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Case Name EEOC v. SEPHORA USA, LLC EE-NY-0148
Docket / Court 03 CV 8821 ( 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 November 2003, the New York District Office of the EEOC filed this lawsuit against the retail cosmetic store chain Sephora USA, LLC, in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, alleging discrimination on the basis of national origin, Hispanic, in violation of Title VII of ... read more >
In November 2003, the New York District Office of the EEOC filed this lawsuit against the retail cosmetic store chain Sephora USA, LLC, in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, alleging discrimination on the basis of national origin, Hispanic, in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. We do not have a copy of the complaint; therefore the exact allegations involved are unknown. Following some discovery, unsuccessful mediation, and a successful motion for summary judgment by the defendant regarding its policy requiring English to be spoken to customers unless requested otherwise, the parties settled the lawsuit in September 2007 through a consent decree. We do not have a copy of the decree. Therefore, the exact allegations involved are unknown. However, it appears from the docket that the defendant was required to pay $565,000.

David Friedman - 04/02/2008


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Discrimination-basis
National origin discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
Private Party intervened in EEOC suit
General
Disparate Impact
Disparate Treatment
National Origin/Ethnicity
Indian
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
Defendant(s) Mr. Frank Cimitile
Mr. Frank Cimitile
Mr. Richard Tran
Ms. Diana Saini
Ms. Misa Gjonbalaj
Sephora USA, LLC
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
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree
Order Duration not on record
Case Closing Year 2007
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)
1:03-cv-08821-NRB (S.D.N.Y.) 09/04/2007
EE-NY-0148-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Memorandum and Order 09/13/2005 (419 F.Supp.2d 408) (S.D.N.Y.)
EE-NY-0148-0001 PDF | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Google Scholar
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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