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Case Name EEOC v. Lithia Centennial Chrysler Plymouth Jeep, Inc. dba Centennia EE-CO-0032
Docket / Court 01-D-0119 ( D. Colo. )
State/Territory Colorado
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
The Boulder office of the EEOC brought this action in the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado against Lithia Centennial Chrysler Plymouth Jeep, Inc. d/b/a Centennial Chrysler Plymouth. The complaint, filed in January 2001, alleged race discrimination in violation of Title VII of the ... read more >
The Boulder office of the EEOC brought this action in the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado against Lithia Centennial Chrysler Plymouth Jeep, Inc. d/b/a Centennial Chrysler Plymouth. The complaint, filed in January 2001, alleged race discrimination in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The complaint specifically alleged that Defendant fired three African American salespersons due to their race and repeatedly used crude racial epithets.

In January 2002, Defendant filed a motion to dismiss, but the motion was never ruled upon because in October 2002, the parties settled and agreed to a consent decree. While we do not have access to the consent decree, a press release from the EEOC regarding this case stated that Defendant agreed to pay $450,000 in total damages to the three charging parties and to provide Title VII training to its managers.

Kevin Wilemon - 06/07/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Content of Injunction
Provide antidiscrimination training
Discrimination-area
Discharge / Constructive Discharge / Layoff
Discrimination-basis
Race discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
Private Party intervened in EEOC suit
General
Disparate Treatment
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Private Plaintiff
Race
Black
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
Defendant(s) L.A.H. Automotive Enterprises, Inc.
Lithia Centennial Chrysler Plymouth
Moreland Auto Group
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)
1:01-cv-00119-WYD-PAC (D. Colo.) 10/04/2002
EE-CO-0032-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Race Motivated Firings and Epithets Cost Colorado Car Dealership $450,000 10/09/2002
EE-CO-0032-0001.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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