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Case Name EEOC v. Guardsmark, LLC EE-MI-0195
Docket / Court 2:13-cv-15229-VAR-MKM ( E.D. Mich. )
State/Territory Michigan
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
In December 2013, the Detroit field office of the EEOC brought this suit against Guardsmark, LLC in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, under title VII of 42 U.S.C § 2000e against Guardsmark. In this case, an employee who worked as a security guard observed a co-worker ... read more >
In December 2013, the Detroit field office of the EEOC brought this suit against Guardsmark, LLC in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, under title VII of 42 U.S.C § 2000e against Guardsmark. In this case, an employee who worked as a security guard observed a co-worker using the security cameras to zoom in on women's private parts on a number of occasions. He complained to the co-worker and also informed a female victim. After that incident, he was discharged by his employer Guardsmark. EEOC alleged that Guardsmark deprived him of equal employment opportunities. EEOC asked the court for: (a) a permanent injunction enjoining Guardsmark from engaging in sexual discrimination and perpetuating a sexual hostile work environment, and retaliating against any employee who opposes such behaviors; (b) to order Guardsmark to institute and carry out policies, practices and programs which provide equal employment opportunities; (c) to order Guardsmark to compensate the discharged employee; and (d) to pay punitive damages. The employee also filed his complaint against Guardsmark as an intervenor plaintiff claiming loss and damages.

A settlement conference date was set for 4/13/2015.

Kowa Takata - 09/24/2014


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Male
Discrimination-area
Discharge / Constructive Discharge / Layoff
Harassment / Hostile Work Environment
Discrimination-basis
Sex discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
Private Party intervened in EEOC suit
General
Retaliation
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. § 2000e
Defendant(s) Guardsmark, LLC
Plaintiff Description Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, on behalf of a worker.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations EEOC
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Prevailing Party None Yet / None
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief None yet
Source of Relief None yet
Case Ongoing Yes
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Docket(s)
2:13-cv-15229-VAR-MKM (E.D. Mich.)
EE-MI-0195-9000.pdf | Detail
Date: 08/15/2014
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
EEOC Sues Guardsmark for Retaliation
EE-MI-0195-0004.pdf | External Link | Detail
Date: 12/24/2013
Source: EEOC.gov
Complaint and Jury Demand [ECF# 1]
EE-MI-0195-0001.pdf | Detail
Date: 12/24/2013
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Intervenor Complaint [ECF# 14]
EE-MI-0195-0002.pdf | Detail
Date: 06/10/2014
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Amended Intervenor Complaint [ECF# 19]
EE-MI-0195-0003.pdf | Detail
Date: 07/09/2014
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Majzoub, Mona K. (E.D. Mich.) [Magistrate]
EE-MI-0195-9000
Roberts, Victoria A. (E.D. Mich.)
EE-MI-0195-0002 | EE-MI-0195-0003 | EE-MI-0195-9000
Plaintiff's Lawyers Bird, Kenneth L (Indiana)
EE-MI-0195-0001
Campbell, Nedra D. (Michigan)
EE-MI-0195-0001 | EE-MI-0195-0002 | EE-MI-0195-0003 | EE-MI-0195-0004 | EE-MI-0195-9000
Macey, Edward Alan (Michigan)
EE-MI-0195-0002 | EE-MI-0195-0003 | EE-MI-0195-9000
Salvatore, Jennifer B. (Michigan)
EE-MI-0195-0002 | EE-MI-0195-0003 | EE-MI-0195-9000
Young, Laurie A (Indiana)
EE-MI-0195-0001
Defendant's Lawyers Buratto, Donelle Renee (Michigan)
EE-MI-0195-9000
Cattel, Thomas A. (Michigan)
EE-MI-0195-9000
Glazek, Stephen E. (Michigan)
EE-MI-0195-0002 | EE-MI-0195-0003 | EE-MI-0195-9000
Stothers, Melonie L. (Michigan)
EE-MI-0195-0002 | EE-MI-0195-0003 | EE-MI-0195-9000

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