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Case Name EEOC v. REVOLUTIONS STUDIOS AND SMILE PRODUCTIONS LLC EE-NY-0152
Docket / Court 1:05-cv-06884-AKH ( S.D.N.Y. )
State/Territory New York
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
IWPR/Wage Project Consent Decree Study
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
In August 2005, the New York District Office of the EEOC brought this suit against Revolution Studios and Smile Productions, L.L.C. in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. The complaint alleged that the defendant, a movie production company, violated the Equal Pay Act of 1 ... read more >
In August 2005, the New York District Office of the EEOC brought this suit against Revolution Studios and Smile Productions, L.L.C. in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. The complaint alleged that the defendant, a movie production company, violated the Equal Pay Act of 1963 and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 by paying female employees less than male employees for substantially the same work. The parties settled through a consent decree merely three days after the complaint was filed.

The two year decree, containing non-discrimination and non-retaliation clauses, required the defendant to: provide anti-discrimination training for all supervisory and management personnel, post a notice of non-discrimination, place a copy of the required notice and its anti-discrimination policy in the production manuals for each of its movies, post its anti-discrimination policy, and pay $66,500 to be distributed among nineteen complainants.

Michele Marxkors - 06/27/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Content of Injunction
Discrimination Prohibition
Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law
Provide antidiscrimination training
Reporting
Retaliation Prohibition
Discrimination-area
Pay / Benefits
Discrimination-basis
Sex discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
General
Disparate Treatment
Pattern or Practice
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. § 2000e
Equal Pay Act, 29 U.S.C. § 206(d)
Defendant(s) Revolution Studios and Smile Productions, 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
Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree
Order Duration 2005 - 2007
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)
1:05-cv-06884-AKH (S.D.N.Y.) 08/05/2005
EE-NY-0152-9000 PDF | Detail
General Documents
Complaint 08/02/2005
EE-NY-0152-0001 PDF | Detail
Consent Decree 08/05/2005
EE-NY-0152-0002 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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