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Case Name EEOC v. SCI WASHINGTON FUNERAL SERVICES, INC. dba MILLER-W EE-WA-0079
Docket / Court C98-5421 FDB ( W.D. Wash. )
State/Territory Washington
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
In July 1998, the Seattle District Office of th EEOC filed this lawsuit against SCI Washington Funeral Services Inc., doing business as Miller-Woodlawn Funeral Home and Memorial Park, in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington alleging retaliation in violation of Title VII of ... read more >
In July 1998, the Seattle District Office of th EEOC filed this lawsuit against SCI Washington Funeral Services Inc., doing business as Miller-Woodlawn Funeral Home and Memorial Park, in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington alleging retaliation 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 are unknown. However, it appears from the Proposed Consent Decree that the EEOC alleged the defendant was retaliated against for refusing to sign an employment agreement containing a mandatory arbitration clause. The complainant intervened in the lawsuit in September 1999. Following some discovery, the parties settled the lawsuit in August 2000 through a consent decree.

The three year decree, containing anti-discrimination and anti-retaliation clauses, required the defendant to: report on incidents of voluntary arbitration by employees and compliance reporting to the EEOC, develop an anti-discrimination policy, post notice of employee rights and provide EEO training.

David Friedman - 12/13/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Content of Injunction
Develop anti-discrimination policy
Discrimination Prohibition
Other requirements regarding hiring, promotion, retention
Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law
Provide antidiscrimination training
Reporting
Retaliation Prohibition
Discrimination-area
Discharge / Constructive Discharge / Layoff
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
Private Party intervened in EEOC suit
General
Disparate Treatment
Retaliation
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
Defendant(s) SCI Washington Funeral Services 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 Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree
Order Duration 2000 - 2003
Case Closing Year 2000
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)
3:98-cv-05421-FDB (W.D. Wash.) 08/01/2000
EE-WA-0079-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Proposed Consent Decree 01/25/2000
EE-WA-0079-0001.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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