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Case Name EEOC v. BRINKER INTERNATIONAL, INC;CHILI'S OF MD;CHILI'S OF BEL AIR EE-MD-0016
Docket / Court RDB-04-CV-1834 ( D. Md. )
State/Territory Maryland
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
IWPR/Wage Project Consent Decree Study
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
On June 14, 2004, the Baltimore office of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed a lawsuit under Title VII against Brinker International, Inc., Chili's of Maryland, Inc., and Chili's of Belair, Inc. in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland. The EEOC alleged that the ... read more >
On June 14, 2004, the Baltimore office of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed a lawsuit under Title VII against Brinker International, Inc., Chili's of Maryland, Inc., and Chili's of Belair, Inc. in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland. The EEOC alleged that the defendants had violated the rights of female employees by subjecting them to sexual harassment in the workplace at the hands of their manager. The EEOC also alleged that one of the complainants had been wrongfully fired for protesting against the sexual harassment.

On July 28, 2004, the parties filed a consent decree with the court. Under the terms of the decree, the defendants were enjoined from discriminating or retaliating against any of their employees. Defendants agreed to pay $243,000 in damages to the four complainants (including $33,000 in attorneys' fees), as well as $40,000 to eligible claimants, whose eligibility was to be determined by the EEOC. Within 90 days of the consent decree, the defendants were to provide at least 2 hours of training to prevent sexual harassment in the workplace to all employees and managers at the Bel Air location of the business. Defendants were to obtain prior approval from the EEOC of the material to be presented, and they had to provide the EEOC an attendance list for the training sessions within 10 days after the sessions were complete. Every 90 days during the duration of the consent decree, the defendants were required to report to the EEOC any complaints of sexual harassment made as well as any remedial measures taken in response to such complaints.

Justin Kanter - 02/20/2008


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Content of Injunction
Discrimination Prohibition
Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law
Provide antidiscrimination training
Recordkeeping
Reporting
Retaliation Prohibition
Discrimination-area
Discharge / Constructive Discharge / Layoff
Harassment / Hostile Work Environment
Discrimination-basis
Sex discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
General
Disparate Treatment
Retaliation
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
Defendant(s) Brinker International, Inc.
Chili's of Belair, Inc.
Chili's of Maryland, 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 2004 - 2006
Case Closing Year 2004
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-01834-RDB (D. Md.) 07/28/2004
EE-MD-0016-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 06/14/2004
EE-MD-0016-0001.pdf | Detail
Consent Decree 07/28/2004
EE-MD-0016-0002.pdf | Detail
EEOC Press Release 11/15/2004
EE-MD-0016-0003.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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