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Case Name EEOC v. HARBERT-YEARGIN INC. EE-TN-0052
Docket / Court 1-97-1112 ( W.D. Tenn. )
State/Territory Tennessee
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
In May 1997 the Memphis Office of the EEOC filed this lawsuit against Harbert-Yeargin Inc. in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee. We do not have a copy of the complaint; therefore, the exact allegations involved are unknown. However it appears from the Annual Report ... read more >
In May 1997 the Memphis Office of the EEOC filed this lawsuit against Harbert-Yeargin Inc. in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee. We do not have a copy of the complaint; therefore, the exact allegations involved are unknown. However it appears from the Annual Report that the complaint alleged the defendant allowed male employees to be subjected to a sexually hostile work environment in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The complainant intervened in the lawsuit in July 1997. Following discovery and multiple summary judgment motions by the defendant, the case went to jury trial in April 1999, and the jury found in favor of the intervenor plaintiffs that month. Following defendant's motion for judgment as a matter of law in May 1999, the District Court granted the motion with regard to one intervenor and denied it as to the other in December 1999. The EEOC unsuccessfully motioned for injunctive relief that month as well. The defendant appealed the District Court's decision not to grant it judgment as a matter of law regarding the first plaintiff in January 2000 and the EEOC appealed the District Court's denial of injunctive relief in February 2000. The Sixth Circuit reversed the District Court's decision not to grant judgment as a matter of law regarding the first plaintiff and affirmed the District Court's decision not to grant injunctive relief in September 2001.

In October of 2002 an order was issued by the United States District Court in the Western District of Tennessee, cancelling and returning the bond previously issued by the Defendant as payment for compensatory and punitive damages, to the Defendant. It is not clear why this action was taken.

Keri Livingston - 11/14/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Male
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
Defendant(s) Harbert-Yeargin Inc.
Plaintiff Description Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, on behalf of three male employees with another male employee later intervening
Indexed Lawyer Organizations EEOC
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Prevailing Party Mixed
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief Damages
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement None on record
Order Duration not on record
Case Closing Year 1999
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)
1:97-cv-01112-JDT (W.D. Tenn.) 03/10/2004
EE-TN-0052-9000.pdf | Detail
General Documents
Order Denying Defendant's Motion to Dismiss [] 04/21/1999 (W.D. Tenn.)
EE-TN-0052-0005.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order on Jury Verdict 05/03/1999 (W.D. Tenn.)
EE-TN-0052-0001.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order Partially Granting and Partially Denying ... Motion for Partial New Trial 12/16/1999 (W.D. Tenn.)
EE-TN-0052-0002.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order Denying Motion for Injunctive Relief 12/16/1999 (W.D. Tenn.)
EE-TN-0052-0003.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judgment in a Civil Case 12/23/1999 (W.D. Tenn.)
EE-TN-0052-0006.pdf | Detail
Document Source: District Court
Opinion 09/21/2001 (266 F.3d 498)
EE-TN-0052-0008.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Order 10/30/2002 (W.D. Tenn.)
EE-TN-0052-0007.pdf | Detail
Document Source: District Court
FY 2002 Office of General Counsel Annual Report 06/16/2003
EE-TN-0052-0004.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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