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Case Name EEOC v. SAFEGUARD MAINTENANCE CORP. EE-MD-0105
Docket / Court 1:06-cv-02264-RDB ( D. Md. )
State/Territory Maryland
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
IWPR/Wage Project Consent Decree Study
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
In August 2006, the Baltimore (along with the Philadelphia) office of the EEOC brought this Title VII and ADA suit against Safeguard Maintenance Corp. in the U.S. District of Maryland. The complaint alleged that the defendant discriminated against the claimants by subjecting them to sexual ... read more >
In August 2006, the Baltimore (along with the Philadelphia) office of the EEOC brought this Title VII and ADA suit against Safeguard Maintenance Corp. in the U.S. District of Maryland. The complaint alleged that the defendant discriminated against the claimants by subjecting them to sexual harassment because of their sex and taking tangible employment action (including discharge/constructive discharge) against the claimants. The defendant also made inquiries, prior to an offer of employment, as to whether the applicant had a disability or the severity of a disability. The claimants intervened in the suit in December 2006 adding claims under the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938, the Maryland Wage and Payment Act, and the MD Code Ann., Labor & Empl. sec. 3-420 through 3-505. The court dismissed the case because of a settlement in January 2007. The court entered a consent decree in February 2007 and the claimants voluntarily dismissed their complaints.

The three year consent decree required the defendant to refrain from discrimination and retaliation, pay the claimants $60,000, post notice, revise its sexual harassment policy, provide two hours of mandatory training for all managerial and supervisory employees, give the EEOC the right to monitor its compliance with the decree. The docket sheet doesn't show any further enforcement took place; the case was presumably closed in 2010.

Lionel Joiner - 07/10/2007
- 06/13/2017


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Content of Injunction
Discrimination Prohibition
Implement complaint/dispute resolution process
Monitoring
Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law
Provide antidiscrimination training
Reporting
Retaliation Prohibition
Discrimination-area
Demotion
Discharge / Constructive Discharge / Layoff
Harassment / Hostile Work Environment
Hiring
Other Conditions of Employment (including assignment, transfer, hours, working conditions, etc)
Discrimination-basis
Sex discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
General
Disparate Treatment
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. § 2000e
State law
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), 42 U.S.C. §§ 12111 et seq.
Defendant(s) Safeguard Maintenance Corp.
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
Filed Pro Se 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 - 2010
Filing Year 2006
Case Closing Year 2010
Case Ongoing No
Docket(s)
1:06-cv-02264-RDB (D. Md.)
EE-MD-0105-9000.pdf | Detail
Date: 02/21/2007
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Amended Complaint
EE-MD-0105-0001.pdf | Detail
Date: 10/04/2006
Intervening Plaintiff, Algering Jennings,' Amended Complaint
EE-MD-0105-0002.pdf | Detail
Date: 12/13/2006
Intervenor's Complaint [Plaintiff-Intervenor Jaculyn Ruffin] [ECF# 10-2]
EE-MD-0105-0003.pdf | Detail
Date: 12/13/2006
Consent Decree [ECF# 25]
EE-MD-0105-0004.pdf | Detail
Date: 02/09/2007
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]

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