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Case Name EEOC v. CBS BROADCASTING, INC. EE-NY-0028
Docket / Court 00-CIV-8159 ( S.D.N.Y. )
State/Territory New York
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
In October 2000, the EEOC district office in New York, New York brought this suit against CBS Broadcasting, Inc., a national television broadcasting firm, in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. Although the complaint is not available, the EEOC annual report states that ... read more >
In October 2000, the EEOC district office in New York, New York brought this suit against CBS Broadcasting, Inc., a national television broadcasting firm, in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. Although the complaint is not available, the EEOC annual report states that the suit was brought on behalf of a class of over 200 female technicians nationwide. The EEOC alleged the the defendant violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 when it unlawfully discriminated against women by maintaining a hostile working environment, paying women less than men, not promoting or training women, and retaliating against those who complained.

A consent decree was entered two days after the suit was filed. The defendant agreed to pay the class $8 million, adopt, post and distribute a new non-discrimination policy, train employees in anti-discrimination and anti-harassment law, adopt procedures for posting of vacant positions and opportunities for overtime and special assignments, and meet a number of other requirements.

Jennifer Solomon - 06/30/2007


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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
Follow recruitment, hiring, or promotion protocols
Implement complaint/dispute resolution process
Monitoring
Other requirements regarding hiring, promotion, retention
Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law
Provide antidiscrimination training
Reporting
Retaliation Prohibition
Discrimination-area
Harassment / Hostile Work Environment
Pay / Benefits
Promotion
Training
Discrimination-basis
Sex discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
General
Disparate Treatment
Pattern or Practice
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
Defendant(s) CBS Broadcasting, 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 2000 - 2004
Case Closing Year 2000
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)
1:00-cv-08159-RWS (S.D.N.Y.) 10/31/2000
EE-NY-0028-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
EEOC and CBS Settle Sex Bias Suit for $8 MILLION 10/25/2000
EE-NY-0028-0001 PDF | Detail
Consent Decree 10/25/2000
EE-NY-0028-0004 PDF | Detail
Document Source: District Court
Combined Annual Reports Fiscal Years 1999-2001 11/25/2002
EE-NY-0028-0002 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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