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Case Name GRIMES v. CONECTIV EE-PA-0225
Docket / Court 2:05-cv-03410 ( E.D. Pa. )
State/Territory Pennsylvania
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Case Summary
On July 1, 2005, several employees who worked at ConectIv and three sub-contractors filed a class-action lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Plaintiffs sued ConectIv under the Civil Rights Act of 1964, specifically Title VII, and the Civil Rights ... read more >
On July 1, 2005, several employees who worked at ConectIv and three sub-contractors filed a class-action lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Plaintiffs sued ConectIv under the Civil Rights Act of 1964, specifically Title VII, and the Civil Rights Act of 1991. Plaintiffs represented by private attorneys sought monetary damages and injunctive relief to redress their racial discrimination claims. On October 13, 2005, the case was transferred to a new docket (No. 2:05-cv-03389) with the EEOC filing a suit on plaintiff’s behalf. The case assigned to Judge Thomas M. Golden.

The agency alleged that defendants ignored almost constant harassment of plaintiffs. In one instance, black employees discovered the n-word graffitied on the work site bathrooms and alleged that defendant’s foremen did nothing to address the incident after being told. In another instance, the agency alleged that worksite supervisors used the n-word when referring to a black employee. In a third instance, the agency alleged that a hangman’s noose was found hanging from a beam in a black employee’s work area and when employee complained, a supervisor said he “thought the hangman’s noose was funny.”

On May 8, 2008, the EEOC entered into four consent decrees, one for each defendant company. The consent decrees required defendants to pay a sum of $1,650,000 to plaintiffs. The consent decrees required each defendant to do notice posting of the consent agreement. The consent decrees further required each defendant to draft and publish anti-harassment, anti-discrimination, and anti-retaliation policies in plain language in both English and Spanish. Additionally, they mandated that each defendant must institute supervisor and foreman accountability practices for how to respond to future issues. After the four-year period, this decree terminated in 2012.

Raul Noguera-McElroy - 04/05/2019


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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
Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law
Provide antidiscrimination training
Recordkeeping
Reporting
Discrimination-area
Harassment / Hostile Work Environment
Other Conditions of Employment (including assignment, transfer, hours, working conditions, etc)
Discrimination-basis
Race discrimination
EEOC-centric
Private Suit Related / Consolidated with EEOC Suit
General
Disparate Treatment
Pattern or Practice
Record-keeping
Retaliation
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Race
Black
Causes of Action Title VI, Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C. § 2000d et seq.
Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. § 2000e
Defendant(s) ConectIv
Plaintiff Description Employees at a construction site filed suit.
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted Moot
Filed Pro Se No
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer No
Nature of Relief Damages
Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree
Order Duration 2008 - 2012
Filing Year 2005
Case Closing Year 2012
Case Ongoing No
Case Listing EE-PA-0047 : EEOC v. Conectiv, and related cases (E.D. Pa.)
EE-PA-0223 : RIDDICK v. CONECTIV (E.D. Pa.)
EE-PA-0224 : SLATER v. CONECTIV et al (E.D. Pa.)
EE-PA-0226 : Campbell v. Conectiv (E.D. Pa.)
Docket(s)
2:05-cv-03410-GP (E.D. Pa.)
EE-PA-0225-9000.pdf | Detail
Date: 05/30/2007
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
2:05-cv-03410 (E.D. Pa.)
EE-PA-0225-9001.pdf | Detail
Date: 12/11/2008
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint [ECF# 1]
EE-PA-0225-0002.pdf | Detail
Date: 07/01/2005
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Consent Decree [ECF# 209] (E.D. Pa.)
EE-PA-0225-0003.pdf | Detail
Date: 05/08/2008
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Consent Decree [ECF# 210] (E.D. Pa.)
EE-PA-0225-0004.pdf | Detail
Date: 05/08/2008
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Consent Decree [ECF# 211] (E.D. Pa.)
EE-PA-0225-0005.pdf | Detail
Date: 05/08/2008
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
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Judges Golden, Thomas M. (E.D. Pa.) show/hide docs
EE-PA-0225-0003 | EE-PA-0225-0004 | EE-PA-0225-0005 | EE-PA-0225-9001
Pratter, Gene E.K. (E.D. Pa.) show/hide docs
EE-PA-0225-9000
Plaintiff's Lawyers Cook, Terrence R. (Pennsylvania) show/hide docs
EE-PA-0225-0002 | EE-PA-0225-0003 | EE-PA-0225-0004 | EE-PA-0225-0005 | EE-PA-0225-9001
Cooper, Ronald S. (District of Columbia) show/hide docs
EE-PA-0225-0003 | EE-PA-0225-0004 | EE-PA-0225-0005
Dreiband, Eric S. (District of Columbia) show/hide docs
EE-PA-0225-0002
Lee, James L. (District of Columbia) show/hide docs
EE-PA-0225-0002 | EE-PA-0225-0003 | EE-PA-0225-0004 | EE-PA-0225-0005
McNair, Jacqueline H. (Pennsylvania) show/hide docs
EE-PA-0225-0002 | EE-PA-0225-0003 | EE-PA-0225-0004 | EE-PA-0225-0005 | EE-PA-0225-9001
O'Boyle, Judith A. (Pennsylvania) show/hide docs
EE-PA-0225-0002 | EE-PA-0225-9001
Rathgeber, Joanne (Pennsylvania) show/hide docs
EE-PA-0225-9000
Reams, Gwendolyn Young (District of Columbia) show/hide docs
EE-PA-0225-0002 | EE-PA-0225-0003 | EE-PA-0225-0004 | EE-PA-0225-0005
Schwarzschild, Hannah (Pennsylvania) show/hide docs
EE-PA-0225-9001
Taglioli, Quintes D. (Pennsylvania) show/hide docs
EE-PA-0225-9001
Defendant's Lawyers Begley, Sara A (Pennsylvania) show/hide docs
EE-PA-0225-0004 | EE-PA-0225-9001
Carnell, Susanne Harris (Pennsylvania) show/hide docs
EE-PA-0225-9001
Cottington, Robert B. (Pennsylvania) show/hide docs
EE-PA-0225-9000 | EE-PA-0225-9001
Cottrell, Paul (Delaware) show/hide docs
EE-PA-0225-9001
Fasic, G. Kevin (Delaware) show/hide docs
EE-PA-0225-9001
Flynn-Kozara, Abigail D. (Pennsylvania) show/hide docs
EE-PA-0225-9000 | EE-PA-0225-9001
Hollister, Michael T. (Pennsylvania) show/hide docs
EE-PA-0225-9001
Jones, Harry T. Jr. (District of Columbia) show/hide docs
EE-PA-0225-0005 | EE-PA-0225-9001
Kaplan, Kimberly M. (Pennsylvania) show/hide docs
EE-PA-0225-9000 | EE-PA-0225-9001
McClure, Shannon Elise (Pennsylvania) show/hide docs
EE-PA-0225-9001
McGrory, Patrick M. (Delaware) show/hide docs
EE-PA-0225-0003 | EE-PA-0225-9001
Milcoff, Joseph P. (Pennsylvania) show/hide docs
EE-PA-0225-9000 | EE-PA-0225-9001
Newmann, David (Pennsylvania) show/hide docs
EE-PA-0225-9000 | EE-PA-0225-9001
Stansfield, Wayne C. (Pennsylvania) show/hide docs
EE-PA-0225-0004 | EE-PA-0225-9001

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