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Case Name EEOC v. RG's Food Shops of Pennsylvania, Inc. EE-MD-0099
Docket / Court 1:04-cv-03038-WMN ( D. Md. )
State/Territory Maryland
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
In September 2002, the Baltimore District Office of the EEOC filed this suit against RG's Food Shops of Pennsylvania, Inc. and Bedford Valley Petroleum Corporation in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland, alleging discrimination and retaliation on the basis of sex in violation of ... read more >
In September 2002, the Baltimore District Office of the EEOC filed this suit against RG's Food Shops of Pennsylvania, Inc. and Bedford Valley Petroleum Corporation in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland, alleging discrimination and retaliation on the basis of sex in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Specifically, the complaint alleged the defendant subjected the three charging parties, female employees, to a sexually hostile work environment, and reducing the work hours of and eventually discharging one of the complainants in retaliation for engaging in protected conduct. One charging party intervened in the suit in January 2005. Following some discovery and mediation, the parties settled the dispute in December 2005 through a consent decree.

The three-year decree, containing a non-discrimination and non-retaliation clause, required the defendant to: expunge complainants' employment records and provide them with neutral references, post and distribute notice of employee rights, provide EEO training, implement a complaint/dispute resolution process, send certain compliance documents to the EEOC, admit the EEOC to enter for monitoring purposes at the EEOC's discretion, and pay $105,000 to be distributed among three individuals and pending class members.

David Friedman - 10/10/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Content of Injunction
Discrimination Prohibition
Expungement of Employment Record
Implement complaint/dispute resolution process
Monitoring
Neutral/Positive Reference
Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law
Provide antidiscrimination training
Recordkeeping
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
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
Defendant(s) Bedford Valley Petroleum Corporation
RG's Food Shops of Pennsylvania, Inc.
Plaintiff Description Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, on behalf of one or more workers.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations EEOC
Class action status sought None on record
Class action status granted None on record
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 2005 - 2008
Case Closing Year 2005
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)
1:04-cv-03038-WMN (D. Md.) 12/14/2005
EE-MD-0099-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 09/22/2004
EE-MD-0099-0001 PDF | Detail
Complaint of [Intervenor] 01/27/2005
EE-MD-0099-0002 PDF | Detail
Consent Decree 12/13/2005
EE-MD-0099-0003 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
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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