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Case Name EEOC v. Associated Security Enforcement, Inc. EE-FL-0017
Docket / Court 4:04-cv-00391-SPM-AK ( N.D. Fla. )
State/Territory Florida
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
In September 2004, the Miami District Office of the EEOC brought this suit against Associated Security Enforcement, Inc. in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida alleging discrimination on the basis of sex in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. ... read more >
In September 2004, the Miami District Office of the EEOC brought this suit against Associated Security Enforcement, Inc. in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida alleging discrimination on the basis of sex in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Specifically, the complaint alleged that the defendant subjected the charging parties, female employees, to a sexually hostile work environment consisting of unwelcome sexual comments and requests for sex. In addition, the defendant retaliated against one of the charging parties by demoting her and eventually terminating her employment as a result of her rejections of his sexual advances and/or her complaints of the harassment. Three charging parties intervened in the suit in March 2005.

After several discovery disputes and scheduling orders, the court issued an order in February 2006 stating that the defendant had defaulted as to liability and a jury trial on damages was scheduled for March 2006. The jury trial was held in early March, and the jury rendered a verdict in favor of the plaintiffs, awarding damages of $1,337,164.78. The court also ordered equitable relief, including annual training sessions; development and implementation of an anti-harassment policy; posting of notice; writing letters of apology to the complainants; giving positive references to the complainants; and expunging the complainants' employment records.

Kevin Wilemon - 07/03/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Content of Injunction
Apology
Develop anti-discrimination policy
Discrimination Prohibition
Expungement of Employment Record
Neutral/Positive Reference
Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law
Provide antidiscrimination training
Reporting
Retaliation Prohibition
Discrimination-area
Demotion
Discharge / Constructive Discharge / Layoff
Harassment / Hostile Work Environment
Discrimination-basis
Sex discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
Private Party intervened in EEOC suit
General
Disparate Treatment
Pattern or Practice
Retaliation
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action State Anti-Discrimination Law
State law
Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
Defendant(s) Associated Security Enforcement, 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 Litigation
Form of Settlement None on record
Order Duration 2006 - 2010
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)
4:04-cv-00391-SPM-AK (N.D. Fla.) 04/10/2007
EE-FL-0017-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 09/28/2004
EE-FL-0017-0001 PDF | Detail
Intervenor Complaint 03/08/2005
EE-FL-0017-0002 PDF | Detail
Order [Denying Motion to Compel] 07/18/2005 (N.D. Fla.)
EE-FL-0017-0003 PDF | Detail
Order [Granting Motion to Compel and Protective Order] 10/14/2005 (N.D. Fla.)
EE-FL-0017-0004 PDF | Detail
Verdict 03/08/2006
EE-FL-0017-0005 PDF | Detail
EEOC Press Release 03/10/2006
EE-FL-0017-0006 PDF | Detail
Judgment for Equitable Relief 02/05/2007 (N.D. Fla.)
EE-FL-0017-0007 PDF | Detail
Document Source: District Court
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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