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Case Name EEOC v. Cable Communications EE-GA-0021
Docket / Court 5:03-cv-0100-2(car) ( M.D. Ga. )
State/Territory Georgia
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
In March 2003 the Atlanta District Office of the EEOC filed this lawsuit against Cable Communications, Inc. in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia alleging discrimination on the basis of sex in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Specifically, the ... read more >
In March 2003 the Atlanta District Office of the EEOC filed this lawsuit against Cable Communications, Inc. in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia alleging discrimination on the basis of sex in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Specifically, the complaint alleged that the defendant subjected the four charging parties, female employees, to a sexually hostile work environment, resulting in the constructive discharge of the charging parties. The charging parties intervened in the lawsuit in July 2003. Following extensive discovery and two motions for summary judgment by the defendant, the parties settled the lawsuit through a consent decree in August 2004.

The two-year decree, containing a non-discrimination and non-retaliation clause, required the defendant to: report harassment complaints to the EEOC twice a year, certify compliance with notice posting and training measures, designate internal compliance officials, provide a neutral reference for complainants, post notice of employee rights, provide EEO training to its managers and clarify its current anti-harassment policies to all employees, update its anti-harassment policies and pay $200,000 to be distributed among four complainants.

David Friedman - 10/24/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Content of Injunction
Discrimination Prohibition
Neutral/Positive Reference
Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law
Provide antidiscrimination training
Reporting
Retaliation Prohibition
Discrimination-area
Discharge / Constructive Discharge / Layoff
Harassment / Hostile Work Environment
Discrimination-basis
Sex discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
Private Party intervened in EEOC suit
General
Disparate Treatment
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
Defendant(s) Cable Communications, Inc.
Cable Communications, 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 2004 - 2006
Case Closing Year 2004
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)
5:03-cv-00100-CAR (M.D. Ga.) 08/12/2004
EE-GA-0021-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 03/28/2003
EE-GA-0021-0001.pdf | Detail
Unopposed First Amended Complaint 09/11/2003
EE-GA-0021-0002.pdf | Detail
Order Dismissing Without Prejudice Defendant's Motion for Summary Judgment 06/21/2004 (M.D. Ga.)
EE-GA-0021-0004.pdf | Detail
Consent Decree 08/12/2004
EE-GA-0021-0003.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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