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Case Name EEOC v. Pallett Companies EE-MD-0150
Docket / Court 1:16-cv-00595-CCB ( D. Md. )
State/Territory Maryland
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
On March 1, 2016, the EEOC filed this lawsuit under Title VII and Title I of the Civil Rights Act of 1991 against Pallet Companies in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland. The complaint was filed on behalf of a female employee who alleged she had been unlawfully discharged on the ... read more >
On March 1, 2016, the EEOC filed this lawsuit under Title VII and Title I of the Civil Rights Act of 1991 against Pallet Companies in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland. The complaint was filed on behalf of a female employee who alleged she had been unlawfully discharged on the basis of sexual orientation when she tried to file a complaint about sexual harassment. The EEOC sought monetary and injunctive relief.

The complaint alleged that, in 2014, the employee was sexually harassed by her supervisor regarding her sexual orientation as a lesbian. She filed a complaint about the harassment to Human Resources through the employee hotline. A Human Resources representative asked her to resign from her position. When she refused, she was discharged.

The parties immediately entered settlement discussions and jointly sought a stay on April 14, 2016. They settled the matter and jointly submitted a proposed consent decree. On June 28, 2016, Judge Catherine C. Blake signed off on that decree. The remedy included a payment of $182,2000 to the employee, which covered $7,200 in back pay with interest and $175,000 in nonpecuniary compensatory damages. Pallet Companies was also ordered to contribute $10,000 annually to the Human Rights Campaign for two years. In addition, the consent decree ordered the defendant to implement sexual orientation and a no retaliation policy. The agreement specified training, monitoring, and notice and posting standards for Pallet Companies to meet.

The decree provided that the court would retain jurisdiction over this matter and the parties for two years, until June 28, 2018.

Susie Choi - 01/22/2017


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Content of Injunction
Develop anti-discrimination policy
Discrimination Prohibition
Monitoring
Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law
Retaliation Prohibition
Training
Discrimination-area
Discharge / Constructive Discharge / Layoff
Harassment / Hostile Work Environment
Discrimination-basis
Sex discrimination
Sexual orientatation
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
General
Gay/lesbian/transgender
Retaliation
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
Defendant(s) Pallet Companies
Plaintiff Description EEOC, on behalf of a LGBT employee
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 2016 - 2018
Case Closing Year 2018
Case Ongoing Yes
Additional Resources
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  Smith Barney Gender Discrimination
https://www.lieffcabraser.com/employment/smith-barney/
Date: August 2008
By: Outten & Golden
[ Detail ] [ External Link ]

  Megacases, Diversity, and the Elusive Goal of Workplace Reform
Date: Mar. 1, 2008
By: Nancy Levit (University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law)
Citation: 49 B.C. L. Rev. 367 (2008)
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  Second Generation Employment Discrimination: A Structural Approach
Date: Apr. 1, 2001
By: Susan Sturm (Columbia Law School)
Citation: 101 Colum. L. Rev. 458 (2001)
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Docket(s)
1:16-cv-00595-CCB (D. Md.)
EE-MD-0150-9000.pdf | Detail
Date: 06/28/2016
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint [ECF# 1]
EE-MD-0150-0001.pdf | Detail
Date: 03/01/2016
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Consent Decree [ECF# 9] (D. Md.)
EE-MD-0150-0002.pdf | Detail
Date: 06/28/2016
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Blake, Catherine C. (D. Md.)
EE-MD-0150-0002 | EE-MD-0150-9000
Plaintiff's Lawyers Fox, Amber Trzinski (Maryland)
EE-MD-0150-0001 | EE-MD-0150-0002 | EE-MD-0150-9000
Lawrence, Debra Michele (Maryland)
EE-MD-0150-0001 | EE-MD-0150-0002 | EE-MD-0150-9000
Lee, James L. (District of Columbia)
EE-MD-0150-0001
Lopez, P. David (District of Columbia)
EE-MD-0150-0001
Reams, Gwendolyn Young (District of Columbia)
EE-MD-0150-0001
Salacuse, Maria (Maryland)
EE-MD-0150-0001 | EE-MD-0150-0002
Defendant's Lawyers Scully, Elizabeth Anne (District of Columbia)
EE-MD-0150-9000
Shaughnessy, Kevin W (Florida)
EE-MD-0150-0002 | EE-MD-0150-9000

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