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Case Name EEOC v. SPIRTAS CO. & ARNOLD R. SPIRTAS CO d/b/a SPIRTAS WRECKING COMPANY d/b/a CENTRAL C&D RECYCLING, INC. EE-MO-0075
Docket / Court 4:00-CV-01428CDP ( E.D. Mo. )
State/Territory Missouri
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
IWPR/Wage Project Consent Decree Study
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
In September 2000, the EEOC district office in St. Louis, Missouri brought this action against the Arnold R. Spirtas Company, the Spirtas Company, Central C&D Recycling, Inc., and the Spirtas Wrecking Company in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri. The EEOC alleged the the ... read more >
In September 2000, the EEOC district office in St. Louis, Missouri brought this action against the Arnold R. Spirtas Company, the Spirtas Company, Central C&D Recycling, Inc., and the Spirtas Wrecking Company in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri. The EEOC alleged the the defendants unlawfully discriminated against blacks when it refused to pay them as much as white coworkers, refused to hire blacks who would not accept less pay, and discharged those who complained, all in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

After a successful attempt at ADR, the parties settled and a consent decree was entered in October 2001. The parties agreed that the defendant would pay $140,000 to the complainants, $75,000 in attorney's fees, post an EEO notice, comply with posting requirements in 29 C.F.R. section 1601.3, implement an anti-discrimination policy, and issue complaint and compliance reports to the EEOC. The terms of the decree ran for two years.

Jason Chester - 07/19/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Content of Injunction
Develop anti-discrimination policy
Discrimination Prohibition
Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law
Recordkeeping
Reporting
Retaliation Prohibition
Discrimination-area
Discharge / Constructive Discharge / Layoff
Hiring
Pay / Benefits
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) Arnold R. Spirtas Company
Centaral C&D Recycling, Inc.
Spirtas Company
Spirtas Industrial Services, 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 2001 - 2003
Case Closing Year 2001
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)
4:00-cv-01428-CDP (E.D. Mo.) 10/01/2001
EE-MO-0075-9000 PDF | Detail
General Documents
Consent Decree 10/01/2001
EE-MO-0075-0002 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
EEOC Annual Report 09/30/2002
EE-MO-0075-0003 PDF | Detail
Judges Perry, Catherine D. (E.D. Mo.) [Magistrate]
EE-MO-0075-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Harper, Donna (Missouri)
EE-MO-0075-9000
Johnson, Robert G. (Missouri)
EE-MO-0075-9000
Shelly, Jan (Missouri)
EE-MO-0075-9000
Stewart, Clifford Gregory (New Jersey)
EE-MO-0075-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Begian, Daniel R. (Missouri)
EE-MO-0075-9000
Garland, Burton D. Jr. (Missouri)
EE-MO-0075-9000
McFall, Patricia M. (Missouri)
EE-MO-0075-9000
Other Lawyers Moench, William E. (Colorado)
EE-MO-0075-9000

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