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Case Name EEOC v. U.S. Pipeline, Inc. EE-NC-0118
Docket / Court 1:03-cv-00838-WLO ( M.D. N.C. )
State/Territory North Carolina
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
In September 2003 the Charlotte and Washington, D.C. offices of the EEOC brought this suit against U.S. Pipeline, Inc. and Laborers Local Union 980 of Laborers International Union of North America in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina. The EEOC alleged on behalf of ... read more >
In September 2003 the Charlotte and Washington, D.C. offices of the EEOC brought this suit against U.S. Pipeline, Inc. and Laborers Local Union 980 of Laborers International Union of North America in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina. The EEOC alleged on behalf of eleven Hispanic individuals that the defendants failed to hire them for jobs on a gas pipeline because of their national origin. A consent decree was filed later that same month. In the two-year consent decree, the defendants were required to institute an anti-discrimination policy and provide annual EEO training for its managerial employees. The EEOC was allowed to inspect any of the defendants' premises to review its compliance with the decree, and the defendants were required to submit semi-annual reports to the EEOC. Additionally, each of the eleven complainants was awarded $7,850.00.

Kevin Wilemon - 10/26/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Content of Injunction
Develop anti-discrimination policy
Discrimination Prohibition
Monitoring
Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law
Provide antidiscrimination training
Reporting
Retaliation Prohibition
Discrimination-area
Hiring
Discrimination-basis
National origin discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
General
Disparate Treatment
National Origin/Ethnicity
Indian
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
Defendant(s) Laborers Local Union 980 of Laborers International Union of North America
U.S. Pipeline, 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 2003 - 2005
Case Closing Year 2003
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)
1:03-cv-00838-WLO (M.D. N.C.) 09/17/2003
EE-NC-0118-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 09/04/2003
EE-NC-0118-0001 PDF | Detail
Consent Decree 09/16/2003
EE-NC-0118-0002 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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