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Case Name EEOC v. Step Three, Ltd. EE-HI-0023
Docket / Court 1:13-cv-00674 ( D. Haw. )
State/Territory Hawaii
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
On December 9, 2013, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) filed this lawsuit against Step Three, Ltd, in the U.S. District Court for the District of Hawaii under the Americans with Disabilities Act and Title VII. Step Three, Ltd. is a Hawaiian resort retailer. The EEOC brought the ... read more >
On December 9, 2013, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) filed this lawsuit against Step Three, Ltd, in the U.S. District Court for the District of Hawaii under the Americans with Disabilities Act and Title VII. Step Three, Ltd. is a Hawaiian resort retailer. The EEOC brought the lawsuit on behalf of a former employee who was fired when she became pregnant. The EEOC sought injunctive relief and monetary damages for pregnancy discrimination.

Two days after the complaint was filed, the parties settled; Judge Alan C. Kay signed off on their jointly proposed consent degree on December 13, 2013. The two-year consent decree requires the defendant settled to pay $60,000 to the victim and provide her with a neutral reference. The defendant also agreed to hire a consultant to ensure compliance with Title VII and the ADA; revise the company's anti-discrimination policies and procedures; provide annual training for staff; and hold supervisory staff accountable for engaging in or failing to address discrimination, harassment or retaliation on the job. The EEOC will monitor compliance with the agreement.

There is nothing more in the docket sheet after the 2013 settlement; presumably the case was closed as of December 2015.

Susie Choi - 02/09/2017


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Content of Injunction
Discrimination Prohibition
Monitoring
Provide antidiscrimination training
Retaliation Prohibition
Training
Defendant-type
Retailer
Discrimination-area
Accommodation / Leave
Discharge / Constructive Discharge / Layoff
Harassment / Hostile Work Environment
Discrimination-basis
Disability (inc. reasonable accommodations)
Pregnancy discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
General
Disparate Treatment
Retaliation
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Causes of Action Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), 42 U.S.C. §§ 12111 et seq.
Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. § 2000e
Defendant(s) Step Three, LTD
Plaintiff Description Plaintiff is an employee of defendant's who was discriminated against when she became pregnant.
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 2013 - 2015
Case Closing Year 2015
Case Ongoing No
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Docket(s)
1:13-cv-00674 (D. Haw.)
EE-HI-0023-9000.pdf | Detail
Date: 12/13/2013
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint [ECF# 1]
EE-HI-0023-0001.pdf | Detail
Date: 12/09/2013
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
EEOC Press Release
EE-HI-0023-0003.pdf | Detail
Date: 12/11/2013
Source: EEOC.gov
Consent Decree [ECF# 9]
EE-HI-0023-0002.pdf | External Link | Detail
Date: 12/13/2013
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Kay, Alan Cooke (D. Haw.)
EE-HI-0023-0002 | EE-HI-0023-9000
Puglisi, Richard L. (D.N.M., D. Haw.)
EE-HI-0023-9000
Plaintiff's Lawyers Lee, James L. (District of Columbia)
EE-HI-0023-0001
Lopez, P. David (Texas)
EE-HI-0023-0001
Mallik, Amrita (Hawaii)
EE-HI-0023-0002 | EE-HI-0023-9000
Park, Anna Y. (California)
EE-HI-0023-0001 | EE-HI-0023-0002 | EE-HI-0023-9000
Reams, Gwendolyn Young (District of Columbia)
EE-HI-0023-0001

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