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Case Name EEOC v. EJ INTERNATIONAL dba MOODS AND MUSIC EE-MP-0001
Docket / Court 1:98-cv-00055 ( D. N. Mar. I. )
State/Territory Northern Mariana Islands
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
The San Francisco District Office of the EEOC brought this suit against E.J. International, Inc. (d/b/a Moods & Music, d/b/a The Colonel's Place) in September 1998, in the U.S. District Court for Northern Mariana Islands. The EEOC's complaint alleged that two charging parties and a class of female ... read more >
The San Francisco District Office of the EEOC brought this suit against E.J. International, Inc. (d/b/a Moods & Music, d/b/a The Colonel's Place) in September 1998, in the U.S. District Court for Northern Mariana Islands. The EEOC's complaint alleged that two charging parties and a class of female employees had been subjected by defendant to a sexually hostile work environment and had been constructively discharged, in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The parties settled by entry of a consent decree in June 1999.

The consent decree enjoined defendant from discriminating or retaliating, or otherwise violating Title VII. It also provided for the payment of $50,000 to each of the two charging parties and each of five class members, for a total of $350,000. However, the defendant had no assets at the time of the decree, so the payments would only come due when it acquired assets with which to pay off the agreed monetary relief. As long as payments were still outstanding, the defendant was required to make its financial records available to the EEOC for inspection.

Shankar Viswanathan - 07/31/2008


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Content of Injunction
Discrimination Prohibition
Reporting
Retaliation Prohibition
Discrimination-area
Discharge / Constructive Discharge / Layoff
Harassment / Hostile Work Environment
Discrimination-basis
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. ยง 2000e
Defendant(s) E.J. International Inc.
Elizabeth P. Castenada
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 not on record
Case Closing Year 1999
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)
1:98-055 (D. N. Mar. I.) 06/11/1998
EE-MP-0001-9001 PDF | Detail
1:98-cv-00055 (D. N. Mar. I.) 09/25/1998
EE-MP-0001-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 09/18/1998
EE-MP-0001-0001 PDF | Detail
Consent Decree 06/11/1999
EE-MP-0001-0002 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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