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Case Name EEOC v. FEDERAL EXPRESS EE-NC-0035
Docket / Court 5:98CV-483-BO(2) ( E.D.N.C. )
State/Territory North Carolina
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
EEOC's Charlotte, NC office filed this Title VII sexual harassment lawsuit against the defendant Federal Express Corp. at the United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina (Western Division) on 06/19/1998. The individual complainant, a female employee at FedEx's Raleigh, ... read more >
EEOC's Charlotte, NC office filed this Title VII sexual harassment lawsuit against the defendant Federal Express Corp. at the United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina (Western Division) on 06/19/1998. The individual complainant, a female employee at FedEx's Raleigh, NC sorting facility, intervened in the lawsuit. The individual complainant alleged that she was subject to sexually hostile work environment. The complainant also alleged the state law claims of negligence and negligent infliction of emotional distress. She requested altogether $ 1 million in pecuniary, non-pecuniary and punitive damages combined. There is no access to EEOC's complaint.

The defendant filed a motion for summary judgment on 07/02/1999. District Judge Terrence W. Boyle denied the motion on 03/09/2000 but set aside the decision on 10/30/2000. A hearing on the summary judgment motion was held later without a decision. On the second day of the jury trial 08/14/2001, EEOC and the defendant orally filed a consent motion for a directed verdict, based on which Judge Terrence dismissed the case. However, EEOC later appealed the decision and the defendant cross-appealed. The appeal was dismissed by the Court of Appeals on 12/21/2001.

Justin Kanter - 08/12/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Discrimination-area
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 law
Defendant(s) Federal Express Corp.
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 Defendant
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief None
Source of Relief None
Form of Settlement None on record
Order Duration not on record
Case Closing Year 2001
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)
5:98-cv-00483-BO (E.D.N.C.) 12/13/2002
EE-NC-0035-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint [Intervenor] 10/02/1998
EE-NC-0035-0001.pdf | Detail
Order [re: summary judgment] 03/09/2000 (E.D.N.C.)
EE-NC-0035-0002.pdf | Detail
Judgment in a Civil Case 09/10/2001 (E.D.N.C.)
EE-NC-0035-0003.pdf | Detail
Order [re: motion to dismiss] 02/04/2002
EE-NC-0035-0004.pdf | Detail
Judgment in a Civil Case 02/06/2002 (E.D.N.C.)
EE-NC-0035-0005.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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