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Case Name EEOC v. THOMSON CONSUMER ELECTRONICS, INC. EE-IN-0107
Docket / Court IP 99-0884C-T/G ( S.D. Ind. )
State/Territory Indiana
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
In June 1999, the Indianapolis Office of the EEOC brought this lawsuit against Thomson Consumer Electronics Inc. and International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Union #'s 1424 and 1048 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana. We do not have a copy of the complaint; ... read more >
In June 1999, the Indianapolis Office of the EEOC brought this lawsuit against Thomson Consumer Electronics Inc. and International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Union #'s 1424 and 1048 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana. We do not have a copy of the complaint; therefore, the exact allegations involved are unknown. It appears from the consent decree that the EEOC alleged a violation of the Age Discrimination in Employment Act. The parties soon settled the lawsuit in August 1999 through a consent decree. This decree required the defendants to: pay $3,550,000 to compensate individuals who were given smaller severance packages than younger employees, create a settlement fund of $7,100,000, to post notice of Anti-Discrimination Policy, and to remove all discriminatory language from their collective bargaining agreement. Complainant Thelma Dalton was added to the settlement in August 2000 following a fairness hearing.

Keri Livingston - 11/13/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Content of Injunction
Discrimination Prohibition
Monitoring
Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law
Provide antidiscrimination training
Reporting
Retaliation Prohibition
Discrimination-basis
Age discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
General
Disparate Treatment
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Causes of Action Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), 29 U.S.C. ยงยง 621 et seq.
Defendant(s) International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers
Thomson Consumer Electronics 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 1999 - 2002
Case Closing Year 1999
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)
IP99-C-0884-T/G (S.D. Ind.) 08/24/2000
EE-IN-0107-9000.pdf | Detail
General Documents
Consent Decree 08/01/1999
EE-IN-0107-0001.pdf | Detail
Document Source: EEOC Regional Office
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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