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Case Name EEOC v. LA WEIGHT LOSS EE-MD-0067
Docket / Court 1:02-cv-00648-WDQ ( D. Md. )
State/Territory Maryland
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
In February 2002, the EEOC's Baltimore District Office filed suit in U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland against LA Weight Loss, a company which at the time operated over 400 "weight loss centers" nationwide. The complaint alleged a "pattern or practice" of failing to hire men, in ... read more >
In February 2002, the EEOC's Baltimore District Office filed suit in U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland against LA Weight Loss, a company which at the time operated over 400 "weight loss centers" nationwide. The complaint alleged a "pattern or practice" of failing to hire men, in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. The EEOC also alleged that LA Weight Loss fired a female employee in retaliation when she complained about the company's hiring practices.

Shortly after the suit was filed, the discharged female employee intervened as a plaintiff. In November of 2005, she and the defendant came to terms on a settlement. The EEOC's case continued on, despite repeated settlement conferences before Magistrate Judge Paul W. Grimm. In 2007, the parties both moved for summary judgment; the defendant's motion was denied, and the EEOC's motion was granted in part and denied in part.

In January of 2008, LA Weight Loss filed a Chapter 7 petition for bankruptcy. On March 19, 2008, the bankruptcy trustee filed a motion to stay the proceedings for six months. As of April 22, 2008, the motion was still pending, and the case still ongoing.

Jason Chester - 05/28/2008


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Male
Discrimination-area
Discharge / Constructive Discharge / Layoff
Hiring
Discrimination-basis
Sex discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
No EEOC Final Resolution Type
Private Party intervened in EEOC suit
General
Disparate Treatment
Pattern or Practice
Retaliation
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
Defendant(s) LA Weight Loss
LA Weight Loss
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 None Yet / None
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief None yet
Source of Relief None yet
Form of Settlement None on record
Order Duration not on record
Case Closing Year n/a
Case Ongoing Yes
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)
1:02-cv-00648-WDQ (D. Md.) 04/21/2008
EE-MD-0067-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Amended Complaint 03/24/2004
EE-MD-0067-0001 PDF | Detail
Letter Order [Regarding Plaintiff's Motion to Compel] 04/06/2004 (D. Md.)
EE-MD-0067-0002 PDF | Detail
Stipulation and Order of Dismissal 12/29/2005 (D. Md.)
EE-MD-0067-0004 PDF | Detail
Letter Order [Regarding Defendant's Motion to Compel] 03/30/2006 (D. Md.)
EE-MD-0067-0003 PDF | Detail
Order [Administratively Closing Case] 01/15/2008 (D. Md.)
EE-MD-0067-0005 PDF | Detail
Order [granting Plaintiff EEOC's Motion to Re-Open Case] 02/06/2008 (D. Md.)
EE-MD-0067-0006 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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