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Case Name EEOC v. Hometown Buffet EE-CA-0101
Docket / Court 3:06-cv-02150-JM-JMA ( S.D. Cal. )
State/Territory California
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
On September 29, 2006, the Los Angeles District Office of the EEOC filed this suit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California. The plaintiffs sued Hometown Buffet Inc. under for violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Specifically, the plaintiffs alleged ... read more >
On September 29, 2006, the Los Angeles District Office of the EEOC filed this suit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California. The plaintiffs sued Hometown Buffet Inc. under for violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Specifically, the plaintiffs alleged sexual harassment and a hostile work environment. The plaintiffs sought injunctive relief, back pay, and punitive damages.

The defendant filed a motion for summary judgment or, alternatively, a motion for partial summary judgment. The EEOC filed a cross motion for summary judgment or, alternatively, a motion for partial summary judgment. On March 7, 2007, the court denied the defendant's motions and granted the EEOC partial summary judgment on the issue of the EEOC discharging its statutory obligation to conciliate before filing suit. 481 F. Supp. 2d 1110 (S.D. Cal. 2007).

The parties proceeded with discovery. On January 23, 2008, the defendant notified the court that it had started Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings.

Six months later, the defendant filed another motion for summary judgment, and the EEOC responded with a motion for partial summary judgment. The court set multiple dates to hear these motions, but they were continued at the parties' request. On July 21, 2009, the parties submitted a proposed consent decree to the court.

The next day, Judge Michael M. Anello approved the proposed consent decree put forth by the parties. The consent decree included monetary damages ranging from $25,000-$35,000 for each plaintiff and injunctive relief enjoining the defendant from future discrimination, harassment, or retaliation.

Kevin Wilemon - 05/23/2008
Gabriela Hybel - 10/24/2016


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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
Retaliation Prohibition
Training
Discrimination-area
Harassment / Hostile Work Environment
Discrimination-basis
Sex discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
No EEOC Final Resolution Type
General
Disparate Treatment
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
Defendant(s) Does 1-10
Does 1-10
Hometown Buffet, 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 2009 - 2011
Case Closing Year 2009
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-02150-JM-JMA (S.D. Cal.) 05/20/2008
EE-CA-0101-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 09/29/2006
EE-CA-0101-0001.pdf | Detail
Order 03/06/2007 (481 F.Supp.2d 1110) (S.D. Cal.)
EE-CA-0101-0002.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Google Scholar
Proposed Consent Decree 07/21/2009 (S.D. Cal.)
EE-CA-0101-0003.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Anello, Michael M. (S.D. Cal.)
EE-CA-0101-9000
Miller, Jeffrey T. (S.D. Cal.)
EE-CA-0101-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Garcia, Lorena (California)
EE-CA-0101-0003 | EE-CA-0101-9000
Liem, Connie (California)
EE-CA-0101-0003 | EE-CA-0101-9000
Nutter, Karen E. (Arizona)
EE-CA-0101-9000
Park, Anna Y. (California)
EE-CA-0101-0003 | EE-CA-0101-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Hoge, Charles T (California)
EE-CA-0101-0003 | EE-CA-0101-9000
Litteken, Lauren E (California)
EE-CA-0101-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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