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Case Name EEOC v. Trendwest Resorts, Inc. EE-WA-0098
Docket / Court 2:04-cv-00503-RSL ( W.D. Wash. )
State/Territory Washington
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
IWPR/Wage Project Consent Decree Study
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
In March 2004, the Seattle office of the EEOC brought this Title VII suit against Trendwest Resorts, Inc. in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington. The complaint alleged that the defendant, a timeshare resort company, discriminated against the claimant, and others ... read more >
In March 2004, the Seattle office of the EEOC brought this Title VII suit against Trendwest Resorts, Inc. in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington. The complaint alleged that the defendant, a timeshare resort company, discriminated against the claimant, and others similarly situated, by altering the terms and conditions of employment for female employees by depriving them of employment opportunities, such as promotions. The case settled by consent decree in June 2004.

The two year consent decree requireD the defendant to retain an outside consultant, refrain from discrimination and retaliation, pay $475,000 into a settlement pool for potential class members, strengthen its anti-discrimination policy, create and strengthen its internal complaint/dispute resolution procedure, expunge claimants' records, provide neutral references for claimants, create a policy designed to promote supervisor accountability, provide anti-discrimination training for all employees, give the EEOC semi annual reports of complaints of sex discrimination, and post notice.

Kevin Wilemon - 08/02/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Content of Injunction
Auditing
Discrimination Prohibition
Expungement of Employment Record
Implement complaint/dispute resolution process
Monitoring
Neutral/Positive Reference
Other requirements regarding hiring, promotion, retention
Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law
Provide antidiscrimination training
Reporting
Retaliation Prohibition
Discrimination-area
Other Conditions of Employment (including assignment, transfer, hours, working conditions, etc)
Promotion
Discrimination-basis
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) Trendwest Reorts, 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)
2:04-CV-00503-RSL (W.D. Wash.) 07/04/2006
EE-WA-0098-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 03/05/2004
EE-WA-0098-0001.pdf | Detail
Consent Decree and Order of Dismissal 06/01/2004
EE-WA-0098-0002.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
EEOC Litigation Settlement Report - June 2004 06/01/2004
EE-WA-0098-0003.pdf | Detail
"Trendwest Resorts, Inc. to Pay $475,000 for Sex Discrimination in Promotion of Women" 06/25/2004
EE-WA-0098-0004.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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