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Case Name EEOC v. ZENITH INSURANCE COMPANY EE-CA-0232
Docket / Court 2:05-cv-07134-PA-E ( C.D. Cal. )
State/Territory California
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
IWPR/Wage Project Consent Decree Study
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
EEOC's Los Angeles, CA office filed this Title VII lawsuit against the defendant, Zenith Insurance Co., a property insurer that conducts business throughout the U.S.. The suit was filed in the United States District Court for the Central District of California (Los Angeles) on 09/30/2005. EEOC ... read more >
EEOC's Los Angeles, CA office filed this Title VII lawsuit against the defendant, Zenith Insurance Co., a property insurer that conducts business throughout the U.S.. The suit was filed in the United States District Court for the Central District of California (Los Angeles) on 09/30/2005. EEOC alleged that the defendant failed to hire charging party and other black applicants into mailroom positions at its Woodland Hills, California office because of their race. Defendant advertised for a mailroom clerk in September 2001, listing 6 months of mailroom experience as the minimum requirement. Charging party, who had the requisite experience and a degree in graphic arts, applied and was rejected. Defendant readvertised the position in November 2001 and hired a white applicant with no mailroom experience. Defendant rejected a number of other qualified black applicants for mailroom positions, while hiring white candidates. The parties settled three months into the lawsuit and the court entered a consent decree on 01/13/2006.

The parties resolved the case through a 3-year consent decree providing $180,000 in compensatory damages to be distributed to charging party and other claimants at EEOC's discretion. The decree requires defendant to make good faith efforts to obtain a hiring rate of at least 18.3% African Americans in clerical positions at the Woodland Hills facility for each year of the decree. Defendant will report semiannually on its recruitment and hiring efforts, and annually on applicants and hires, by race, for the preceding 6-month period.

Justin Kanter - 07/04/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Content of Injunction
Auditing
Comply with advertising/recruiting requirements
Develop anti-discrimination policy
Discrimination Prohibition
Follow recruitment, hiring, or promotion protocols
Goals and Timekeeping
Implement complaint/dispute resolution process
Other requirements regarding hiring, promotion, retention
Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law
Provide antidiscrimination training
Recordkeeping
Reporting
Retaliation Prohibition
Utilize objective hiring/promotion criteria
Utilize objective job description
Discrimination-area
Hiring
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) Zenith Insurance Company
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 - 2009
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)
2:05-cv-07134-PA-E (C.D. Cal.) 01/13/2006
EE-CA-0232-9000 PDF | Detail
General Documents
Consent Decree; Order 01/13/2006
EE-CA-0232-0001 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
EEOC Litigation Settlement Report 01/24/2006
EE-CA-0232-0002 PDF | Detail
Document Source: EEOC.gov
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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