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Case Name EEOC v. OCTON HOLDINGS INC. d/b/a COMFORT INN VALLEY EE-WA-0060
Docket / Court 2:00-cv-00356-EFS ( E.D. Wash. )
State/Territory Washington
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
In September 2000, the EEOC district office in Seattle, Washington brought this suit against Octon Holdings, Inc., doing business as Comfort Inn Valley, a regional hotel chain, in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington. The complaint states that a former female employee ... read more >
In September 2000, the EEOC district office in Seattle, Washington brought this suit against Octon Holdings, Inc., doing business as Comfort Inn Valley, a regional hotel chain, in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington. The complaint states that a former female employee alleged that the defendant violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 when it allegedly fired her because she was pregnant. After the defendant filed its initial answer and one scheduling conference was held, the parties settled and a consent decree was entered in April 2001.

In the consent decree, the parties agreed that the defendant would pay the aggrieved female $12,500, refrain from retaliating and discriminating on the basis of sex, implement and distribute a new EEO policy, implement an internal complaint system, post an EEO notice, expunge employee files of references to this litigation, provide six hours of EEO training, and submit semiannual complaint and compliance reports. No fees or costs were awarded. The terms of the agreement ran for twenty-six months.

Joel Pettit - 07/06/2007


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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
Expungement of Employment Record
Implement complaint/dispute resolution process
Monitoring
Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law
Provide antidiscrimination training
Recordkeeping
Reporting
Retaliation Prohibition
Discrimination-area
Discharge / Constructive Discharge / Layoff
Discrimination-basis
Pregnancy discrimination
Sex discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
General
Disparate Treatment
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
Defendant(s) Comfor Inn Valley
Octon Holdings, 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 2001 - 2003
Case Closing Year 2001
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)
2:00-cv-00356-EFS (E.D. Wash.) 04/25/2001
EE-WA-0060-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 09/27/2000
EE-WA-0060-0001.pdf | Detail
Consent Decree and Order Dismissing Action 04/25/2001
EE-WA-0060-0002.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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