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Case Name EEOC v. LINK-PARAS, LLC d/b/a "COMFORT SUITES," and "MICROTEL INN & SUITES" EE-TN-0066
Docket / Court 2:03-cv-02641-BBD-sta ( W.D. Tenn. )
State/Territory Tennessee
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
In August 2003, the Memphis Office of the EEOC brought this lawsuit against Link-Paras, LLC, doing business as Comfort Suites and Microtel Inn & Suites in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee alleging discrimination on the basis of sex in violation of Title VII of the Civil ... read more >
In August 2003, the Memphis Office of the EEOC brought this lawsuit against Link-Paras, LLC, doing business as Comfort Suites and Microtel Inn & Suites in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee alleging discrimination on the basis of sex 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 involved are unknown. However, it appears from the consent decree that the complaint alleged that the defendant discriminated against the three charging parties, female employees, on the basis of sex, female, by subjecting them to sexual harassment and by terminating two of the employees in retaliation for their complaints about sexual harassment. Following some scheduling orders, the parties settled the lawsuit through a consent decree at the end of August 2004.

The three-year decree, containing an anti-discrimination and anti-retaliation clause, required the defendant to: develop an anti-discrimination policy which all employees must read and sign, post and distribute notice of employee rights, provide EEO training, report any complaint regarding sexual harassment and its resolution to the EEOC for three years, make certain compliance reports to the EEOC, and pay $35,000 to be distributed among three individuals.

Daisy Manning - 10/22/2007


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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
Discharge / Constructive Discharge / Layoff
Harassment / Hostile Work Environment
Discrimination-basis
Sex discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
General
Disparate Treatment
Retaliation
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
Defendant(s) Link-Paras, LLC
Link-Parras, LLC
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 2004 - 2007
Case Closing Year 2004
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)
2:03-cv-02641-BBD-sta (W.D. Tenn.) 08/31/2004
EE-TN-0066-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Consent Decree 08/05/2004
EE-TN-0066-0001 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judgment in a Civil Case [Order of Dismissal] 08/31/2004 (W.D. Tenn.)
EE-TN-0066-0002 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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