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Case Name EEOC v. AUGUSTA FIBERGLASS COATINGS, INC. EE-SC-0004
Docket / Court 3:00-cv-01255-TLW ( D.S.C. )
State/Territory South Carolina
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
In April 2000, the EEOC district office in Charlotte, North Carolina brought this suit against Augusta Fiberglass Coatings, Inc. in the U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina, on behalf of a class of individuals who were allegedly subject to racial discrimination in violation of the ... read more >
In April 2000, the EEOC district office in Charlotte, North Carolina brought this suit against Augusta Fiberglass Coatings, Inc. in the U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina, on behalf of a class of individuals who were allegedly subject to racial discrimination in violation of the Civil Rights Act. The EEOC alleged that the defendant subjected black employees to racial slurs, insults, violent attacks, and threats.

After extensive discovery and while two defense motions for summary judgment were pending, the parties opted to settle the case. An initial consent decree was entered in February 2002, but the court held off on final approval of the consent decree to give potential class members notice of the settlement and a chance to give their input as to the EEOC's proposed distribution of the monetary relief. Of the 330 people so notified, five objected. For varying reasons the court rejected all of their objections, and in December 2002 signed off on the EEOC's distribution and gave final approval of the consent decree.

In the consent decree, the parties agreed that the defendant would refrain from retaliating and discriminating based on race, pay a class of black employees a total of $200,000, develop an anti-discrimination policy, develop a complaint procedure, post and distribute its anti-discrimination policy, provide EEO training to ALL staff, and make annual reports to the EEOC.

Jason Chester - 07/27/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Content of Injunction
Develop anti-discrimination policy
Discrimination Prohibition
Implement complaint/dispute resolution process
Monitoring
Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law
Provide antidiscrimination training
Recordkeeping
Reporting
Retaliation Prohibition
Discrimination-area
Harassment / Hostile Work Environment
Other Conditions of Employment (including assignment, transfer, hours, working conditions, etc)
Discrimination-basis
Race discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
General
Disparate Treatment
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Race
Black
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
Defendant(s) Augusta Fiberglass Coatings, Inc.
James W. Boyd
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 2002 - 2007
Case Closing Year 2002
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)
3:00-cv-01255-TLW (D.S.C.) 12/18/2002
EE-SC-0004-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
EEOC Press Release: "EEOC Files Race Discrimination Suit Against Augusta Fiberglass" 04/25/2000
EE-SC-0004-0006.pdf | Detail
Order 09/01/2000 (D.S.C.)
EE-SC-0004-0001.pdf | Detail
Order [Regarding Plaintiff's Motion to Compel] 09/18/2001 (D.S.C.)
EE-SC-0004-0002.pdf | Detail
Order [Regarding Defendant Boyd's Motion for Protective Order] 09/24/2001 (D.S.C.)
EE-SC-0004-0003.pdf | Detail
Consent Decree 02/26/2002
EE-SC-0004-0005.pdf | Detail
Final Order Approving Consent Decree [and Final Distribution List] 12/18/2002 (D.S.C.)
EE-SC-0004-0004.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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