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Case Name EEOC v. Optical Cable Corporation EE-VA-0081
Docket / Court 7:00-cv-00757-jlk ( W.D. Va. )
State/Territory Virginia
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
The EEOC Baltimore office filed this class action suit on September 27, 2000 in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia . The EEOC alleged that defendant Optical Cable Corp. violated Title VII by firing and failing to hire African-Americans, and by limiting female employees to ... read more >
The EEOC Baltimore office filed this class action suit on September 27, 2000 in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia . The EEOC alleged that defendant Optical Cable Corp. violated Title VII by firing and failing to hire African-Americans, and by limiting female employees to lesser-paying positions.

After two unsuccessful motions to dismiss by the defendant (see EEOC v. Optical Cable Corp., 169 F.Supp.2d 539 (W.D.Va. 2001)), the case was settled in February 2002. The defendant agreed to pay $1 million for distribution to qualifying class members and to make efforts to recruit female and African-American employees. The consent decree additionally required defendants to post non-discrimination notices, expunge employment records, provide training for all employees, especially management, and hire an equal proportion of African-American employees having the requisite skills for positions in the company.

Jennifer Solomon - 03/07/2008


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Content of Injunction
Comply with advertising/recruiting requirements
Discrimination Prohibition
Expungement of Employment Record
Follow recruitment, hiring, or promotion protocols
Goals and Timekeeping
Monitoring
Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law
Provide antidiscrimination training
Recordkeeping
Reporting
Retaliation Prohibition
Discrimination-area
Discharge / Constructive Discharge / Layoff
Hiring
Other Conditions of Employment (including assignment, transfer, hours, working conditions, etc)
Training
Discrimination-basis
Race discrimination
Sex discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
General
Disparate Treatment
Pattern or Practice
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Race
Black
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
Defendant(s) Optical Cable Corporation
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 2002 - 2005
Case Closing Year 2002
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)
7:00-cv-00757-jlk (W.D. Va.) 05/20/2003
EE-VA-0081-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Memorandum Opinion [Denying Second Motion to Dismiss] 08/02/2001 (169 F.Supp.2d 539) (W.D. Va.)
EE-VA-0081-0003 PDF | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Google Scholar
Consent Decree in Full 02/20/2002
EE-VA-0081-0002 PDF | Detail
Document Source: District Court
EEOC Settles Race and Sex Bias Suit for $1 Million Against Optical Cable Corp. 02/21/2002
EE-VA-0081-0001 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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