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Case Name EEOC v. STEVEN T. COX, INC. d/b/a "COX CABINET COMPANY" EE-TN-0107
Docket / Court 3:99-cv-01184 ( M.D. Tenn. )
State/Territory Tennessee
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
The EEOC's Memphis office filed this suit against Steven T. Cox, once doing business as Cox Cabinet Company, on December 21, 1999 in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee, Nashville Division. Arete MDF, LLC was also joined because it purchased Cox Cabinet Company and all of ... read more >
The EEOC's Memphis office filed this suit against Steven T. Cox, once doing business as Cox Cabinet Company, on December 21, 1999 in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee, Nashville Division. Arete MDF, LLC was also joined because it purchased Cox Cabinet Company and all of its liabilities. The EEOC and the intervening complainant alleged sexual harassment in violation of Title VII. The defendant moved twice for summary judgment, but the motions were denied each time. EEOC, et al v. Steven T. Cox, Inc., et al, No. 3:99-1184, 2001 WL 34384461 (M.D. Tenn. June 28, 2001); EEOC, et al v. Steven T. Cox, Inc., et al, No. 3:99-1184, 2002 WL 32357095 (M.D. Tenn. July 19, 2002).

In 2002, the parties came to terms, and the court approved a consent decree on October 2, 2002. The consent decree is currently unavailable.

Jason Chester - 07/23/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Discrimination-area
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
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
State Anti-Discrimination Law
Defendant(s) Arete MDF, LLC
Steven T. Cox
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 Unknown
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree
Order Duration not on record
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)
3:99-cv-01184 (M.D. Tenn.) 11/12/2002
EE-TN-0107-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Memorandum 06/28/2001 (2001 WL 34384461 / 2001 U.S.Dist.LEXIS 25674) (M.D. Tenn.)
EE-TN-0107-0002 PDF | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Memorandum Order 07/02/2001 (2001 U.S.Dist.LEXIS 25673) (M.D. Tenn.)
EE-TN-0107-0003 PDF | LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: LexisNexis
Memorandum Order 07/19/2002 (2002 WL 32357095 / 2002 U.S.Dist.LEXIS 27160) (M.D. Tenn.)
EE-TN-0107-0001 PDF | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Judges Nixon, John Trice (M.D. Tenn.)
EE-TN-0107-0003
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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