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Case Name EEOC v. RIVER PALMS RESORT EE-NV-0032
Docket / Court CV-S-04-1349-RCJ-LRL ( D. Nev. )
State/Territory Nevada
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
IWPR/Wage Project Consent Decree Study
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
In September 2004, the Los Angeles District Office of the EEOC filed suit against Casino Columbia Sussex Corporation and Gold River Operating Corporation, both of whom were doing business as River Palms Resort, a casino/resort in Laughlin, Nevada. According to the complaint, which was filed in U.S. ... read more >
In September 2004, the Los Angeles District Office of the EEOC filed suit against Casino Columbia Sussex Corporation and Gold River Operating Corporation, both of whom were doing business as River Palms Resort, a casino/resort in Laughlin, Nevada. According to the complaint, which was filed in U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada, the casino subjected female employees to sexual harassment, violating Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, and attempted to force out the older female employees so that they could be replaced by younger, more attractive women, in violation of the Age Discrimination in Employment Act.

One of the female employees intervened as a plaintiff. In August of 2006, the EEOC moved for partial summary judgment, and the defendants moved to dismiss the case, alleging procedural irregularities in the EEOC's investigation. The EEOC's motion was granted in part and denied in part; the defendants' motion was dismissed.

In January of 2008, a settlement was reached, and on March 28, 2008, the parties filed a proposed consent decree. As of April 22, 2008, the court has yet to act on the proposal.

Shankar Viswanathan - 05/30/2008


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Content of Injunction
Discrimination Prohibition
Provide antidiscrimination training
Recordkeeping
Reporting
Retaliation Prohibition
Discrimination-area
Discharge / Constructive Discharge / Layoff
Harassment / Hostile Work Environment
Hiring
Other Conditions of Employment (including assignment, transfer, hours, working conditions, etc)
Discrimination-basis
Age discrimination
Sex discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
No EEOC Final Resolution Type
Private Party intervened in EEOC suit
General
Disparate Treatment
Retaliation
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. § 2000e
Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), 29 U.S.C. §§ 201-219
Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), 29 U.S.C. §§ 621 et seq.
Defendant(s) Casino Columbia Sussex Corporation
Gold River Operating Corporation
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 - 2011
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)
2:04-cv-01349-LRL-LRL (D. Nev.) 05/06/2008
EE-NV-0032-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint-Civil Rights 09/29/2004
EE-NV-0032-0001 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
First Amended Complaint-Civil Rights 10/05/2004
EE-NV-0032-0002 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Second Amended Complaint-Civil Rights 03/13/2006
EE-NV-0032-0003 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order [Granting Motion to Quash] 03/24/2006 (D. Nev.)
EE-NV-0032-0004 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order [Granting Motion to Quash] 03/24/2006 (D. Nev.)
EE-NV-0032-0005 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order [Denying Motion to Quash] 05/16/2006 (D. Nev.)
EE-NV-0032-0006 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order [re: Summary Judgment] 03/30/2007 (2007 WL 983853) (D. Nev.)
EE-NV-0032-0008 PDF | WESTLAW | Detail
Consent Decree 03/25/2008
EE-NV-0032-0007 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Leavitt, Lawrence R. (D. Nev.) [Magistrate]
EE-NV-0032-0007 | EE-NV-0032-9000 | EE-NV-0032-9000
Leen, Peggy A. (D. Nev.) [Magistrate]
EE-NV-0032-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Johnson, Dana C. (California)
EE-NV-0032-9000
Liem, Connie (California)
EE-NV-0032-9000
Noh, Sue J. (California)
EE-NV-0032-9000
Park, Anna Y. (California)
EE-NV-0032-0007 | EE-NV-0032-9000
Viramontes, Victor (California)
EE-NV-0032-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Claxton, Linda (California)
EE-NV-0032-0007 | EE-NV-0032-9000
Ehrhardt, Herbert C. (Mississippi)
EE-NV-0032-9000
Garner, Rex (Nevada)
EE-NV-0032-9000
Kirshman, Norman H. (Nevada)
EE-NV-0032-0007 | EE-NV-0032-9000
Pickering, Kristina (Nevada)
EE-NV-0032-9000
Wallis, Leslie Erin (California)
EE-NV-0032-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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