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Case Name EEOC v. FORD OF GREENSBURG EE-PA-0074
Docket / Court 2:02-cv-00203-GLL-RCM ( W.D. Pa. )
State/Territory Pennsylvania
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
In January 2002, the Philadelphia District Office of the EEOC (with participation from the Pittsburgh Area Office) brought this suit against Ford of Greensburg in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania. We do not have a copy of the complaint; therefore, the exact ... read more >
In January 2002, the Philadelphia District Office of the EEOC (with participation from the Pittsburgh Area Office) brought this suit against Ford of Greensburg in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania. We do not have a copy of the complaint; therefore, the exact allegations involved are unknown. According to an EEOC press release, the complaint alleged that the defendant violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 by subjecting the charging party and other black employees to a racially hostile work environment, resulting in the charging party's constructive discharge. After several status conferences, the parties participated in a settlement conference in December 2002, tentatively settling the case. They reached a final settlement in mid January 2003 through a consent decree. We do not have a copy of the decree; thus, the exact terms of the settlement are unknown. However, it appears from an EEOC press release that the decree required the defendant to provide Title VII training for all its employees and pay $534,000 to be divided between two claimants. In addition, the defendant was prohibited from discriminating and retaliating in violation of Title VII.

Michele Marxkors - 08/16/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Content of Injunction
Discrimination Prohibition
Provide antidiscrimination training
Retaliation Prohibition
Discrimination-area
Discharge / Constructive Discharge / Layoff
Harassment / Hostile Work Environment
Discrimination-basis
Race discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
General
Disparate Treatment
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Race
Black
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
Defendant(s) Ford of Greensburg
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 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)
2:02-cv-00203-GLL-RCM (W.D. Pa.) 01/14/2003
EE-PA-0074-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
EEOC Litigation Settlement Report (December 2002) 12/30/2002
EE-PA-0074-0002.pdf | Detail
EEOC Press Release: "EEOC Resolves Racial Harassment Lawsuit Against Ford of Greensburg for $534,000" 01/08/2003
EE-PA-0074-0001.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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