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Case Name EEOC v. WASHINGTON GROUP INTERNATIONAL EE-MA-0016
Docket / Court 04-12097 ( D. Mass. )
State/Territory Massachusetts
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
IWPR/Wage Project Consent Decree Study
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
In September 2004, the Boston Area Office and New York District Office of the EEOC filed this lawsuit against Washington Group International, Inc. in the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts alleging discrimination on the basis of race, African-American, in violation of Title VII ... read more >
In September 2004, the Boston Area Office and New York District Office of the EEOC filed this lawsuit against Washington Group International, Inc. in the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts alleging discrimination on the basis of race, African-American, in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The complaint specifically alleged the defendant subjected the complainants to a racially hostile work environment and subjected them to retaliation following their complaints about this environment. The complainants intervened in the lawsuit in January and February 2005. Following some discovery and referral to mediation, the parties settled the lawsuit in January 2008 through a consent decree.

The two-year decree, containing an anti-discrimination and retaliation clause, required the defendant to: make compliance reports, allow access to outsiders for monitoring, designate internal coordinators, develop its anti-discrimination policy, create a graffiti policy, post and distribute notice of employee rights, provide EEO training, implement a complaint resolution program and monitoring system, and pay $ 1,500,000 to be distributed among seventeen individuals.

David Friedman - 04/21/2008


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Content of Injunction
Discrimination Prohibition
Implement complaint/dispute resolution process
Monitoring
Other requirements regarding hiring, promotion, retention
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
Race discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
Private Party intervened in EEOC suit
General
Disparate Treatment
Retaliation
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Private Plaintiff
Race
Black
Causes of Action State Anti-Discrimination Law
State law
Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
Defendant(s) Dennis Woodruff (individual)
Michael Fogarty (individual)
Washington Group International, 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 2008 - 2010
Case Closing Year 2008
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)
1:04-cv-12097-GAO (D. Mass.) 03/07/2008
EE-MA-0016-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint and Jury Trial Demand 09/30/2004
EE-MA-0016-0001 PDF | Detail
Complaint to Intervene as of Right and Jury Demand 01/19/2005
EE-MA-0016-0003 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Complaint to Intervene as of Right and Jury Demand 02/14/2005
EE-MA-0016-0004 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Consent Decree 03/07/2008
EE-MA-0016-0007 PDF | Detail
Judges Bowler, Marianne B. (D. Mass.) [Magistrate]
EE-MA-0016-0007 | EE-MA-0016-9000
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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