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Case Name EEOC v. Randstad EE-SC-0038
Docket / Court 8:03-1449-25AK (DSC) ( D.S.C. )
State/Territory South Carolina
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
In April 2003, the EEOC's Greenville office filed this suit in the U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina against an integrated and international network of corporations and partnerships owned by Randstad Holdings, a Dutch company, doing business as Randstad North America. The ... read more >
In April 2003, the EEOC's Greenville office filed this suit in the U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina against an integrated and international network of corporations and partnerships owned by Randstad Holdings, a Dutch company, doing business as Randstad North America. The defendant employment agency was charged with violating Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 when it acquiesced to requests from client employers not to refer females for employment. A female employee of the defendant complained when handing the requests for the client employer and was retaliated against for her opposition to the unlawful practice by being discharged. The EEOC brought this suit on her behalf and on the behalf of the class of females who were not referred for employment and were thereby deprived of federally protected rights. The parties quickly came to an agreement in the form of a consent decree that was adopted by the court in September 2003. It awarded the employee complainant $20,000 and awarded $27,000 to the aggrieved class of females. Further, the defendant was enjoined from acquiescing to discriminatory requests and was required to report to the EEOC when it received them.

Jason Chester - 07/31/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Content of Injunction
Discrimination Prohibition
Expungement of Employment Record
Monitoring
Neutral/Positive Reference
Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law
Provide antidiscrimination training
Reporting
Retaliation Prohibition
Discrimination-area
Discharge / Constructive Discharge / Layoff
Hiring
Discrimination-basis
Sex discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
General
Disparate Treatment
Pattern or Practice
Retaliation
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
Defendant(s) Randstad General Partner (US) LLC
Randstad North America LP
Randstad Staffing Services, Inc.
Staffing Resources (SC) LP
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)
8:03-cv-01449-TLW-WMC (D.S.C.) 01/20/2004
EE-SC-0038-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 04/24/2003
EE-SC-0038-0001 PDF | Detail
Amended Complaint 07/10/2003
EE-SC-0038-0002 PDF | Detail
Consent Decree 09/30/2003
EE-SC-0038-0003 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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