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Case Name EEOC v. Travelers' Petroleum, Inc. EE-SC-0043
Docket / Court 7:98-cv-02556-GRA ( D.S.C. )
State/Territory South Carolina
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
The EEOC's Charlotte office filed this suit on September 2, 1998 in the U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina, Spartanburg Division. The EEOC alleged that defendant Travelers' Petroleum violated Title VII by sexually harassing and retaliating against seven complainants. Further ... read more >
The EEOC's Charlotte office filed this suit on September 2, 1998 in the U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina, Spartanburg Division. The EEOC alleged that defendant Travelers' Petroleum violated Title VII by sexually harassing and retaliating against seven complainants. Further specifics about the allegations were unobtainable because the complaint was not available on PACER. The defendant filed a motion to dismiss. The motion was denied on April 19, 1999. Seven of the complainants intervened in the suit. A trial date was set for August 2, 1999 but postponed twice before the parties notified the court that a settlement had been reached. The consent decree was entered on November 30, 1999.

The defendant agreed in the consent decree to pay $170,000 to be divided amongst the complainants. The defendant also agreed to provide Title VII training for its employees, expunge the complainants' employment records and report to the EEOC every time one of its employees complains of sexual harassment.

Shankar Viswanathan - 08/13/2007


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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
Monitoring
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
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
Defendant(s) Travelers Petroleum, 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 1999 - 2001
Case Closing Year 1999
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)
7:98-cv-02556-GRA (D.S.C.) 12/01/1999
EE-SC-0043-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Report of Magistrate Judge [Regarding Defendant's Motion to Dismiss] 01/25/1999
EE-SC-0043-0001.pdf | Detail
Order [Denying Defendant's Motion to Dismiss] 04/19/1999 (D.S.C.)
EE-SC-0043-0002.pdf | Detail
Consent Decree 11/30/1999
EE-SC-0043-0003.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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