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Case Name EEOC v. WORTHINGTON, MOORE, & JACOBS EE-MD-0128
Docket / Court 1:04-CV-3127 ( D. Md. )
State/Territory Maryland
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Relman, Dane & Colfax
Case Summary
In September 2004, the EEOC's Baltimore Office filed suit against Worthington, Moore, & Jacobs, a collection agency operating out of Ellicott City, Maryland. The complaint, filed in U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland and brought under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, alleged that ... read more >
In September 2004, the EEOC's Baltimore Office filed suit against Worthington, Moore, & Jacobs, a collection agency operating out of Ellicott City, Maryland. The complaint, filed in U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland and brought under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, alleged that the company president sexually harassed a number of female employees, and that the company retaliated against those who complained.

On February 19, 2009, the court (Everett Legg), due to the defendant's abandonment of the pretrial process and the withdrawal of its counsel, entered a default against the defendant. On April 29, 2009, the court found that the defendant violated Section 703 (a) of Title VII, 42 U.S.C. §2000 by discriminating against the plaintiffs on the basis of gender by subjecting them to sexual harassment. The court also found that the defendant violated Section 704 (a) of Title VII by retaliating against the plaintiffs for their complaints about sexual harassment by subjecting them to retaliatory harassment and adverse employment actions, and by terminating their employment or effectuating a constructive discharge by deliberately creating intolerable working conditions.

On August 5, 2009, the court ordered that the defendant pay 1) claimant 1 back pay of $75,256.00 and compensatory and punitive damages of $50,000.00, 2) claimant 2 back pay of $21,966.00 and compensatory and punitive damages of $50,000, 3) claimant 3 compensatory and punitive damages of $50,000.00, 4) claimant 4 back pay of $17,734.00 and compensatory and punitive damages of $50,000.00, 5) claimant 5 back pay of $75,042.00 and compensatory and punitive damages of $50,000.00, 6) claimant 6 back pay of $114,737.00 and compensatory and punitive damages of $50,000, 7) claimant 7 back pay of $23,591.00 and compensatory and punitive damages of $50,000.00. This case is closed.

Jason Chester - 08/03/2012


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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
No EEOC Final Resolution Type
Private Party intervened in EEOC suit
General
Disparate Treatment
Retaliation
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. § 2000e
Defendant(s) Worthington, Moore & Jacobs, Inc.
Plaintiff Description Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, on behalf of one or more workers.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations EEOC
Relman, Dane & Colfax
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 2009
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)
1:04-cv-03127-BEL (D. Md.) 07/18/2011
EE-MD-0128-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 09/30/2004
EE-MD-0128-0001.pdf | Detail
Complaint of Intervenor Laura Thomas 02/25/2005
EE-MD-0128-0002.pdf | Detail
Memorandum 05/18/2005 (2005 WL 1200533) (D. Md.)
EE-MD-0128-0012.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Intervenor Complaint 06/23/2005
EE-MD-0128-0003.pdf | Detail
Stipulated Protective Order 08/11/2005 (D. Md.)
EE-MD-0128-0004.pdf | Detail
Memorandum [Discovery Orders] 11/22/2005 (D. Md.)
EE-MD-0128-0005.pdf | Detail
Memorandum [re: Summary Judgment] 03/30/2007 (D. Md.)
EE-MD-0128-0006.pdf | Detail
Judgment and Order 04/29/2009 (D. Md.)
EE-MD-0128-0009.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
REPORT AND RECOMMENDATION 07/01/2009 (2009 WL 1911954 / 2009 U.S.Dist.LEXIS 60216)
EE-MD-0128-0011.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
MEMORANDUM 07/21/2009 (2009 WL 2231714 / 2009 U.S.Dist.LEXIS 62682) (D. Md.)
EE-MD-0128-0010.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order 08/05/2009 (D. Md.)
EE-MD-0128-0007.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Grimm, Paul William (D. Md.) [Magistrate]
EE-MD-0128-0011
Legg, Benson Everett (D. Md.)
EE-MD-0128-0004 | EE-MD-0128-0005 | EE-MD-0128-0006 | EE-MD-0128-0007 | EE-MD-0128-0009 | EE-MD-0128-0010 | EE-MD-0128-0012
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Baldrate, Kelly Marie (Virginia)
EE-MD-0128-9000
Cacace, Megan (District of Columbia)
EE-MD-0128-9000
Jefferson, Anna L. (Maryland)
EE-MD-0128-0003 | EE-MD-0128-9000
Kiel, Gerald (Maryland)
EE-MD-0128-0001 | EE-MD-0128-9000
Klar, Jennifer I. (District of Columbia)
EE-MD-0128-9000
Lawrence, Debra Michele (Maryland)
EE-MD-0128-0001 | EE-MD-0128-9000
Lebau, Stephen B (Maryland)
EE-MD-0128-0003 | EE-MD-0128-9000
Morocco, Maria Luisa (Maryland)
EE-MD-0128-0001 | EE-MD-0128-9000
Neuworth, Richard P (Maryland)
EE-MD-0128-0003 | EE-MD-0128-9000
Ramchandani, Tara Kolar (District of Columbia)
EE-MD-0128-9000
Reams, Gwendolyn Young (District of Columbia)
EE-MD-0128-9000
Relman, John Peter (District of Columbia)
EE-MD-0128-0002 | EE-MD-0128-9000
Salacuse, Maria (Maryland)
EE-MD-0128-0001 | EE-MD-0128-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Glessner, Stephen A (Maryland)
EE-MD-0128-9000
Phelan, Jeanne M. (Maryland)
EE-MD-0128-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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