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Case Name EEOC v. DENNY'S INC. EE-WA-0012
Docket / Court 2:99-cv-01548-JCC ( W.D. Wash. )
State/Territory Washington
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
In September 1999, the EEOC district office in Seattle, Washington brought this suit against Denny's, Inc., a national restaurant chain, in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington, alleging violations of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 based on sex. Specifically, ... read more >
In September 1999, the EEOC district office in Seattle, Washington brought this suit against Denny's, Inc., a national restaurant chain, in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington, alleging violations of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 based on sex. Specifically, the suit alleged that the defendant maintained a sexually hostile work environment and retaliated against women for complaining.

The case was settled and a settlement agreement was entered in January 2000. The parties agreed that the defendant would pay the women $252,902.99 in damages, $171,097.01 in attorney's fees, make a $50,000 donation to the YWCA, refrain from retaliating and discriminating on the basis of sex, post a settlement notice, implement and distribute an anti-sexual harassment policy, provide EEO training, expunge the women's employee records of all mention of this litigation, implement a complaint procedure, and conduct an audit of the impact of the new policies. The terms of the agreement ran for three years.

Jason Chester - 07/02/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Content of Injunction
Auditing
Comply with advertising/recruiting requirements
Develop anti-discrimination policy
Discrimination Prohibition
Expungement of Employment Record
Implement complaint/dispute resolution process
Monitoring
Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law
Provide antidiscrimination training
Recordkeeping
Reporting
Retaliation Prohibition
Discrimination-area
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
General
Disparate Treatment
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Causes of Action State law
State Anti-Discrimination Law
42 U.S.C. § 1981
State Anti-Discrimination Law
Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. § 2000e
Defendant(s) Denny's, 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 None on record
Order Duration 2000 - 2003
Case Closing Year 2000
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)
2:99-cv-01548-JCC (W.D. Wash.) 01/24/2000
EE-WA-0012-9000 PDF | Detail
General Documents
Settlement Agreement and (Proposed) Order of Dismissal 01/21/2000 (W.D. Wash.)
EE-WA-0012-0001 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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