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Case Name EEOC v. CROWDER CONSTRUCTION COMPANY EE-NC-0025
Docket / Court 3:00-cv-00186 ( W.D.N.C. )
State/Territory North Carolina
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
In April 2000, the Charlotte District Office of the EEOC filed this lawsuit against Crowder Construction Company in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina alleging discrimination on the basis of race, African-American, in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of ... read more >
In April 2000, the Charlotte District Office of the EEOC filed this lawsuit against Crowder Construction Company in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina alleging discrimination on the basis of race, African-American, in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Specifically, the complaint alleged that the defendant subjected the complainants, African-American employees, to racial slurs on the work site and one instance where a coworker allegedly approached one of the complainants with a noose. The complainants intervened in the lawsuit in June 2000 and January 2001. Following discovery and a failed motion for summary judgment by the defendant in April 2002, the case was tried by a jury in January 2003 with the jury returning a verdict in favor of the defendants. Judgment was entered for the defendant in February 2003. Thereafter, the EEOC and complainants filed motions to vacate the judgment and for a new trial, which were both denied in March 2003.

Daisy Manning - 11/19/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Discrimination-area
Harassment / Hostile Work Environment
Discrimination-basis
Race discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
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) Crowder Construction Company
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 Defendant
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief None
Source of Relief None
Form of Settlement None on record
Order Duration not on record
Case Closing Year 2003
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)
3:00-cv-00186 (W.D.N.C.) 03/06/2003
EE-NC-0025-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 04/24/2000
EE-NC-0025-0001 PDF | Detail
Complaint in Intervention 07/07/2000
EE-NC-0025-0002 PDF | Detail
Order [Regarding Plaintiff-Intervenor Warren's Motion to Compel] 03/08/2001 (W.D.N.C.)
EE-NC-0025-0003 PDF | Detail
Memorandum and Recommendation [Regarding Defendant's Motion for Summary Judgment] 10/26/2001 (2001 WL 1750843) (W.D.N.C.)
EE-NC-0025-0010 PDF | WESTLAW | Detail
Memorandum and Order [Regarding Defendant's Motion for Summary Judgment] 04/01/2002 (W.D.N.C.)
EE-NC-0025-0004 PDF | Detail
Verdict for John Augusta Warren 01/17/2003
EE-NC-0025-0005 PDF | Detail
Verdict for John Carlos Warren 01/17/2003
EE-NC-0025-0006 PDF | Detail
Verdict for Estate of Eddie Johnson 01/17/2003
EE-NC-0025-0007 PDF | Detail
Judgment 02/03/2003 (W.D.N.C.)
EE-NC-0025-0008 PDF | Detail
Order [Regarding Motions to Set Aside the Verdict and For a New Trial] 03/06/2003 (W.D.N.C.)
EE-NC-0025-0009 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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