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Case Name EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY COMMISSION v. STI HOLDINGS, INC. EE-WI-0048
Docket / Court 03-C-0543-S ( W.D. Wis. )
State/Territory Wisconsin
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
IWPR/Wage Project Consent Decree Study
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
In September 2003, the EEOC district office in Milwaukee, Wisconsin brought this action against STI Holdings, Inc. in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin. Although the complaint is unavailable, the EEOC litigation reports states that the EEOC alleged violations of Title ... read more >
In September 2003, the EEOC district office in Milwaukee, Wisconsin brought this action against STI Holdings, Inc. in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin. Although the complaint is unavailable, the EEOC litigation reports states that the EEOC alleged violations of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 based on race and sex. Specifically, the EEOC alleged that the defendant utilized a preemployment test that was biased against Blacks and women. Within one week of the complaint being filed, a consent decree was entered on 6 October 2003. However, over the following eight months, the parties moved several times to change the terms of the decree. In January 2005, the EEOC moved to enforce and extend the decree, but after briefing, the Court denied that motion in March 2005.

The EEOC litigation report and the consent decree states that the parties agreed that the defendant would pay the class a total of $180,000, refrain from using a biased preemployment test, hire at least twenty-seven qualified black applicants when assembler positions became available, and send out notifications of additional positions to interested class members. No fees or costs were awarded. The terms of the decree ran for two years and additionally required the defendant to post notice of rights.

Keri Livingston - 07/16/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Content of Injunction
Comply with advertising/recruiting requirements
Goals and Timekeeping
Hire
Other requirements regarding hiring, promotion, retention
Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law
Recordkeeping
Reporting
Utilize objective hiring/promotion criteria
Discrimination-area
Hiring
Testing
Discrimination-basis
Race discrimination
Sex discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
General
Disparate Impact
Disparate Treatment
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Race
Black
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
Defendant(s) STI HOLDINGS, INC.
Plaintiff Description The EEOC district office in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
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
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)
03-C-0543-S (W.D. Wis.) 03/15/2005
EE-WI-0048-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Consent Decree 10/03/2003
EE-WI-0048-0002 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
EEOC Litigation Settlement Report (October 2003) 10/31/2003
EE-WI-0048-0001 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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