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Case Name EEOC v. Medical Management, Inc. EE-WA-0056
Docket / Court CV-02-1689 ( W.D. Wash. )
State/Territory Washington
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
On August 15, 2002, the Seattle office of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed a lawsuit under Title VII against Medical Management International, Inc., in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington. The EEOC alleged that the defendants had violated the rights of 5 ... read more >
On August 15, 2002, the Seattle office of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed a lawsuit under Title VII against Medical Management International, Inc., in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington. The EEOC alleged that the defendants had violated the rights of 5 female complainants by subjecting them to a hostile work environment wherein they endured sexual discrimination.

On September 19, 2002, the defendant filed a counterclaim against the EEOC, asking the court to dismiss the claims against them and to order the EEOC to pay their attorneys' fees for the action. On November 12, 2003, the parties entered into a consent decree, which fully settled all claims in this lawsuit. Under the terms of the decree, the defendant agreed to pay $100,000 in non-economic damages for psychic and emotional distress to members of the claimant class. This money would be divided among the claimants by the EEOC. The defendant also agreed to fully expunge the employment records of all claimants of any record of involvement in this lawsuit. Within 120 days of the consent decree, and annually thereafter, the defendant agreed to have all employees undergo 2 hours of training on employment discrimination, including sexual harassment. If the defendant becomes aware of any discriminatory act by an employee, they will report such action to the EEOC. Finally, the defendant agreed to report on their compliance with the requirements of the decree within 6 months of the decree and annually thereafter throughout the life of the consent decree.

On the same day that the parties entered the consent decree, the district court adopted it and dismissed the case.

Kristen Sagar - 03/02/2008


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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
Follow recruitment, hiring, or promotion protocols
Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law
Provide antidiscrimination training
Reporting
Retaliation Prohibition
Utilize objective job description
Discrimination-area
Harassment / Hostile Work Environment
Discrimination-basis
Sex discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
General
Disparate Treatment
Retaliation
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
Defendant(s) Medical Management International, 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 2003 - 2005
Case Closing Year 2003
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)
2:02-cv-01689-JCC (W.D. Wash.) 06/30/2006
EE-WA-0056-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 08/15/2002
EE-WA-0056-0001 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Defendant's Answer, Affirmative Defenses, and Counterclaims to Plaintiff's Complaint 09/19/2002 (W.D. Wash.)
EE-WA-0056-0002 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Stipulated Protective Order 06/06/2003 (W.D. Wash.)
EE-WA-0056-0003 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Consent Decree and Order of Dismissal 11/12/2003
EE-WA-0056-0004 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
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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