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Case Name EEOC v. Priority Staffing EE-AZ-0087
Docket / Court CIV 02 1677 PHX LOA ( D. Ariz. )
State/Territory Arizona
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
IWPR/Wage Project Consent Decree Study
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
In August 2002, the Phoenix office of the EEOC brought this Title VII suit against Priority Staffing in the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona. The complaint alleged that the defendant subjected several female employees (including plaintiff-intervenors) to a hostile work environment. ... read more >
In August 2002, the Phoenix office of the EEOC brought this Title VII suit against Priority Staffing in the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona. The complaint alleged that the defendant subjected several female employees (including plaintiff-intervenors) to a hostile work environment. Female employees were threatened, demoted, and discharged (constructively) in retaliation for their complaints of harassments. The claimants intervened in the EEOC's suit in September 2002. The defendant filed a motion to dismiss one of the claimant's complaints and motions for summary judgment against the claimants in March 2004; however, the case settled by entry of a consent decree in June 2004.

The three year consent decree required the defendant to pay the claimants and class members $450,000 in compensatory damages, expunge the claimant's records, refrain from harassment and retaliation, institute policies and practices to ensure a workplace free from harassment, and exclude the president and his wife from participating in any investigation of discrimination complaints.

Kevin Wilemon - 08/01/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Content of Injunction
Develop anti-discrimination policy
Discrimination Prohibition
Expungement of Employment Record
Retaliation Prohibition
Discrimination-area
Demotion
Discharge / Constructive Discharge / Layoff
Harassment / Hostile Work Environment
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 Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
Defendant(s) Priority Staffing
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 2004 - 2007
Case Closing Year 2004
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)
2:02-cv-01677-LOA (D. Ariz.) 06/30/2004
EE-AZ-0087-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
EEOC Litigation Settlement Report 06/30/2004
EE-AZ-0087-0001 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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