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Case Name EEOC v. VALLEY MANOR SOUTH INC (d/b/a HALPERN'S ETHAN ALLEN) EE-FL-0045
Docket / Court 1:06-cv-22459-DLG ( S.D. Fla. )
State/Territory Florida
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
In September 2006, the Miami office of the EEOC brought this Title VII suit against Valley Manor South, Inc. d/b/a Halpern's Ethan Allen in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida. The complaint alleged that the defendant's owner subjected the claimants to unwelcome verbal and ... read more >
In September 2006, the Miami office of the EEOC brought this Title VII suit against Valley Manor South, Inc. d/b/a Halpern's Ethan Allen in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida. The complaint alleged that the defendant's owner subjected the claimants to unwelcome verbal and physical of a sexual nature sufficiently severe and pervasive to constitute a hostile work environment. The parties settled the case by entry of a consent decree in January 2007.

The two year consent decree required the defendant to pay a lump sum of $150,000 to the claimants (including $50,000 in attorneys' fees), refrain from discrimination and retaliation, distribute and post notice of its new anti-discrimination policy, keep records of any complaints of discrimination, sexual harassment, and/or retaliation, provide yearly training for all employees, and give the EEOC bi-annual reports of any complaints of sex discrimination, sexual harassment, and/or retaliation.

Kevin Wilemon - 06/14/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Content of Injunction
Discrimination Prohibition
Monitoring
Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law
Provide antidiscrimination training
Recordkeeping
Reporting
Retaliation Prohibition
Discrimination-area
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) Valley Manor South, 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 2007 - 2009
Case Closing Year 2007
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)
1:06-cv-22459-DLG (S.D. Fla.) 01/08/2007
EE-FL-0045-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 09/26/2006
EE-FL-0045-0001 PDF | Detail
Consent Decree 01/10/2007
EE-FL-0045-0002 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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