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Case Name EEOC v. PJAX, INC EE-PA-0133
Docket / Court 2:03-cv-00759-TFM-IJS ( W.D. Pa. )
State/Territory Pennsylvania
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
IWPR/Wage Project Consent Decree Study
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
On May 27, 2003, the Philadelphia and Pittsburgh offices of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed a lawsuit under Title VII against PJAX, Inc. in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania. The EEOC alleged that the defendants, an interstate trucking and freight ... read more >
On May 27, 2003, the Philadelphia and Pittsburgh offices of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed a lawsuit under Title VII against PJAX, Inc. in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania. The EEOC alleged that the defendants, an interstate trucking and freight firm, had violated Title VII by subjecting their female employees to sexual harassment in the workplace. Specifically, the complaint alleged that the defendants created a hostile work environment and failed to promote qualified females.

On October 6, 2003, the defendants filed a motion to dismiss. The court never ruled on that motion because on November 24, 2003, the parties filed a consent decree, which the court approved two days later. This consent decree has an effective period of two years and required the defendant to pay $300,000.00 in compensatory damages to the complainant and $200,000.00 in compensatory damages to four other complainants, to be distributed pro-rata. It also states that the defendants were enjoined from discriminating or retaliating against any of their employees on the basis of sex. They agreed to revise their anti-discrimination policy, and to provide their employees with equal employment opportunity training. Additionally, the defendants were required to distribute their revised policies and to post notice of EEO rights.

Keri Livingston - 05/13/2008


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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
Implement complaint/dispute resolution process
Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law
Provide antidiscrimination training
Reporting
Retaliation Prohibition
Defendant-type
Transportation
Discrimination-area
Demotion
Discharge / Constructive Discharge / Layoff
Harassment / Hostile Work Environment
Harassment / Hostile Work Environment
Other Conditions of Employment (including assignment, transfer, hours, working conditions, etc)
Promotion
Promotion
Discrimination-basis
Sex discrimination
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. § 2000e
Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. § 2000e
Defendant(s) PJAX, Inc.
PJAX, Inc.
PJAX, Inc.
Plaintiff Description EEOC, on behalf of several employees complaining of sex discrimination and harassment.
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 2003 - 2005
Case Closing Year 2003
Case Ongoing No
Case Listing EE-MD-0093 : EEOC v. PJAX INC (D. Md.)
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-00759-TFM-IJS (W.D. Pa.) 11/26/2003
EE-PA-0133-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 05/27/2003
EE-PA-0133-0002 PDF | Detail
Document Source: District Court
Consent Decree 11/20/2003
EE-PA-0133-0003 PDF | Detail
Document Source: District Court
EEOC Litigation Settlement Report - November 2005 11/25/2003
EE-PA-0133-0001 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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