Case Closing Year 2006
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)
A01-0225-CV (JKS) (D. Alaska) 11/30/2005
EE-AK-0003-9001 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
3:01-cv-00225-JKS (D. Alaska) 05/19/2006
EE-AK-0003-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
[Opinion] 09/02/2005 (422 F.3d 840)
EE-AK-0003-0006 PDF | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Westlaw
Consent Decree and Order of Dismissal 05/19/2006
EE-AK-0003-0001 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
National Education Association and Alaska Affiliate to Pay $750,000 for Harassment of Women 05/22/2006
EE-AK-0003-0005 PDF | Detail
Judges Goodwin, Alfred Theodore (Ninth Circuit, D. Or.)
EE-AK-0003-0006
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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