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Case Name EEOC v. Quality Art LLC; Palestra Capital LLC EE-AZ-0088
Docket / Court 2:00-cv-01171-SMM ( D. Ariz. )
State/Territory Arizona
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
The Phoenix office of the EEOC brought this suit against Quality Art, LLC and Palestra Capital, LLC in the United States District Court for the District of Arizona in June 2000. While we do not have a copy of the complaint, from a press release issued by the EEOC, we know the complaint alleged ... read more >
The Phoenix office of the EEOC brought this suit against Quality Art, LLC and Palestra Capital, LLC in the United States District Court for the District of Arizona in June 2000. While we do not have a copy of the complaint, from a press release issued by the EEOC, we know the complaint alleged discrimination in violation of Title VII. More specifically, the complaint alleged the defendants discriminated against thirty-five female and Hispanic workers, mostly Mexican and Guatemalan, by subjecting them to sexual harassment, national origin discrimination, and retaliation by segregating them, paying them lower wages, and constructively discharging them. A class of employees was allowed to intervene in the suit in June 2000. The court entered the parties' settlement in August 2001. While a copy of the settlement is unavailable, a press release issued by the EEOC indicates Quality Art agreed to pay $3.5 million to the plaintiffs. Quality Art filed for bankruptcy in December 2000 and the press release does not indicate that the parties agreed to any injunctive relief.

Justin Kanter - 08/14/2008


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Discrimination-area
Discharge / Constructive Discharge / Layoff
Harassment / Hostile Work Environment
Other Conditions of Employment (including assignment, transfer, hours, working conditions, etc)
Pay / Benefits
Discrimination-basis
National origin discrimination
Sex discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
Private Party intervened in EEOC suit
General
Disparate Treatment
Retaliation
National Origin/Ethnicity
Indian
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
Defendant(s) John A. Burns, Sr.
Justin C. Heyman
Palestra Capital Fund III LLC
Palestra Capital LLC
Palestra Capital Partners, Inc.
Quality Art LLC
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
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Voluntary Dismissal
Order Duration not on record
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)
2:00-cv-01171-SMM (D. Ariz.) 10/29/2002
EE-AZ-0088-9000.pdf | Detail
2:00-bk-13772-CGC (D. Ariz.) 08/20/2008
EE-AZ-0088-9001.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
EEOC Press Release 06/21/2000
EE-AZ-0088-0002.pdf | Detail
EEOC Press Release 08/08/2001
EE-AZ-0088-0001.pdf | Detail
Document Source: EEOC.gov
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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