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Case Name EEOC v. GRAVES ENVIRONMENTAL & GEOTECHNICAL SERVICES, INC. EE-SC-0021
Docket / Court 1:00-cv-00373-CMC ( D.S.C. )
State/Territory South Carolina
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
In January 2000, the Charlotte Office of the EEOC filed this lawsuit against Graves Environmental (doing business as Graves Environmental and Geotechnical Services Incorporated), Graves Construction Services Inc., Graves Water Services Inc., Graves Drilling Services, and Graves Engineering Services ... read more >
In January 2000, the Charlotte Office of the EEOC filed this lawsuit against Graves Environmental (doing business as Graves Environmental and Geotechnical Services Incorporated), Graves Construction Services Inc., Graves Water Services Inc., Graves Drilling Services, and Graves Engineering Services Inc. in the U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina alleging discrimination on the basis of gender, female, 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. Following discovery and a motion for summary judgment granted in part for the defendant, motions for summary judgment by the EEOC and complainants that were denied, several motions to dismiss by the defendant that were denied, and a motion to dismiss due to the willful dishonesty of a complaining party that was partially granted, the parties settled the lawsuit in July 2002 through a consent decree.

The three-year decree, containing anti-discrimination and retaliation clauses, required the defendants to: report complaints and make other compliance reports, allow the EEOC access for monitoring, expunge the complainants' employment record, develop an anti-discrimination policy, post and distribute notice of EE laws, provide EEO training, pay the complaining parties $52,500 and waive payment of fees and costs taxed against the complainants by the court amounting to an estimated $3,500.

David Friedman - 06/10/2008


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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
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
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) Graves Construction Services Inc.
Graves Drilling Services
Graves Engineering Services Inc.
Graves Environmental
Graves Water Services 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 2002 - 2005
Case Closing Year 2002
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)
1:00-cv-00373-CMC (D.S.C.) 10/18/2002
EE-SC-0021-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Order [re: Motion to Compel] 12/05/2000 (D.S.C.)
EE-SC-0021-0001 PDF | Detail
Order [re: Motion for Protective Order] 04/25/2001 (D.S.C.)
EE-SC-0021-0002 PDF | Detail
Magistrate Judge's Order and Recommendation 03/01/2002 (D.S.C.)
EE-SC-0021-0003 PDF | Detail
Order on Objections to Report and Recommendation 04/11/2002 (D.S.C.)
EE-SC-0021-0004 PDF | Detail
Order of Dismissal 07/29/2002 (D.S.C.)
EE-SC-0021-0005 PDF | Detail
Consent Decree 08/05/2002
EE-SC-0021-0006 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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