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Case Name EEOC v. SUNWEST FEDERAL CREDIT UNION EE-AZ-0102
Docket / Court 2:06-cv-02284-SRB ( D. Ariz. )
State/Territory Arizona
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
In September 2006, the Phoenix Office of the EEOC brought a suit against Sunwest Federal Credit Union in the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona. The suit alleged a violation of Title VII in the form of sex discrimination and retaliation. Specifically, the defendant allegedly subjected ... read more >
In September 2006, the Phoenix Office of the EEOC brought a suit against Sunwest Federal Credit Union in the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona. The suit alleged a violation of Title VII in the form of sex discrimination and retaliation. Specifically, the defendant allegedly subjected a class of female employees, including the charging party, to sexual, gender-based harassment. When the charging party objected to this treatment, she was allegedly disciplined, threatened, and subjected to further harassment. Eventually, she was discharged.

One of the charging parties intervened in the case as a plaintiff. In December 2007, the case was resolved by a consent decree. The defendant was ordered to pay a total of $250,000. The consent decree also included a variety of injunctive relief, specifying in some detail an anti-discrimination policy, a training program, and a grievance procedure that the defendant must implement.

Jason Chester - 05/14/2008


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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
Implement complaint/dispute resolution process
Monitoring
Neutral/Positive Reference
Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law
Provide antidiscrimination training
Recordkeeping
Reporting
Retaliation Prohibition
Discrimination-area
Discharge / Constructive Discharge / Layoff
Discipline
Harassment / Hostile Work Environment
Other Conditions of Employment (including assignment, transfer, hours, working conditions, etc)
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) Sunwest Federal Credit Union
Sunwest Federal Credit Union
Plaintiff Description Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, on behalf of one or more workers.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations EEOC
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status granted Yes
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 2007 - 2009
Case Closing Year 2007
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)
2:06-cv-02284-SRB (D. Ariz.) 12/12/2007
EE-AZ-0102-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 09/22/2006
EE-AZ-0102-0001.pdf | Detail
Plaintiff-Intervener's Complaint 11/29/2006
EE-AZ-0102-0002.pdf | Detail
Consent Decree 12/12/2007
EE-AZ-0102-0003.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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