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Case Name EEOC v. CHRIS'S CAFE INC EE-OH-0013
Docket / Court 1:05-cv-00194-PAG ( N.D. Ohio )
State/Territory Ohio
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
In February 2005, the EEOC's Cleveland office filed this suit against Chris's CafÈ, Inc. in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio alleging discrimination based on sex in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The two charging parties in the case were formerly ... read more >
In February 2005, the EEOC's Cleveland office filed this suit against Chris's CafÈ, Inc. in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio alleging discrimination based on sex in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The two charging parties in the case were formerly waitresses at Chris's CafÈ and alleged that they were subjected to a hostile and sexually charged work environment and constructively discharged. The EEOC asked the court for an injunction against the defendant and asked for monetary damages for one charging party. In March 2006 the parties agreed on a consent decree which was subsequently approved by the court. The decree provided for $4,000 to be paid to each complainant as well as an injunction against the defendant prohibiting them from discriminating on the basis of sex and from retaliating. In addition, the defendant agreed to institute equal employment opportunity training programs, post information regarding equal employment laws, and certify to the EEOC that it was complying with all provisions of the consent decree.

Tony Friedman - 07/08/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Content of Injunction
Develop anti-discrimination policy
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
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. § 2000e
Defendant(s) Chris's Cafe, 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 - 2008
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-00194-PAG (N.D. Ohio) 03/31/2006
EE-OH-0013-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 02/04/2005
EE-OH-0013-0001.pdf | Detail
Consent Decree 03/31/2006
EE-OH-0013-0002.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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