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Case Name EEOC v. CHILI'S, INC. dba COZYMEL'S COASTAL MEXICAN GRILL EE-TN-0022
Docket / Court 2:01-cv-02076-BBD ( W.D. Tenn. )
State/Territory Tennessee
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
The Memphis office of the EEOC brought this action in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee, against Chili's Inc., d/b/a as Cozymel's Coastal Mexican Grill. The complaint, filed in January 2001, alleged sex discrimination in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1 ... read more >
The Memphis office of the EEOC brought this action in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee, against Chili's Inc., d/b/a as Cozymel's Coastal Mexican Grill. The complaint, filed in January 2001, alleged sex discrimination in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; specifically that Defendant subjected charging party to sexual harassment.

The parties entered into a consent decree in March 2002. The decree provided for Defendant to pay a total of $117,000 to nine individuals, but the amounts were not specified in the decree. The decree also enjoined Defendant from discriminating in violation of Title VII and required Defendant to post a notice of non-discrimination at its facility, adopt an anti-sexual harassment policy and report regularly to the EEOC about any complaints of sexual harassment.

Elizabeth Glassman - 07/10/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Content of Injunction
Discrimination Prohibition
Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law
Reporting
Discrimination-area
Harassment / Hostile Work Environment
Discrimination-basis
Sex discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
General
Disparate Treatment
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
Defendant(s) Brinker International Payroll Corporation
Chili's, 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 Settlement
Form of Settlement Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree
Order Duration not on record
Case Closing Year 2002
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)
2:01-cv-02076-BBD (W.D. Tenn.) 03/27/2002
EE-TN-0022-9000.pdf | Detail
General Documents
Order on Plaintiff's Motion to Compel 08/21/2001 (W.D. Tenn.)
EE-TN-0022-0001.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order Denying Defendants' Motion for Partial Dismissal 01/15/2002 (W.D. Tenn.)
EE-TN-0022-0002.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Consent Decree 03/27/2002
EE-TN-0022-0003.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Allen, James H. Sr. (W.D. Tenn.) [Magistrate]
EE-TN-0022-0001 | EE-TN-0022-9000
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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