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Case Name EEOC v. JOURNAL COMMUNITY PUBLISHING GROUP INC EE-WI-0021
Docket / Court 04-C-0326 ( E.D. Wis. )
State/Territory Wisconsin
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
In March 2004, the Milwaukee District Office of the EEOC filed this suit against Journal Community Publishing Group, Inc., a printing company that publishes community newspapers, in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin. The complaint alleged that the defendant violated ... read more >
In March 2004, the Milwaukee District Office of the EEOC filed this suit against Journal Community Publishing Group, Inc., a printing company that publishes community newspapers, in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin. The complaint alleged that the defendant violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 by subjecting the charging party, a female employee, to sexual harassment and retaliation which resulted in her constructive discharge. Specifically, two male coworkers of the charging party sexually harassed her on a continual basis by making inappropriate sexual comments to her and offensively touching her. In July 2004, the charging party intervened in the lawsuit. In May 2005, the defendant filed a motion for summary judgment which was granted in March 2006. According to the judgment, the plaintiffs failed to prove that there was a basis for employer liability for the harassment. Therefore, the case was dismissed.

Kevin Wilemon - 06/05/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Discrimination-area
Harassment / Hostile Work Environment
Other Conditions of Employment (including assignment, transfer, hours, working conditions, etc)
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) Journal Community Publishing Group, Inc.
Journal Community Publishing Group, 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 Defendant
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief None
Source of Relief None
Form of Settlement None on record
Order Duration not on record
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)
2:04-cv-00326-JPS (E.D. Wis.) 12/26/2006
EE-WI-0021-9000 PDF | Detail
General Documents
Complaint 03/31/2004
EE-WI-0021-0001 PDF | Detail
Order Granting Summary Judgment 03/28/2006 (2006 WL 801024 / 2006 U.S.Dist.LEXIS 21929) (E.D. Wis.)
EE-WI-0021-0003 PDF | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Court of Appeals Dismissal 08/09/2006
EE-WI-0021-0002 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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