The Seattle district office of the EEOC brought this suit against Hollywood Entertainment Corp., d/b/a Hollywood Video Stores in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington in September 2001. While we do not have a copy of the complaint, it apparently alleged discrimination ...
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The Seattle district office of the EEOC brought this suit against Hollywood Entertainment Corp., d/b/a Hollywood Video Stores in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington in September 2001. While we do not have a copy of the complaint, it apparently alleged discrimination against female employees in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Equal Pay Act. This suit was brought on behalf of a class of employees and was subsequently consolidated with a suit alleging violations of the Age Discrimination in Employment Act. After a stay in the proceedings and an order of dismissal, the parties settled the case in April 2003 by entry of a consent decree.
The decree included non-discrimination and non-retaliation clauses, required the EEOC to review Hollywood Entertainment's anti-discrimination policy and make reasonable modifications to it, and required the posting and distribution of the policy. Hollywood Entertainment also agreed to continue to train all managers and employees in the area of employment discrimination. The defendant also agreed to provide reports to the EEOC regarding compliance with the decree. The injunctive parts of the decree had a one year term. If the EEOC found non-compliance, the decree required the EEOC to give notice and a chance to remedy, allowed for a non-court dispute resolution process, and allowed for court enforcement which could prompt an indefinite extension of the decree and the awarding of costs to the EEOC. In addition, Hollywood Entertainment agreed to pay $87,000 to the class members with allocation of the funds to be determined by the EEOC.Justin Kanter - 06/09/2008