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Case Name EEOC v. DIELECTRIC LABORATORIES, INC. EE-NY-0038
Docket / Court 5:02-cv-01242-NAM-GJD ( N.D.N.Y. )
State/Territory New York
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
The New York office of the EEOC brought this suit against Dielectric Laboratories, Inc., an upstate New York computer parts manufacture, in September 2002, in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York. Complainants allege that the defendant subjected them to a hostile work ... read more >
The New York office of the EEOC brought this suit against Dielectric Laboratories, Inc., an upstate New York computer parts manufacture, in September 2002, in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York. Complainants allege that the defendant subjected them to a hostile work environment based on their national origin. One complainant intervened in the case several months after the initial complaint was filed by the EEOC. The parties entered into mediation and came to a settlement prior to trial. The court issued a consent decree order in November 2004 dismissing all the pending issues in the case.

The consent decree contains an anti-discrimination provision, an equal opportunity provisions (which stipulates that DLI will actively recruit Native Americans), an anti-retaliation provision that applies to all of the complainants, a required two intensive two hour training sessions addressing equal opportunity rights and responsibilities for management and supervisory positions, a required two one-hour training sessions for non-management, non-supervisory employees of DLI, and a requirement that DLI implement and publish to all employees a policy and procedure for addressing national origin harassment and retaliation. For the duration of the consent decree (approximately two years) DLI is required to provide a bi-annual written report to the EEOC of any complaints of retaliation and/or harassment. In addition, DLI is required to pay the complainants $200,000 in total.

Lionel Joiner - 05/30/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Content of Injunction
Develop anti-discrimination policy
Discrimination Prohibition
Implement complaint/dispute resolution process
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
National origin discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
Private Party intervened in EEOC suit
General
Disparate Treatment
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Private Plaintiff
Race
American Indian/Alaskan Native
Causes of Action State Anti-Discrimination Law
Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
Defendant(s) Dieletric Laboratories, 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)
5:02-cv-01242-NAM-GJD (N.D.N.Y.) 12/06/2004
EE-NY-0038-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Consent Decree 11/17/2004
EE-NY-0038-0001 PDF | Detail
Office of General Counsel FY 2005 Annual Report 04/13/2006
EE-NY-0038-0002 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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