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Case Name EEOC v. CONE SOLVENTS INC EE-TN-0025
Docket / Court 3:04-cv-00841 ( M.D. Tenn. )
State/Territory Tennessee
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
In September 2004, the Memphis District Office of the EEOC brought this suit against Cone Solvents, Inc. in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee. We do not have a copy of the complaint; therefore, the exact allegations involved are unknown. However, it appears from the ... read more >
In September 2004, the Memphis District Office of the EEOC brought this suit against Cone Solvents, Inc. in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee. We do not have a copy of the complaint; therefore, the exact allegations involved are unknown. However, it appears from the consent decree that the defendant violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 by subjecting the charging party and other similarly situated female employees to a sexually hostile work environment. The charging party intervened in the suit in January 2005. After some scheduling orders and discovery, the defendant filed a motion for summary judgment in December 2005. The motion was denied in April 2006. In July 2006, the parties participated in a settlement conference which resulted in a tentative agreement. The parties finally settled about a month later in late August through a consent decree.

The two-year decree, containing a non-discrimination clause, required the defendant to: provide sexual harassment training for all its employees, report to the EEOC at specified intervals, distribute its anti-harassment policy to its employees, post a notice of the decree, and pay $50,000 to be divided among three individuals.

Michele Marxkors - 08/16/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Content of Injunction
Discrimination Prohibition
Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law
Provide antidiscrimination training
Reporting
Discrimination-area
Harassment / Hostile Work Environment
Discrimination-basis
Sex discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
Private Party intervened in EEOC suit
General
Disparate Treatment
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
Defendant(s) Cone Solvents, 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 2006 - 2008
Case Closing Year 2006
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)
3:04-cv-00841 (M.D. Tenn.) 08/24/2006
EE-TN-0025-9000.pdf | Detail
General Documents
Memorandum Order 04/21/2006 (2006 WL 1083406) (M.D. Tenn.)
EE-TN-0025-0002.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Consent Decree 08/24/2006
EE-TN-0025-0001.pdf | Detail
Judges None on record
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers None on record
Defendant's Lawyers Bryant, Karyn Crigler (Tennessee)
EE-TN-0025-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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