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Case Name EEOC v. Rooms To Go EE-FL-0101
Docket / Court 8:04-CV-2155-T-24TBM ( M.D. Fla. )
State/Territory Florida
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 Tampa Area Office of the EEOC brought this lawsuit against Rooms To Go, Inc. and R.T.G. Furniture Corp. in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida alleging harassment on the basis of sex and race in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. ... read more >
In September 2004 the Tampa Area Office of the EEOC brought this lawsuit against Rooms To Go, Inc. and R.T.G. Furniture Corp. in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida alleging harassment on the basis of sex and race in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Specifically, the complaint alleged that the defendant harassed complaining parties, two female employees, by permitting a work environment hostile to their sex and to the race, African-American, of one of the complainants. The complainants intervened in the lawsuit in December 2004. Following extensive discovery and some mediation, the parties settled the lawsuit in May 2006 through a consent decree.

The three-year decree, containing anti-discrimination and retaliation clauses, required the defendant to: report on complaints and make compliance reports, provide and permit the EEOC to monitor training sessions, retain a monitor of employee complaints, revise and post notice of its anti-harassment policy, and pay $275,000 to be distributed among two complainants and their two attorneys.

David Friedman - 11/06/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Content of Injunction
Discrimination Prohibition
Monitoring
Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law
Provide antidiscrimination training
Reporting
Retaliation Prohibition
Discrimination-area
Harassment / Hostile Work Environment
Discrimination-basis
Race discrimination
Sex discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
Private Party intervened in EEOC suit
General
Disparate Treatment
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Private Plaintiff
Race
Black
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
State Anti-Discrimination Law
Defendant(s) R.T.G. Furniture Corp.
Rooms To Go, 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 2006 - 2009
Case Closing Year 2006
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)
8:04-cv-02155-SCB-TBM (M.D. Fla.) 05/16/2006
EE-FL-0101-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 09/28/2004
EE-FL-0101-0001.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Complaint in Intervention and Demand for Jury Trial 12/20/2004
EE-FL-0101-0002.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Amended Complaint 08/24/2005
EE-FL-0101-0003.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Plaintiff-Intervenor's Amended Complaint and Demand for Jury trial 10/07/2005
EE-FL-0101-0004.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order 12/02/2005 (M.D. Fla.)
EE-FL-0101-0007.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order [re: Summary Judgment] 03/08/2006 (2006 WL 580990 / 2006 U.S.Dist.LEXIS 12345) (M.D. Fla.)
EE-FL-0101-0008.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Consent Decree 05/16/2006
EE-FL-0101-0005.pdf | Detail
Wal-Mart to Pay $315,000 to Settle Two EEOC Suits For Sexual Harassment At Store in Central Florida 06/01/2006
EE-FL-0101-0006.pdf | Detail
Judges Jenkins, Elizabeth A. (M.D. Fla.) [Magistrate]
EE-FL-0101-9000
McCoun, Thomas B. III (M.D. Fla.) [Magistrate]
EE-FL-0101-0007
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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