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Case Name EEOC v. PARTS WAREHOUSE INC. EE-AR-0038
Docket / Court 4-02-CV-00530 WRW ( E.D. Ark. )
State/Territory Arkansas
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
On August 22, 2002, the Memphis and Little Rock offices of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed a lawsuit under Title VII against Parts Warehouse, Inc. in the U.S. District for the Eastern District of Arkansas. The EEOC alleged that the defendants had violated the rights of a class of ... read more >
On August 22, 2002, the Memphis and Little Rock offices of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed a lawsuit under Title VII against Parts Warehouse, Inc. in the U.S. District for the Eastern District of Arkansas. The EEOC alleged that the defendants had violated the rights of a class of black complainants by subjecting them to racial discrimination, including racial graffiti in the restrooms.

On December 16, 2003, the parties filed a consent decree with the court, which the court adopted and dismissed the case. Under the terms of the decree, which was to last for 3 years, the EEOC was to inform the defendants within 30 days how much they were to pay in damages to the plaintiff class. This relief was not to exceed $220,000. The defendants agreed to expunge the employment records of all complainants of any reference to this lawsuit, and they agreed to provide those complainants with a neutral employment reference. The defendants agreed to post and distribute among the employees a notice of employee equal opportunity rights, and defendants agreed to provide training opportunities for qualified black employees in an effort to promote them to supervisory and managerial positions. Defendants agreed to monitor their facilities for racist graffiti, and to clean it up if they found any.

By the time the consent decree was entered, the defendant employees had already undergone racial discrimination training. Within 30 days of the decree, the defendants were to provide the names of those who attended and the syllabus for the class to the EEOC. The defendants agreed to conduct this training on an annual basis. Defendants were required to submit reports of their compliance to the EEOC at 6 months, 18 months, and 35 months during the 36 month life of the decree. Each report was to detail any complaints of racial discrimination made at the Little Rock facility, as well as what measures the defendants took to respond to the complaint and remedy the problem. Specifically, the report was to state whether any racist graffiti had been found at the facility, and it was to report on the annual racial discrimination training of staff members.

Kristen Sagar - 03/16/2008


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Content of Injunction
Discrimination Prohibition
Expungement of Employment Record
Neutral/Positive Reference
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
Other Conditions of Employment (including assignment, transfer, hours, working conditions, etc)
Discrimination-basis
Race discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
General
Disparate Treatment
Retaliation
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Race
Black
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
Defendant(s) Parts Warehouse, 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 2003 - 2006
Case Closing Year 2003
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)
4:02-cv-00530-WRW (E.D. Ark.) 12/16/2003
EE-AR-0038-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 08/22/2002
EE-AR-0038-0001.pdf | Detail
Consent Decree 12/16/2003
EE-AR-0038-0002.pdf | Detail
EEOC Press Release 02/09/2004
EE-AR-0038-0003.pdf | Detail
Judges Jones, Henry L. Jr. (E.D. Ark.) [Magistrate]
EE-AR-0038-9000
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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