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Case Name EEOC v. CAROLYN FABRICS, INC D/B/A EE-NC-0018
Docket / Court 1:06-cv-00731 ( M.D. N.C. )
State/Territory North Carolina
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
The Charlotte district office of the EEOC brought this suit against Carolyn Fabrics, Inc. in August 2006 in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina. The complaint alleged sexual harassment in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Specifically, a male ... read more >
The Charlotte district office of the EEOC brought this suit against Carolyn Fabrics, Inc. in August 2006 in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina. The complaint alleged sexual harassment in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Specifically, a male employee allegedly harassed a female co-worker because of her sex. After appointment to a mediator, the parties settled the case in September 2007 by entry of a consent decree.

The decree included non-discrimination and non-retaliation clauses, required Carolyn Fabrics, Inc. to expunge the employment records of the female employees on whose behalf the EEOC brought suit and required the defendant to give neutral references when asked for information regarding the women's employment. Carolyn Fabrics, Inc. was also required to develop an anti-discrimination policy and post and distribute the policy. The consent decree also called on Carolyn Fabrics, Inc. to provide annual training to managers, supervisors, and employees in its High Point, North Carolina location, report complaints bi-annually to the EEOC, and allow the EEOC access to review compliance with the decree. The injunctive parts of the decree had a three year term. In addition, the decree provided for a total payment of $35,000 to the three female claimants (distribution of $20,000, $10,000, and $5,000).

Justin Kanter - 05/19/2008


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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
Monitoring
Neutral/Positive Reference
Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law
Provide antidiscrimination training
Reporting
Retaliation Prohibition
Discrimination-area
Harassment / Hostile Work Environment
Discrimination-basis
Sex discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
General
Disparate Treatment
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
Defendant(s) Carolyn Fabrics, Inc.
Carolyn Products, 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 2007 - 2010
Case Closing Year 2007
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)
1:06-cv-00731-WLO-WWD (M.D. N.C.) 09/12/2007
EE-NC-0018-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 08/31/2006
EE-NC-0018-0001 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Consent Decree 09/12/2007
EE-NC-0018-0002 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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