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Case Name EEOC v. VENTIV PHARMA SERVICES EE-NJ-0102
Docket / Court 3:06-cv-04596-MLC-JJH ( D.N.J. )
State/Territory New Jersey
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
The New York District Office of the EEOC brought this suit against Ventiv Pharma Services (now known as inVentiv Pharma Services, a Division of inVentiv Health, Inc.) in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey in September 2006. The complaint alleged sex discrimination based on ... read more >
The New York District Office of the EEOC brought this suit against Ventiv Pharma Services (now known as inVentiv Pharma Services, a Division of inVentiv Health, Inc.) in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey in September 2006. The complaint alleged sex discrimination based on pregnancy in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended by the Pregnancy Discrimination Act. The defendant allegedly did not grant more than six weeks of leave to pregnant women, but did allow others to take more than six weeks of leave for other medical reasons. The complainant was allegedly discharged for attempting to take more than six weeks of leave.

The parties entered into a consent decree in March 2008 after several settlement conferences with Magistrate Judge John J. Hughes. The consent decree required the defendant to post and distribute its new, non-discriminatory leave policy; maintain a database of leave requests to ensure that discrimination does not occur; train its employees on federal anti-discrimination laws; and submit semiannual reports to the EEOC for the duration of the two-year decree. The defendant also paid $26,000 to the charging party for backpay, and $26,0000 to the charging party for compensatory damages.

Jason Chester - 05/29/2008


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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
Monitoring
Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law
Provide antidiscrimination training
Recordkeeping
Reporting
Retaliation Prohibition
Discrimination-area
Accommodation / Leave
Discharge / Constructive Discharge / Layoff
Discrimination-basis
Pregnancy 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. ยง 2000e
Defendant(s) Ventiv Pharma Services
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 2008 - 2010
Case Closing Year 2008
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)
3:06-cv-04596-MLC-JJH (D.N.J.) 03/18/2008
EE-NJ-0102-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 09/27/2006
EE-NJ-0102-0001.pdf | Detail
Consent Decree 03/18/2008
EE-NJ-0102-0002.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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