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Case Name EEOC v. EARTHDATA INTERNATIONAL, INC. EE-MD-0031
Docket / Court CCB-06-2173 ( D. Md. )
State/Territory Maryland
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
In August 2006, the Baltimore Field Office of the EEOC brought this suit against EarthData International, Inc. (formerly known as EarthData Holdings, Inc.) in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland alleging discrimination on the basis of sex in violation of Title VII of the Civil ... read more >
In August 2006, the Baltimore Field Office of the EEOC brought this suit against EarthData International, Inc. (formerly known as EarthData Holdings, Inc.) in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland alleging discrimination on the basis of sex in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Equal Pay Act of 1963 (the "EPA"). Specifically, the complaint alleged that the defendant had paid the charging party, a female employee, lower wages than her successor, a male employee, because of her sex. After some scheduling orders, the parties settled in March 2007 through a consent decree.

The two-year consent decree contained a non-discrimination clause and required the defendant to: provide EEO training for all its employees, report to the EEOC at specified intervals, and pay $25,000 to the charging party.

Michele Marxkors - 07/23/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Content of Injunction
Discrimination Prohibition
Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law
Provide antidiscrimination training
Reporting
Discrimination-area
Pay / Benefits
Discrimination-basis
Sex discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
General
Disparate Treatment
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. § 2000e
Equal Pay Act, 29 U.S.C. § 206(d)
Defendant(s) EarthData International, Inc.
Plaintiff Description Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, on behalf of one or more workers.
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 2007 - 2009
Case Closing Year 2007
Case Ongoing No
Additional Resources
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Case Studies Megacases, Diversity, and the Elusive Goal of Workplace Reform
Written: Mar. 01, 2008
By: Nancy Levit (University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law)
Citation: 49 B.C. L. Rev. 367 (2008)
[ Detail ] [ External Link ]

  Second Generation Employment Discrimination: A Structural Approach
By: Susan Sturm (Columbia Law School)
Citation: 101 Colum. L. Rev. 458 (2001)
[ Detail ] [ External Link ]

Docket(s)
1:06-cv-02173-CCB (D. Md.)
EE-MD-0031-9000.pdf | Detail
Date: 03/29/2007
General Documents
Complaint
EE-MD-0031-0001.pdf | Detail
Date: 08/22/2006
Consent Decree [ECF# 11]
EE-MD-0031-0002.pdf | Detail
Date: 03/29/2007
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]

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