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Case Name EEOC v. SWP INC (d/b/a SUPERIOR WOOD PRODUCTS) EE-IN-0102
Docket / Court 3:98-cv-00562-RLM-CAN ( N.D. Ind. )
State/Territory Indiana
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
In November 1998, the Indianapolis Office of the EEOC filed this lawsuit against SWP, Inc., doing business as Superior Wood Products, in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana alleging discrimination on the basis of sex in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. ... read more >
In November 1998, the Indianapolis Office of the EEOC filed this lawsuit against SWP, Inc., doing business as Superior Wood Products, in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana alleging discrimination on the basis of sex in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. We do not have a copy of the complaint; therefore, the exact allegations involved are unknown. The case was tried by a jury in February-March of 2000 with the jury returning a verdict in favor of the plaintiffs. The court entered judgment for the plaintiffs in March 2000, requiring the defendant to pay $75,000 in compensatory damages and $115,000 in punitive damages, where the punitive damage award was reduced by $25,000 to conform with 42 U.S.C. ß1981a(b)(3). RBK Development, Inc. was joined to the case following its purchase of SWP, Inc's assets in a "friendly foreclosure proceeding" found by a magistrate judge to have been an attempt to evade the jury's sexual harassment judgment against SWP, Inc.

David Friedman - 10/18/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
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. § 2000e
Defendant(s) RBK Development Inc
RBK Develpment Inc.
SWP 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
Source of Relief Litigation
Form of Settlement None on record
Order Duration not on record
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)
3:98-cv-00562-RLM-CAN (N.D. Ind.) 07/23/2001
EE-IN-0102-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
[Order Regarding Awarding of Damages] 03/17/2000 (2000 WL 489609) (N.D. Ind.)
EE-IN-0102-0002 PDF | WESTLAW | Detail
Order [Regarding Defendant RBK] 07/02/2001 (153 F.Supp.2d 911) (N.D. Ind.)
EE-IN-0102-0001 PDF | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Google Scholar
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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