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Case Name EEOC v. PUCCINI & PASTA LLC EE-TN-0091
Docket / Court 03-2726 ( W.D. Tenn. )
State/Territory Tennessee
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
In September 2003, the Memphis Office of the EEOC filed this lawsuit against Puccini and Pasta LLC in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee. We do not have a copy of the complaint; therefore, the exact allegations involved are unknown. However, it appears from the consent ... read more >
In September 2003, the Memphis Office of the EEOC filed this lawsuit against Puccini and Pasta LLC in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee. We do not have a copy of the complaint; therefore, the exact allegations involved are unknown. However, it appears from the consent decree that the defendant was accused of sexually harassing complainants, female employees, leading to the constructive discharge of some of the complainants, in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The defendant had ceased operating its restaurant in Tennessee and was in the process of dissolving. Following a withdrawn motion to dismiss by the defendant in June 2004 and some discovery, the parties settled the lawsuit through a consent decree in February 2005. The consent decree required the defendant to pay a total of $50,000 in monetary damages to the alleged victims.

David Friedman - 10/31/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Discrimination-area
Discharge / Constructive Discharge / Layoff
Harassment / Hostile Work Environment
Discrimination-basis
Sex discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
General
Disparate Treatment
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
Defendant(s) Puccini and Pasta LLC
Puccini and Pasta 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 Damages
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree
Order Duration not on record
Case Closing Year 2005
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)
2:03-cv-02726-BBD-sta (W.D. Tenn.) 02/15/2005
EE-TN-0091-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Order Denying Plaintiff's Motion to Compel Discovery 01/28/2005 (W.D. Tenn.)
EE-TN-0091-0001 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Consent Decree 01/28/2005
EE-TN-0091-0002 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judgment in a Civil Case 02/15/2005 (W.D. Tenn.)
EE-TN-0091-0003 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
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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