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Case Name EEOC v. Benni's, LLC (d/b/a Bennigan's) EE-CT-0004
Docket / Court 3:06-cv-01287-WWE ( D. Conn. )
State/Territory Connecticut
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
On August 17, 2006, the Boston Area Office and New York District Office of the EEOC filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut. The plaintiffs sued Benni's LLC (d/b/a Bennigan's) under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. The EEOC, representing a female employee at ... read more >
On August 17, 2006, the Boston Area Office and New York District Office of the EEOC filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut. The plaintiffs sued Benni's LLC (d/b/a Bennigan's) under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. The EEOC, representing a female employee at Benni's and an intervening female employee, asked the court for a permanent injunction enjoining the defendant from engaging in employment practices that discriminated on the basis of sex, and for monetary relief for the two employees. The EEOC claimed that Benni's subjected the complaining parties to a sexually hostile work environment, leading to one employee's constructive discharge.

On March 28, 2008, Judge Warren W. Eginton granted a motion for default judgment. This judgment adopted a recommended ruling for default judgment because Benni's had not obtained counsel. On September 18, 2008 Judge Warren ordered default judgment damages and attorneys fees. This ruling included injunctive relief in the form of postings, anti-discriminatory policies, trainings, and monitoring. It also required the defendant to pay a total of $190,000 to the two employees and to pay their attorney fees.

David Friedman - 05/30/2008
Gabriela Hybel - 11/07/2016


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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
Monitoring
Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law
Training
Discrimination-area
Discharge / Constructive Discharge / Layoff
Harassment / Hostile Work Environment
Discrimination-basis
Sex discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
No EEOC Final Resolution Type
Private Party intervened in EEOC suit
General
Disparate Treatment
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
Defendant(s) Benni's LLC
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 Attorneys fees
Damages
Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Litigation
Form of Settlement None on record
Order Duration 2008 - 2013
Case Closing Year 2013
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)
3:06-cv-01287-WWE (D. Conn.) 03/28/2008
EE-CT-0004-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 08/17/2006
EE-CT-0004-0001.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Complaint of Plaintiff-Intervenor 12/20/2006
EE-CT-0004-0002.pdf | Detail
Recommended Ruling on Motion for Default Judgment [adopted 3/28/2008] 03/03/2008 (D. Conn.)
EE-CT-0004-0003.pdf | Detail
Recommended Ruling on Motion for Default Judgment 08/22/2008
EE-CT-0004-0004.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Eginton, Warren William (D. Conn.)
EE-CT-0004-9000
Fitzsimmons, Holly B. (D. Conn.) [Magistrate]
EE-CT-0004-0004 | EE-CT-0004-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Grossman, Elizabeth (New York)
EE-CT-0004-9000
Penzel, Markus Landon (Massachusetts)
EE-CT-0004-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Carta, Mark R. (Connecticut)
EE-CT-0004-9000
Demoura, Ana L. (Connecticut)
EE-CT-0004-9000
Diette, Meredith G. (Connecticut)
EE-CT-0004-9000
Duhl, Glenn A. (Connecticut)
EE-CT-0004-9000
Horner, Stephen P. (Connecticut)
EE-CT-0004-9000
Sherman, Kathryn A. (Connecticut)
EE-CT-0004-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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