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Case Name EEOC v. R & J ENTERPRISES (d/b/a IHOP) EE-AL-0066
Docket / Court 2:02-cv-02314-UWC ( N.D. Ala. )
State/Territory Alabama
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
In September 2002, the Birmingham, Alabama office of the EEOC brought this suit against R&J Enterprises d/b/a International House of Pancakes; AJM Inc. d/b/a International House of Pancakes; and Strategic Outsourcing, Inc. in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama. The ... read more >
In September 2002, the Birmingham, Alabama office of the EEOC brought this suit against R&J Enterprises d/b/a International House of Pancakes; AJM Inc. d/b/a International House of Pancakes; and Strategic Outsourcing, Inc. in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama. The complaint alleged that the defendants subjected the four charging parties, female employees of IHOP, to a sexually hostile work environment in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

In March 2003, the four charging parties intervened in the suit. In addition to the claim of sexual harassment, the complaint in intervention alleged that three of the women, who were African-American, had been subjected to racial discrimination as well. The parties eventually settled the case in October 2003 through a consent decree. The consent decree awarded a total of $180,000.00 to the aggrieved parties. From that amount, a total of $30,000.00 was to be distributed to eleven other individuals not specifically named in the decree; the remaining amount was to be distributed to the four charging parties. The decree also required the defendant to refrain from retaliation, to post its anti-discrimination policy and complaint procedure, and to provide sexual harassment training to its owners, managers, and all other employees.

Kevin Wilemon - 09/26/2007


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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
Retaliation Prohibition
Discrimination-area
Demotion
Discharge / Constructive Discharge / Layoff
Discipline
Harassment / Hostile Work Environment
Other Conditions of Employment (including assignment, transfer, hours, working conditions, etc)
Discrimination-basis
Race discrimination
Sex discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
Private Party intervened in EEOC suit
General
Disparate Treatment
Retaliation
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Private Plaintiff
Race
Black
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
Defendant(s) AJM Inc.
R & J Enterprises
R & J Enterprises
Strategic Outsourcing, 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 2003 - 2004
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)
2:02-cv-02314-UWC (N.D. Ala.) 10/22/2003
EE-AL-0066-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 09/19/2002
EE-AL-0066-0001 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Complaint-in-Intervention 03/14/2003
EE-AL-0066-0007 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Consent Decree 10/22/2003
EE-AL-0066-0010 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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