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Case Name EEOC v. HANSON MOTORS, INC. dba HANSON VOLKSWAGEN, INC. EE-WA-0023
Docket / Court C00-5503RJB ( W.D. Wash. )
State/Territory Washington
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
IWPR/Wage Project Consent Decree Study
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
The EEOC's Seattle office filed this suit on September 1, 2000 in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington against Hanson Motors, d/b/a Hanson Volkswagen. The EEOC alleged that defendant subjected three female complainants to a sexually hostile work environment. The defendant ... read more >
The EEOC's Seattle office filed this suit on September 1, 2000 in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington against Hanson Motors, d/b/a Hanson Volkswagen. The EEOC alleged that defendant subjected three female complainants to a sexually hostile work environment. The defendant answered and added a complaint of its own against the complainants, adding them as third-party defendants. The complainants subsequently filed their own complaints and intervened as plaintiffs.

The parties notified the court of settlement on September 21, 2001. A proposed consent decree was filed on October 16, 2001 and the court entered it October 22, 2001. The defendant agreed to pay a total of $670,000 to the complainants. The defendant also agreed to provide neutral references, expunge their employment records, and to refrain from conducting surveillance on them. Hanson also agreed to institute a complaint procedure and an anti-discrimination policy, and to appoint a consent decree monitor to oversee compliance.

Jason Chester - 02/14/2008


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Content of Injunction
Develop anti-discrimination policy
Discrimination Prohibition
Expungement of Employment Record
Implement complaint/dispute resolution process
Monitor/Master
Monitoring
Neutral/Positive Reference
Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law
Provide antidiscrimination training
Reporting
Retaliation Prohibition
Discrimination-area
Discharge / Constructive Discharge / Layoff
Harassment / Hostile Work Environment
Discrimination-basis
Sex discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
Private Party intervened in EEOC suit
General
Disparate Treatment
Retaliation
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
Defendant(s) Hanson Motors, Inc.
Jane Doe Louks
Thomas Louks
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 2001 - 2005
Case Closing Year 2001
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-05503-RJB (W.D. Wash.) 06/30/2006
EE-WA-0023-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Agreed Order of Dismissal of Third-Party Plaintiff's Causes of Action of Defamation and Negligence against Third-Party Defendants 08/07/2001 (W.D. Wash.)
EE-WA-0023-0013 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order [] 08/13/2001 (W.D. Wash.)
EE-WA-0023-0024 PDF | Detail
Order Granting in Part and Denying in Part Motion of Defendant for Entry of Protective Order 08/24/2001 (W.D. Wash.)
EE-WA-0023-0021 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Consent Decree and Order of Dismissal 10/22/2001
EE-WA-0023-0023 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
FY 2002 Office of General Counsel Annual Report 06/16/2003
EE-WA-0023-0025 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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