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Case Name EEOC v. A E SWEENEY MASONRY, INC. EE-MD-0001
Docket / Court 1:05-CV-02577-RDB ( D. Md. )
State/Territory Maryland
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
IWPR/Wage Project Consent Decree Study
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
The Baltimore District Office of the EEOC brought this action in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland, against A.E. Sweeney Masonry, Inc. The complaint, filed in September 2005, alleged race discrimination in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Specifically, the ... read more >
The Baltimore District Office of the EEOC brought this action in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland, against A.E. Sweeney Masonry, Inc. The complaint, filed in September 2005, alleged race discrimination in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Specifically, the complaint alleged that Defendant subjected the charging parties to harassment, gave them more difficult job assignments, transferred them involuntarily because of their race, African American, and also discharged them in retaliation for engaging in conduct protected under Title VII. In March 2006 a consent decree was entered through the Philadelphia District Office.

The decree, valid for four years, required Defendant to pay the two charging parties, $30,000 each in compensatory damages, provide them with neutral employment reference, expunge their employment records and offer to reinstate their jobs with retroactive seniority and with all benefits. Defendant was enjoined from discriminating or retaliating in violation of Title VII, and required to adopt and distribute a policy against discrimination and harassment, post an EEO notice at its facility, provide EEO training to its current and future employees, maintain records according to Title VII's record-keeping requirements and report any complaints of harassment/discrimination to the EEOC within seven days of the complaint.

Elizabeth Glassman - 07/27/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Content of Injunction
Develop anti-discrimination policy
Discrimination Prohibition
Expungement of Employment Record
Monitoring
Neutral/Positive Reference
Position Restored
Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law
Provide antidiscrimination training
Recordkeeping
Reinstatement
Reporting
Retaliation Prohibition
Discrimination-area
Discharge / Constructive Discharge / Layoff
Harassment / Hostile Work Environment
Other Conditions of Employment (including assignment, transfer, hours, working conditions, etc)
Discrimination-basis
Race discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
General
Disparate Treatment
Retaliation
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Race
Black
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
Defendant(s) A.E. Sweeney Masonry, Inc
A.E. Sweeney Masonry, 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 2006 - 2010
Case Closing Year 2006
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)
1:05-cv-02577-RDB (D. Md.) 03/31/2006
EE-MD-0001-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 09/25/2005
EE-MD-0001-0001.pdf | Detail
Consent Decree 03/31/2006
EE-MD-0001-0002.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
EEOC Litigation Settlements - March 2006 05/19/2006
EE-MD-0001-0003.pdf | Detail
Judges None on record
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers None on record
Defendant's Lawyers Day, Charles Bernard (Maryland)
EE-MD-0001-9000 | EE-MD-0001-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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