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Case Name EEOC v. Renters Choice, Inc. EE-FL-0099
Docket / Court 9:00-cv-08888-DTKH ( S.D. Fla. )
State/Territory Florida
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
IWPR/Wage Project Consent Decree Study
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
The Miami Office of the EEOC filed this action in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida. The Defendant was Renter's Choice, Inc., a furniture, electronic, and appliance retailer now known as Rent-a-Center. The controversy involved alleged harassment, demotion, constructive ... read more >
The Miami Office of the EEOC filed this action in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida. The Defendant was Renter's Choice, Inc., a furniture, electronic, and appliance retailer now known as Rent-a-Center. The controversy involved alleged harassment, demotion, constructive discharge, and retaliation against three complainants based on race and national origin in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The lawsuit was filed in September 2000 and was resolved by consent decree in June 2002. The complainants, who intervened in the case, were awarded $76,666.66 each and their attorney received an additional $40,000 from the defendant. In addition, the company was required to provide training, to post and distribute a Notice, and to submit semi-annual reports to the EEOC. The decree was to last for three years.

Kevin Wilemon - 08/11/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
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
Harassment / Hostile Work Environment
Discrimination-basis
National origin discrimination
Race discrimination
Religion discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
Private Party intervened in EEOC suit
General
Disparate Treatment
Retaliation
National Origin/Ethnicity
Arab/Afgani/Middle Eastern
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Private Plaintiff
Race
Black
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. § 2000e
State Anti-Discrimination Law
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), 42 U.S.C. §§ 12111 et seq.
42 U.S.C. § 1981
Defendant(s) Renter's Choice, 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 2002 - 2005
Case Closing Year 2002
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)
9:00-cv-08888-DTKH (S.D. Fla.) 06/25/2002
EE-FL-0099-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 09/27/2000
EE-FL-0099-0001.pdf | Detail
[Intervenors'] Complaint and Demand for Trial by Jury 03/20/2001
EE-FL-0099-0002.pdf | Detail
Stipulation for Dismissal with Prejudice 06/10/2002
EE-FL-0099-0003.pdf | Detail
Consent Decree 06/26/2002
EE-FL-0099-0004.pdf | Detail
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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