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Case Name EEOC v. Northwestern Human Services EE-PA-0120
Docket / Court 2:04-cv-04531-RBS ( E.D. Pa. )
State/Territory Pennsylvania
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
In September 2004, the Philadelphia District Office of the EEOC brought this lawsuit against Northwestern Human Services, Inc. in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. We do not have a copy of the complaint. Therefore, the exact allegations involved are unknown. ... read more >
In September 2004, the Philadelphia District Office of the EEOC brought this lawsuit against Northwestern Human Services, Inc. in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. We do not have a copy of the complaint. Therefore, the exact allegations involved are unknown. However, it appears from the charging parties' complaint and from the Court Order granting intervention to a second group of charging parties that the complaint alleged that the defendant discriminated against the eight charging parties on the basis of national origin, African, in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 by terminating or constructively terminating the complainants because of their respective national origin. The charging parties intervened in the suit in October 2004 and August 2005. After discovery and pending a decision on defendant's motion for summary judgment, the parties settled in August 2006 through a consent decree. This decree required the defendant to: pay $600,000, to be divided among the eight charging parties, post notice of rights, and to provide training to all employees. Additionally, the decree prevents the defendant from discriminating, retaliating, or divulging information regarding this suit, to potential employers of the charging parties.

Keri Livingston - 10/15/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Content of Injunction
Discrimination Prohibition
Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law
Provide antidiscrimination training
Reporting
Retaliation Prohibition
Discrimination-area
Discharge / Constructive Discharge / Layoff
Other Conditions of Employment (including assignment, transfer, hours, working conditions, etc)
Discrimination-basis
National origin discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
Private Party intervened in EEOC suit
General
Disparate Impact
Disparate Treatment
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. § 1981
State Anti-Discrimination Law
Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. § 2000e
Defendant(s) Northwestern Human Services
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 2006 - 2009
Case Closing Year 2006
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)
2:04-cv-04531-RBS (E.D. Pa.) 09/25/2006
EE-PA-0120-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Plaintiff Intervenors' Complaint 01/06/2005
EE-PA-0120-0001 PDF | Detail
Memorandum & Order 10/14/2005 (2005 WL 2649324 / 2005 U.S.Dist.LEXIS 23768) (E.D. Pa.)
EE-PA-0120-0003 PDF | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Consent Decree 09/25/2006
EE-PA-0120-0002 PDF | Detail
Document Source: District Court
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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