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Case Name EEOC v. Rpm Auto Sales EE-MI-0139
Docket / Court 02-72357 ( E.D. Mich. )
State/Territory Michigan
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
In June 2002, the Detroit District Office of the EEOC brought this suit against RPM Auto Sales, Inc. in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan alleging discrimination on the basis of sex in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Specifically, the compliant ... read more >
In June 2002, the Detroit District Office of the EEOC brought this suit against RPM Auto Sales, Inc. in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan alleging discrimination on the basis of sex in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Specifically, the compliant alleged that the defendant subjected the two charging parties, female employees, to a sexually hostile work environment consisting of unwelcome sexual comments, innuendos, jokes, and touching, resulting in the constructive discharge of the charging parties.

In July 2002, the charging parties intervened in the suit. After some scheduling orders and discovery, the case was tried by a jury in December 2003 with the jury returning a verdict in favor of the plaintiffs. The court entered judgment for the plaintiffs in mid-December 2003. Thereafter, the defendant filed a couple motions for judgment notwithstanding the verdict, but both of these motions were denied. The jury verdict required the defendant to pay $137,000 to be divided between the two charging parties.

Michele Marxkors - 07/06/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Discrimination-area
Discharge / Constructive Discharge / Layoff
Harassment / Hostile Work Environment
Discrimination-basis
Sex discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
Private Party intervened in EEOC suit
General
Disparate Treatment
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
State Anti-Discrimination Law
Defendant(s) RPM Auto Sales, 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
Source of Relief Litigation
Form of Settlement None on record
Order Duration not on record
Case Closing Year 2003
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)
2:02-cv-72357-BAF (E.D. Mich.) 05/13/2004
EE-MI-0139-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Judgment on Jury Verdict 12/15/2000 (E.D. Mich.)
EE-MI-0139-0004 PDF | Detail
Complaint 06/10/2002
EE-MI-0139-0001 PDF | Detail
First Amended Complaint and Jury Demand 07/17/2002
EE-MI-0139-0002 PDF | Detail
Complaint and Jury Demand [Second Amended] 07/30/2002
EE-MI-0139-0003 PDF | Detail
Order Granting Plaintiff's Motion to Show Cause 04/23/2004 (E.D. Mich.)
EE-MI-0139-0005 PDF | Detail
Office of General Counsel FY 2004 Annual Report - Summary of Accomplishments 10/18/2005
EE-MI-0139-0006 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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