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Case Name EEOC v. WALKER WOOD PRODUCTS EE-CA-0264
Docket / Court 3:05-cv-01880-WQH-LSP ( S.D. Cal. )
State/Territory California
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
In September 2005, the Los Angeles Office of the EEOC filed this lawsuit against Walker Wood Products in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California alleging discrimination on the basis of sex, female, in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Specifically, the ... read more >
In September 2005, the Los Angeles Office of the EEOC filed this lawsuit against Walker Wood Products in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California alleging discrimination on the basis of sex, female, in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Specifically, the complaint alleged the defendant subjected the complainant to a hostile work environment and retaliated against her following her opposition to these practices. Following some discovery, the parties settled the lawsuit in January 2008 through a consent decree.

The two-year decree, containing an agreement not to discriminate or retaliate, was contingent upon the defendant continuing to operate their business in contradiction of the defendant's plans to cease operations in January 2008, and required the defendant to: report on complaints and make other compliance reports, keep records, allow access to outsiders for monitoring, provide a neutral reference for complainant and convert complainants termination to a voluntary resignation, post and distribute notice of anti-discrimination and retaliation policies, provide EEO training, and compliance with anti-discrimination policies to annual supervisor performance evaluations, and pay $50,000 to be distributed at the sole discretion of the EEOC.

David Friedman - 04/11/2008


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Content of Injunction
Discrimination Prohibition
Implement complaint/dispute resolution process
Monitoring
Neutral/Positive Reference
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) Walker Wood Products
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 2008 - 2010
Case Closing Year 2008
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)
3:05-cv-01880-WQH-LSP (S.D. Cal.) 01/29/2008
EE-CA-0264-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 09/30/2005
EE-CA-0264-0001.pdf | Detail
Consent Decree 01/25/2008
EE-CA-0264-0002.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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