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Case Name Lake v. AK Steel Corporation EE-PA-0210
Docket / Court 2:04-cv-00764-DSC ( W.D. Pa. )
State/Territory Pennsylvania
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
On May 21, 2004, an African American employee of A.K. Steel Corporation brought suit against his employer under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act and 42 U.S.C. § 1981. The plaintiff filed this action a year after bringing a related suit with other employees of A.K. Steel. (See ( ... read more >
On May 21, 2004, an African American employee of A.K. Steel Corporation brought suit against his employer under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act and 42 U.S.C. § 1981. The plaintiff filed this action a year after bringing a related suit with other employees of A.K. Steel. (See (LAKE v. A.K. STEEL CORPORATION). The plaintiffs claimed the defendant permitted a hostile workspace that included the use of racial slurs against the plaintiffs, racially graphic graffiti, and displays of Klu Klux Klan videos.

After conducting partial discovery, the defendants filed a motion for summary judgment. Before receiving a ruling on the motion for summary judgment, the plaintiff filed a motion to consolidate with the related actions, Lake v. A.K. Steel Corporation and EEOC v AK Steel Corp.

On September 11, 2006, the court granted the motion to consolidate. On January 31, 2007, the parties in the consolidated case settled. The three-year settlement agreement included anti-discrimination and anti-retaliation clauses, and a confidentiality clause regarding the private plaintiffs' and complainants' involvement in the case. The agreement required A.K. Steel to post notice of the agreement, maintain records of all incidents of racial harassment, and make these records available to the EEOC within ten days of request. A.K. Steel was also required to provide a training session for all employees, including separate training for supervisory and managerial personnel. New employees would receive training during new employee orientation. The corporation agreed to pay a total of $550,000, including $160,000 to the plaintiff in this case. The docket sheet does not show any further enforcement; the case was presumably closed in 2010.

Amanda Stephens - 02/02/2019


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Content of Injunction
Develop anti-discrimination policy
Discrimination Prohibition
Implement complaint/dispute resolution process
Monitoring
Provide antidiscrimination training
Recordkeeping
Reporting
Retaliation Prohibition
Defendant-type
Retailer
Discrimination-area
Discharge / Constructive Discharge / Layoff
Discipline
Harassment / Hostile Work Environment
Other Conditions of Employment (including assignment, transfer, hours, working conditions, etc)
Promotion
Training
Discrimination-basis
Race discrimination
EEOC-centric
Private Suit Related / Consolidated with EEOC Suit
General
Disparate Treatment
Retaliation
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Race
Black
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. § 1981
Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. § 2000e
Defendant(s) AK Steel Corporation
Plaintiff Description An African American employee of AK Steel Corp
Indexed Lawyer Organizations EEOC
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Filed Pro Se No
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief Damages
Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Voluntary Dismissal
Order Duration 2007 - 2010
Filing Year 2004
Case Closing Year 2006
Case Ongoing No
Case Listing EE-PA-0001 : LAKE v. AK STEEL CORPORATION (W.D. Pa.)
EE-PA-0215 : EEOC v. AK Steel Corporation (W.D. Pa.)
Docket(s)
2:04-cv-00764-DSC (W.D. Pa.)
EE-PA-0210-9000.pdf | Detail
Date: 09/11/2006
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Opinion [Regarding Defendant's Motion for Summary Judgment] (2006 WL 1158610) (W.D. Pa.)
EE-PA-0210-0006.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Date: 05/01/2006
Order of Court [Denying Motion for Summary Judgment] (W.D. Pa.)
EE-PA-0210-0001.pdf | Detail
Date: 08/31/2006
Order of Court [Granting Motion to Consolidate Cases] [ECF# 32] (W.D. Pa.)
EE-PA-0210-0004.pdf | Detail
Date: 09/11/2006
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Settlement Agreement
EE-PA-0210-0002.pdf | Detail
Date: 01/31/2007
EEOC Press Release: "AK Steel Corporation to Pay $600,000 to Settle EEOC Race Harassment Lawsuit"
EE-PA-0210-0003.pdf | Detail
Date: 01/31/2007
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Judges Cercone, David S. (W.D. Pa.) show/hide docs
EE-PA-0210-0001 | EE-PA-0210-0004 | EE-PA-0210-0006

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