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Case Name EEOC v. MRS ASSOCIATES INC. EE-AZ-0077
Docket / Court 2:06-cv-2099-EHC ( D. Ariz. )
State/Territory Arizona
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
In August 2006, the Phoenix District Office and Washington, DC office of the EEOC filed this lawsuit against MRS Associates Inc. in the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona alleging discrimination on the basis of sex, female, in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, ... read more >
In August 2006, the Phoenix District Office and Washington, DC office of the EEOC filed this lawsuit against MRS Associates Inc. in the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona alleging discrimination on the basis of sex, female, in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 102 of the Civil Rights Act of 1991, and the Equal Pay Act of 1963. Specifically, the complaint alleged that the defendant paid the complaining party less than men with equivalent positions and retaliated against one complaining party for her opposition to these practices. Following some discovery, the parties settled the lawsuit through a settlement agreement in August 2007.

The eighteen month agreement, containing prohibitions against discrimination and retaliation, sexually harassing employees and paying lower wages to any employee based on sex, required the defendant to: report on complaints and make other compliance reports, keep records, allow access to the EEOC for monitoring, expunge the complainants' employment records, provide neutral references, develop an anti-discrimination policy, post and distribute notice of employee rights, provide EEO training, institute a complaint resolution mechanism, place records of complaints in the offender's personnel file, and pay $157,500 to be distributed among two individuals.

Daisy Manning - 04/16/2008


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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
Implement complaint/dispute resolution process
Monitoring
Neutral/Positive Reference
Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law
Provide antidiscrimination training
Recordkeeping
Reporting
Retaliation Prohibition
Discrimination-area
Discharge / Constructive Discharge / Layoff
Harassment / Hostile Work Environment
Pay / Benefits
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. § 2000e
Equal Pay Act, 29 U.S.C. § 206(d)
Defendant(s) MRS Associates 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 2007 - 2009
Case Closing Year 2007
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)
2:06-cv-02099-SMM (D. Ariz.) 08/22/2007
EE-AZ-0077-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 08/31/2006
EE-AZ-0077-0001.pdf | Detail
Order [Dismissing Case] 08/22/2007 (D. Ariz.)
EE-AZ-0077-0002.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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