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Case Name EEOC v. CATHOLIC HEALTHCARE WEST (d/b/a NORTHRIDGE MEDICAL HOSPITAL CENTER) EE-CA-0153
Docket / Court 2:06-cv-01915-DDP-SS ( C.D. Cal. )
State/Territory California
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
The Los Angeles District Office of the EEOC brought this suit against Catholic Healthcare West dba Northridge Hospital Medical Center in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California in March 2006. The complaint alleged sex discrimination in violation of the Title VII of the Civil ... read more >
The Los Angeles District Office of the EEOC brought this suit against Catholic Healthcare West dba Northridge Hospital Medical Center in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California in March 2006. The complaint alleged sex discrimination in violation of the Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended by the Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 1978. The Defendant was alleged to have a policy of restricting the duties of pregnant employees to lessen their exposure to radiation. Both parties moved for summary judgment or, in the alternative, partial summary judgment. In January 2008, the court granted summary judgment to the EEOC on the issue of liability, sending the question of punitive damages to the jury. On 4/18/2008, the court held a conference setting a settlement conference for May 2008. The case is still ongoing in the district court as of 4/22/2008.

A consent decree was filed for this case on August 28th, 2008. The consent decree required the defendant to: pay $155,000 to be divided between two complainants, hire an EEOC Consultant to monitor compliance with Title VII and the decree, provide training in the form of live sessions to it's employees each year, post notices of EEO rights, and distribute its policies on discrimination. This decree has a duration of 33 months.

Keri Livingston - 05/23/2008


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Content of Injunction
Discrimination Prohibition
Implement complaint/dispute resolution process
Monitoring
Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law
Provide antidiscrimination training
Recordkeeping
Reporting
Retaliation Prohibition
Discrimination-area
Other Conditions of Employment (including assignment, transfer, hours, working conditions, etc)
Discrimination-basis
Pregnancy discrimination
Sex discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
General
Disparate Treatment
Pattern or Practice
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
Defendant(s) Catholic Healthcare West
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 None on record
Order Duration 2008 - 2010
Case Closing Year 2008
Case Ongoing Yes
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)
2:06-cv-01915-DDP-SS (C.D. Cal.) 04/18/2008
EE-CA-0153-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Stipulated Protective Order 08/28/2007 (C.D. Cal.)
EE-CA-0153-0001 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order Re Cross Motions for Summary Judgment 01/03/2008 (530 F.Supp.2d 1096) (C.D. Cal.)
EE-CA-0153-0002 PDF | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Consent Decree 08/29/2008
EE-CA-0153-0003 PDF | Detail
Document Source: District Court
Judges None on record
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Li, Derek W (California)
EE-CA-0153-9000
Park, Anna Y. (California)
EE-CA-0153-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Miller Savitt, Linda C (California)
EE-CA-0153-9000
Weber, Julie (California)
EE-CA-0153-9000
Williams, George Chester III (California)
EE-CA-0153-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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