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Case Name EEOC v. Rio Bravo International, Inc. EE-FL-0100
Docket / Court 8:99-cv-01371-EAK-MAP ( M.D. Fla. )
State/Territory Florida
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
In June 1999, the Tampa Area Office and Miami District Office of the EEOC filed this lawsuit against Rio Bravo International, Inc., Innovative Restaurant Concepts, Inc., and Applebee's International (doing business as Rio Bravo Cantina) in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida ... read more >
In June 1999, the Tampa Area Office and Miami District Office of the EEOC filed this lawsuit against Rio Bravo International, Inc., Innovative Restaurant Concepts, Inc., and Applebee's International (doing business as Rio Bravo Cantina) in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida alleging discrimination on the basis of sex, female, in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Specifically, the complaint alleged that the defendants maintained a hostile work environment, and retaliated against one complaining party by requiring them by subjecting them to adverse employment conditions and later forcible resignation. Mr. Robert Evans and Chevys, Inc. were later impled as third party defendants.

Following discovery and a jury trial, the jury found in favor of the EEOC and awarded the complainants $1,550,000. However, the amount was reduced to comply with the $300,000 statutory caps. Therefore, the actual amount of damages awarded is unknown.

David Friedman - 04/02/2008


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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
Other Conditions of Employment (including assignment, transfer, hours, working conditions, etc)
Discrimination-basis
Sex discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
Private Party intervened in EEOC suit
General
Disparate Treatment
Retaliation
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action State Anti-Discrimination Law
Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
Defendant(s) Applebee's International
Chevys, Inc.
Innovative Restaurant Concepts, Inc.
Rio Bravo International, Inc.
Robert Evans (individual)
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
Source of Relief Litigation
Form of Settlement None on record
Order Duration not on record
Case Closing Year 2005
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)
8:99-cv-01371-EAK-MAP (M.D. Fla.) 08/29/2006
EE-FL-0100-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 06/11/1999
EE-FL-0100-0001 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order [re: Motion to Compel] 07/21/2000 (M.D. Fla.)
EE-FL-0100-0002 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order [re: Motion to Compel] 10/31/2000 (M.D. Fla.)
EE-FL-0100-0003 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order [re: Motion to Compel] 12/13/2000 (M.D. Fla.)
EE-FL-0100-0004 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order [re: Motion to Compel] 12/13/2000 (M.D. Fla.)
EE-FL-0100-0005 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order [re: Motion to Compel] 12/13/2000 (M.D. Fla.)
EE-FL-0100-0006 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order [re: Motion to Compel] 02/21/2001 (M.D. Fla.)
EE-FL-0100-0007 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order [re: Motion to Compel] 04/06/2001 (M.D. Fla.)
EE-FL-0100-0008 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order [re: Motion to Compel] 07/11/2001 (M.D. Fla.)
EE-FL-0100-0009 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Third Party Complaint Against Robert Evans 03/18/2002
EE-FL-0100-0010 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
[Amended] Complaint 03/18/2002
EE-FL-0100-0011 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order [re: Motion for Partial Summary Judgment] 03/21/2002 (M.D. Fla.)
EE-FL-0100-0012 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Third Party Complaint Against Robert Evans 04/09/2002
EE-FL-0100-0014 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Amended Complaint 04/16/2002
EE-FL-0100-0015 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order [re: Motion for Summary Judgment] 09/09/2002 (M.D. Fla.)
EE-FL-0100-0016 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Second Amended Complaint 09/23/2002
EE-FL-0100-0017 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order [re: Motion to Compel] 01/09/2003 (M.D. Fla.)
EE-FL-0100-0018 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order [re: Motion for Judgment] 03/19/2003 (M.D. Fla.)
EE-FL-0100-0019 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order [re: Motion to Compel] 04/15/2003 (M.D. Fla.)
EE-FL-0100-0020 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order [re: Motion for Summary Judgment] 05/07/2003 (M.D. Fla.)
EE-FL-0100-0021 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order [re: Motion for Summary Judgment] 05/12/2003 (M.D. Fla.)
EE-FL-0100-0022 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order [re: Motion for Summary Judgment] 05/14/2003 (M.D. Fla.)
EE-FL-0100-0023 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order [re: Motion for Judgment as a matter of law] 06/18/2003 (M.D. Fla.)
EE-FL-0100-0024 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order [re: Motion for Judgment as a matter of law] 06/18/2003 (M.D. Fla.)
EE-FL-0100-0025 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Verdict Form 06/20/2003 (M.D. Fla.)
EE-FL-0100-0027 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
EEOC Press Release: "EEOC Wins $1.55 Million Dollar Jury Verdict in Sexual Harassment Suit Against Florida Restaurant" 06/23/2003
EE-FL-0100-0029 PDF | Detail
EEOC's FY 2003 Office of General Counsel Annual Report [Excerpt] 01/05/2005
EE-FL-0100-0030 PDF | Detail
Order [re: Post-Trial Motion for Judgment as a matter of law] 03/02/2005 (M.D. Fla.)
EE-FL-0100-0026 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Stipulation of Dismissal with Prejudice of all Claims Against Chevy's, Inc. 03/23/2005 (M.D. Fla.)
EE-FL-0100-0028 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
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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