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Case Name EEOC v. MR. GOLD INC. D/B/A LA PIAZZA EE-NY-0108
Docket / Court CV-03-2900 ( E.D.N.Y. )
State/Territory New York
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
IWPR/Wage Project Consent Decree Study
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
In June 2003, the New York District Office of the EEOC filed this lawsuit against Mr. Gold, Inc., doing business as La Piazza, in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York, alleging discrimination on the basis of sex in violation of the Civil Rights Act of 1963. Specifically, ... read more >
In June 2003, the New York District Office of the EEOC filed this lawsuit against Mr. Gold, Inc., doing business as La Piazza, in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York, alleging discrimination on the basis of sex in violation of the Civil Rights Act of 1963. Specifically, the complaint alleged that the defendant discriminated against female employees by permitting a sexually hostile work environment including physical and verbal abuse of female employees, and retaliated against opposition to these practices through unequal treatment and negatively impacting the financial and other working conditions of female employees, culminating in the constructive discharge of some of the complainants. The charging parties intervened in the lawsuit in November 2003. Following some discovery and a settlement conference, the parties settled the lawsuit in November 2004 through a consent decree.

The four-year decree, containing anti-discrimination and retaliation clauses, required the defendant to: report on complaints of harassment and make other compliance reports, post notice of employee rights, provide 3 hours of anti-discrimination training for employees and 5 hours of anti-discrimination training for supervisors and managers, maintain records regarding attendance of training sessions, designate a human resources representative to receive, investigate and resolve complaints of discrimination, and pay $247,500 to be distributed among nine complaining parties and their attorneys.

David Friedman - 01/11/2008


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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
Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law
Provide antidiscrimination training
Recordkeeping
Reporting
Retaliation Prohibition
Discrimination-area
Discharge / Constructive Discharge / Layoff
Harassment / Hostile Work Environment
Other Conditions of Employment (including assignment, transfer, hours, working conditions, etc)
Discrimination-basis
Sex discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
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. ยง 2000e
Defendant(s) Mr. Gold, 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 2004 - 2008
Case Closing Year 2004
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)
2:03-cv-02900-ADS-ARL (E.D.N.Y.) 11/20/2004
EE-NY-0108-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 06/12/2003
EE-NY-0108-0001 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Memorandum of Decision and Order 07/22/2004 (223 F.R.D. 100) (E.D.N.Y.)
EE-NY-0108-0003 PDF | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Google Scholar
Consent Decree 11/20/2004
EE-NY-0108-0002 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
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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