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Case Name EEOC v. LUTHERAN MEDICAL CENTER EE-NY-0094
Docket / Court 01 5494 ( E.D.N.Y. )
State/Territory New York
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
IWPR/Wage Project Consent Decree Study
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
In August 2001, the New York District Office of the EEOC filed this lawsuit against Lutheran Medical Center in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York alleging discrimination on the basis of sex in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. We do not have a copy ... read more >
In August 2001, the New York District Office of the EEOC filed this lawsuit against Lutheran Medical Center in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York alleging discrimination on the basis of sex in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. We do not have a copy of the complaint; therefore, the exact allegations involved are unknown. However, it appears from the EEOC's Press Release that the defendant allegedly permitted the sexual harassment of a class of female employees when conducting employment-related medical examinations. The complainants intervened in this case in December 2001. Following a series of status and settlement conferences, the parties settled this lawsuit in May 2003 through a consent decree. The defendant was required to: pay a total of $5.425 million, with 1.308 million being divided among the 8 charging parties, revise its policies on anti-harassment, anti-retaliation, and pre-employment physical examinations and provide further training on anti-discrimination and anti-harassment issues.

Keri Livingston - 10/24/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Content of Injunction
Discrimination Prohibition
Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law
Provide antidiscrimination training
Reinstatement
Reporting
Discrimination-area
Harassment / Hostile Work Environment
Discrimination-basis
Sex discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
Private Party intervened in EEOC suit
General
Disparate Treatment
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
Defendant(s) Lutheran Medical Center
M.D. Conrad Ponio
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 2003 - 2006
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)
1:01-cv-05494-LBS-MDG (E.D.N.Y.) 05/22/2003
EE-NY-0094-9000 PDF | Detail
General Documents
Draft Consent Decree 03/28/2003 (2003 WL 21999600) (E.D.N.Y.)
EE-NY-0094-0007 PDF | WESTLAW | Detail
Consent Decree 04/07/2003
EE-NY-0094-0006 PDF | Detail
Document Source: District Court
Hospital in New York to Pay over $5 Million to Settle Sexual Harrassment by Doctor 04/09/2003
EE-NY-0094-0002 PDF | Detail
Stipulation of Dismissal with Prejudice 05/22/2003
EE-NY-0094-0001 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
EEOC Litigation Settlement Report - April 2003 11/20/2003
EE-NY-0094-0003 PDF | Detail
FY 2003 Office of General Counsel Annual Report 01/05/2005
EE-NY-0094-0004 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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