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Case Name EEOC v. The Denver Publishing Company, d/b/a The Rocky Mountain News, EE-CO-0057
Docket / Court 1:03-cv-01449-MSK-OES ( D. Colo. )
State/Territory Colorado
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
The Denver District Office of the EEOC brought this action in the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado, against The Denver Publishing Company, d/b/a The Rocky Mountain News. According to the EEOC litigation settlement report, the complaint, which was filed in July 2003, alleged race ... read more >
The Denver District Office of the EEOC brought this action in the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado, against The Denver Publishing Company, d/b/a The Rocky Mountain News. According to the EEOC litigation settlement report, the complaint, which was filed in July 2003, alleged race discrimination in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Specifically, the complaint alleged that workers directed racial epithets to African-American workers daily and the Defendant did not follow the company policy requiring that he report the harassment to Human Resources for Investigation. However, the actual complaint is not available in this case.

The charging party intervened in January 2004. In June 2005 the parties settled and although we do not have a copy of the settlement agreement, the EEOC litigation report stated that Defendant paid a total of $375,000 into a settlement fund, to be distributed among 10 individuals. The only documents we have for this case are the docket and the EEOC's settlement report.

Shankar Viswanathan - 06/26/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Discrimination-area
Harassment / Hostile Work Environment
Discrimination-basis
Race discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
Private Party intervened in EEOC suit
General
Disparate Treatment
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Private Plaintiff
Race
Black
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
Defendant(s) Denver Newspaper Agency, LLP
Denver Newspaper Agency, LLP
Denver Publishing 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
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Voluntary Dismissal
Order Duration not on record
Case Closing Year 2005
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-01449-MSK-OES (D. Colo.) 06/13/2005
EE-CO-0057-9000 PDF | Detail
General Documents
EEOC Annual Report 09/30/2005
EE-CO-0057-0001 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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