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Case Name EEOC v. Spectrum Health Worth Home Care EE-MI-0154
Docket / Court 1:05cv0446 ( W.D. Mich. )
State/Territory Michigan
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
IWPR/Wage Project Consent Decree Study
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
In June of 2005, the Detroit District Office of the EEOC filed suit in United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan against Spectrum Health Worth Home Care, a provider of in-home health care. The suit alleged that two female African-American employees were sexually and racially ... read more >
In June of 2005, the Detroit District Office of the EEOC filed suit in United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan against Spectrum Health Worth Home Care, a provider of in-home health care. The suit alleged that two female African-American employees were sexually and racially harassed, and sexually assaulted, by a patient they were assigned to care for. According to the EEOC, their employer violated Title VII when it failed to remedy or take steps to prevent this harassment.

Shortly after the case was filed, the two employees intervened as plaintiffs. The defendant moved for summary judgment as to the EEOC's claims, on the grounds that the EEOC had failed to make a good-faith effort to conciliate before filing suit. The court disagreed, and the motion was denied. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. Spectrum Health Worth Home Care, Inc., No. 05-446, 2006 WL 519779 (W.D. Mich. Mar. 2, 2006).

The EEOC's suit was resolved in October of 2006 by a consent judgment which required the defendant to conduct anti-discrimination training of its employees and to report any future incidents of harassment or discrimination to the EEOC.

The consent decree did not resolve the private suit. After a series of discovery disputes, the defendant and the intervening plaintiffs eventually agreed on a settlement in June of 2007. The terms of this settlement were not disclosed.

Jason Chester - 05/21/2008


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Content of Injunction
Discrimination Prohibition
Monitoring
Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law
Provide antidiscrimination training
Reporting
Retaliation Prohibition
Discrimination-area
Discharge / Constructive Discharge / Layoff
Harassment / Hostile Work Environment
Discrimination-basis
Race discrimination
Sex discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
Private Party intervened in EEOC suit
General
Disparate Treatment
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Private Plaintiff
Race
Black
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. § 2000e
State law
State Anti-Discrimination Law
42 U.S.C. § 1981
Defendant(s) Spectrum Health Worth Home Care, Inc.
Spectrum Health Worth Home Care, 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 None on record
Form of Settlement None on record
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)
1:05-cv-00446-JZ (W.D. Mich.) 07/16/2007
EE-MI-0154-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 06/28/2005
EE-MI-0154-0001.pdf | Detail
Complaint in Intervention and Jury Demand 09/08/2005
EE-MI-0154-0004.pdf | Detail
Opinion 03/02/2006 (2006 WL 519779) (W.D. Mich.)
EE-MI-0154-0009.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Order 03/02/2006 (W.D. Mich.)
EE-MI-0154-0010.pdf | Detail
Consent Decree 10/23/2006
EE-MI-0154-0011.pdf | Detail
Order Granting Motion to Compel 11/28/2006 (W.D. Mich.)
EE-MI-0154-0012.pdf | Detail
Order 12/18/2006 (W.D. Mich.)
EE-MI-0154-0013.pdf | Detail
Memorandum Order 06/11/2007 (2007 WL 1701836) (W.D. Mich.)
EE-MI-0154-0018.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
[Dismissal] Order 07/16/2007 (W.D. Mich.)
EE-MI-0154-0019.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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