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Case Name EEOC v. J.W. Aluminum EE-SC-0027
Docket / Court 2:03-2448-12BG ( D.S.C. )
State/Territory South Carolina
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
In July 2003, the EEOC district office in Charlotte, North Carolina brought this suit against the J.W. Aluminum Company, a foil and sheet aluminum manufacturer, in the U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina. The complaint alleged racial discrimination in violation of Title VII of ... read more >
In July 2003, the EEOC district office in Charlotte, North Carolina brought this suit against the J.W. Aluminum Company, a foil and sheet aluminum manufacturer, in the U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina. The complaint alleged racial discrimination in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Specifically, the allegations were that the defendant allowed its employees to use racial slurs and deface its premises with racial graffiti.

The parties settled and a consent decree was entered in March 2005. In the consent decree, the parties agreed that the defendant would refrain from retaliating and discriminating on the basis of race, establish a fund for potential class members in the amount of $225,000, provide EEO training, post EEO notices, implement an EEO policy, and make semiannual complaint reports. No fees or costs were awarded. The terms of the agreement ran for three years

Jason Chester - 06/24/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Content of Injunction
Develop anti-discrimination policy
Discrimination Prohibition
Implement complaint/dispute resolution process
Monitoring
Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law
Provide antidiscrimination training
Recordkeeping
Reporting
Retaliation Prohibition
Discrimination-area
Harassment / Hostile Work Environment
Discrimination-basis
Race discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
General
Disparate Treatment
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Race
Black
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
Defendant(s) J.W. Aluminum 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
Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree
Order Duration 2005 - 2008
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)
2:03-cv-02448-DCN-GCK (D.S.C.) 03/10/2005
EE-SC-0027-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 07/25/2003
EE-SC-0027-0002.pdf | Detail
Consent Decree 10/13/2004
EE-SC-0027-0003.pdf | Detail
Final Order Approving Consent Decree 03/10/2005 (D.S.C.)
EE-SC-0027-0004.pdf | Detail
Annual Report on the Operations and Accomplishments of the Office of the General Counsel (FY 2005) 04/13/2006
EE-SC-0027-0001.pdf | Detail
Judges Kosko, George C. (D.S.C.) [Magistrate]
EE-SC-0027-9000
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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