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Case Name EEOC v. HOLLYWOOD ENTERTAINMENT CORP EE-WA-0033
Docket / Court 2:01-cv-01531-RSL ( W.D. Wash. )
State/Territory Washington
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
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 ... read more >
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


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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
Reporting
Retaliation Prohibition
Discrimination-area
Pay / Benefits
Discrimination-basis
Age discrimination
Sex discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
General
Disparate Treatment
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. § 2000e
Equal Pay Act, 29 U.S.C. § 206(d)
Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), 29 U.S.C. §§ 621 et seq.
Defendant(s) Hollywood Entertainment Corp.
Hollywood Entertainment Corp.
Hollywood Entertainment Corp.
Plaintiff Description Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, on behalf of one or more workers.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations EEOC
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status granted Yes
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 - 2004
Case Closing Year 2003
Case Ongoing No
Case Listing EE-WA-0034 : EEOC v. HOLLYWOOD ENTERTAINMENT CORP (d/b/a HOLLYWOOD VIDEO STORES) (W.D. Wash.)
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)
2:01-cv-01531-RSL (W.D. Wash.) 05/17/2004
EE-WA-0033-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Related Case Order 10/24/2001 (W.D. Wash.)
EE-WA-0033-0004.pdf | Detail
Order of Dismissal 07/31/2002 (W.D. Wash.)
EE-WA-0033-0002.pdf | Detail
Consent Decree and Order 04/15/2003
EE-WA-0033-0001.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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