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Case Name EEOC v. GRIFFIN PIPE PRODUCTS COMPANY EE-NJ-0037
Docket / Court 1:01-cv-04545-JBS ( D.N.J. )
State/Territory New Jersey
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
In September 2001, the Philadelphia District Office of the EEOC filed this suit against Griffin Pipe Products Company, an iron pipe and fittings manufacturing company, in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey. We do not have a copy of the complaint. However, according to an EEOC ... read more >
In September 2001, the Philadelphia District Office of the EEOC filed this suit against Griffin Pipe Products Company, an iron pipe and fittings manufacturing company, in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey. We do not have a copy of the complaint. However, according to an EEOC press release, the complaint alleged that the defendant discriminated against the charging party and twenty-one other black employees in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 by failing to promote black employees to management positions because of their race and by giving advance information about managerial job openings to white employees. After some scheduling orders and a couple settlement conferences, the parties settled through a consent decree in February 2003.

The consent decree required the defendant to: provide Title VII training to employees, develop job descriptions for each position to reflect the required minimum qualifications, develop interview techniques that assess applicants on the basis of the required job qualifications, and pay $100,000 to be divided among the twenty-two claimants.

Jennifer Solomon - 06/12/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Content of Injunction
Other requirements regarding hiring, promotion, retention
Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law
Provide antidiscrimination training
Reporting
Utilize objective hiring/promotion criteria
Utilize objective job description
Discrimination-area
Promotion
Discrimination-basis
Race discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
General
Disparate Treatment
Pattern or Practice
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Race
Black
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
Defendant(s) Griffin Pipe Products Company
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 - 2005
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)
1:01-cv-04545-JBS (D.N.J.) 02/13/2003
EE-NJ-0037-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
EEOC Press Release 02/13/2003
EE-NJ-0037-0001.pdf | Detail
EEOC Litigation Settlement Report - February 2003 02/13/2003
EE-NJ-0037-0002.pdf | Detail
Consent Decree 02/13/2003
EE-NJ-0037-0003.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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