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Case Name EEOC v. Corrections Corporation of America EE-CO-0015
Docket / Court 1:06-cv-01956-KHV-MJW ( D. Colo. )
State/Territory Colorado
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
On September 29, 2006, the Phoenix District Office of the EEOC filed this lawsuit in U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado against Crowley County Correctional Facility, a Colorado prison, and related corporate entities. The complaint was brought under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, ... read more >
On September 29, 2006, the Phoenix District Office of the EEOC filed this lawsuit in U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado against Crowley County Correctional Facility, a Colorado prison, and related corporate entities. The complaint was brought under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, alleging that the defendant allowed female employees to be sexually harassed by their co-workers, and that when some of them complained, the employer retaliated by subjecting them to increased scrutiny, by exposing them to the risk of physical harm at the hands of inmates, and by assigning them to work in isolated areas with their alleged harassers.

The charging parties intervened as plaintiffs in the case. In March of 2008, one of the defendant companies moved for summary judgment on the entire case, and all of the defendants moved for partial summary judgment. On March 12, 2009, U.S. District Judge Robert E. Blackburn granted Dominion defendant's motion for summary judgment, finding there was no evidence that the defendant was an employer to any of the plaintiffs.

On September 30, 2009, the parties filed a joint motion to dismiss subject to the entry of a consent decree. U.S. District Judge Kathryn H. Vratil approved the consent decree on October 1, 2009 and dismissed the case. The decree required the defendant to pay $1,300,000 in backpay, compensation, and other monetary relief to claimants. It further enjoined the defendant from discriminating against employees through a gender-based hostile work environment or sexual harassment, and enjoined defendants from retaliating against employees for opposing such discrimination. The defendant was also required to create policies on sexual harassment, provide trainings on sexual harassment, file reports with the EEOC, and expunge the files of claimants in the case.

Jason Chester - 06/02/2008
Gabriela Hybel - 10/30/2016


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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
Neutral/Positive Reference
Provide antidiscrimination training
Reporting
Training
Discrimination-area
Discipline
Harassment / Hostile Work Environment
Other Conditions of Employment (including assignment, transfer, hours, working conditions, etc)
Discrimination-basis
Sex discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
No EEOC Final Resolution Type
Private Party intervened in EEOC suit
General
Disparate Treatment
Pattern or Practice
Retaliation
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
Defendant(s) Corrections Corporation of America
Dominion Correctional Properties, LLC
Dominion Correctional Services LLC
Dominion Venture Group
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
Conditional Dismissal
Order Duration 2009 - 2012
Case Closing Year 2009
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)
06-CV-01956-EWN-MJW (D. Colo.) 10/01/2009
EE-CO-0015-9000.pdf | Detail
General Documents
Intervenor Complaint 05/10/2007
EE-CO-0015-0002.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Complaint 05/11/2007
EE-CO-0015-0001.pdf | Detail
Amended Complaint 05/11/2007
EE-CO-0015-0003.pdf | Detail
Amended Complaint in Intervention 05/11/2007
EE-CO-0015-0004.pdf | Detail
Amended Complaint in Intervention 05/14/2007
EE-CO-0015-0005.pdf | Detail
Amended Complaint and Jury Trial Demand 05/14/2007
EE-CO-0015-0006.pdf | Detail
Order Granting in Part and Denying in Part Dominion Defendants' Motion for Partial Summary Judgment 03/12/2009 (2009 WL 650528) (D. Colo.)
EE-CO-0015-0008.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Consent Decree 10/01/2009
EE-CO-0015-0007.pdf | Detail
Document Source: BNA (Bureau of National Affairs)
Judges Blackburn, Robert E. (D. Colo.)
EE-CO-0015-0008
Nottingham, Edward Willis Jr. (D. Colo.)
EE-CO-0015-9000
Vratil, Kathryn Hoefer (D. Kan.)
EE-CO-0015-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Chen, Tin-Tin Diana (Arizona)
EE-CO-0015-9000
Kittle, Rita Byrnes (Colorado)
EE-CO-0015-9000
Moench, William E. (Colorado)
EE-CO-0015-9000
Palma, Lynn L. (Colorado)
EE-CO-0015-9000
Roseman, Barry D. (Colorado)
EE-CO-0015-9000
Shanley, Sally C. (Arizona)
EE-CO-0015-9000
Struble, Stephanie (Colorado)
EE-CO-0015-9000
Weeks, Nancy A. (Colorado)
EE-CO-0015-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Jones, April L. (Colorado)
EE-CO-0015-9000
Lowrie, John C. (Colorado)
EE-CO-0015-9000
Munger, Peter F. (Colorado)
EE-CO-0015-9000
Rea, Colleen Myers (Colorado)
EE-CO-0015-9000
Rye, Melissa Jane (Colorado)
EE-CO-0015-9000
Satriana, Daniel R. Jr. (Colorado)
EE-CO-0015-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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