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Case Name EEOC v. LITHIA SUBARU OF OREGON CITY EE-OR-0008
Docket / Court 041361AS ( D. Or. )
State/Territory Oregon
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
In September 2004, the EEOC district office in Seattle, Washington brought this suit against Lithia Subaru of Oregon City, a general automotive dealership, in the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon. Two former employees, one of which was Iranian and a Muslim, and both of whom ... read more >
In September 2004, the EEOC district office in Seattle, Washington brought this suit against Lithia Subaru of Oregon City, a general automotive dealership, in the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon. Two former employees, one of which was Iranian and a Muslim, and both of whom intervened in the case as plaintiffs, alleged that the defendant violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 when it discriminated against the Iranian employee because of his national origin and his religion, and retaliated against the other employee after he repeatedly complained about the discrimination suffered by his co-worker.

The defendant moved to compel arbitration as to the private plaintiffs, but the court denied the motion. The defendant filed an interlocutory appeal of this decision, but the appeal was withdrawn when the parties settled the case.

A consent decree was entered in March 2006. The parties agreed that the defendant would pay the complainants a total of $360,000, refrain from retaliating and discriminating on the basis of national origin and religion, distribute its anti-discrimination policy and complaint procedures, impose substantial employee discipline for future infractions of its policies, provide EEO training to all its employees, expunge the complainants' employee records of all reference to this litigation, issue neutral reference letters, post an EEO notice, and submit semiannual complaint reports to the EEOC.

Jason Chester - 08/02/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Content of Injunction
Develop anti-discrimination policy
Discrimination Prohibition
Expungement of Employment Record
Implement complaint/dispute resolution process
Neutral/Positive Reference
Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law
Provide antidiscrimination training
Recordkeeping
Reporting
Retaliation Prohibition
Discrimination-area
Discharge / Constructive Discharge / Layoff
Discipline
Harassment / Hostile Work Environment
Discrimination-basis
National origin discrimination
Religion discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
Private Party intervened in EEOC suit
General
Disparate Treatment
Retaliation
National Origin/Ethnicity
Arab/Afgani/Middle Eastern
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
State law
Defendant(s) Lithia Subaru Of Oregon City
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)
3:04-cv-01361-AS (D. Or.) 03/17/2006
EE-OR-0008-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 09/24/2004
EE-OR-0008-0001.pdf | Detail
Complaint of Plaintiffs-Intervenors 12/07/2004
EE-OR-0008-0002.pdf | Detail
Order Adopting Magistrate Judge's Findings and Recommendation 08/02/2005 (D. Or.)
EE-OR-0008-0004.pdf | Detail
Consent Decree and Order of Dismissal 02/02/2006
EE-OR-0008-0003.pdf | Detail
EEOC Litigation Settlements - March 2006 05/19/2006
EE-OR-0008-0005.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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