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Case Name EEOC v. RLS Inc., d/b/a "SEBO's Do-It-Center" EE-WA-0080
Docket / Court 2:04-cv-02066-RSM ( W.D. Wash. )
State/Territory Washington
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
IWPR/Wage Project Consent Decree Study
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
In September 2004, the Seattle District Office of the EEOC brought this suit against RLS, Inc., d/b/a Sebo's Do-It-Center, in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington. The complaint alleged that the defendant subjected the charging party, a female employee, and other ... read more >
In September 2004, the Seattle District Office of the EEOC brought this suit against RLS, Inc., d/b/a Sebo's Do-It-Center, in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington. The complaint alleged that the defendant subjected the charging party, a female employee, and other similarly situated female employees to a sexually hostile work environment in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, resulting in the constructive discharge of the charging party. The charging party intervened in the suit in January 2005. After a scheduling order, the parties participated in mediation in late August 2005 and settled through a consent decree in mid September.

The three-year decree prohibited the defendant from retaliating and required the defendant to: provide the charging party with a positive employment reference, impose appropriate discipline upon those who discriminate, appoint an EEO coordinator, revise its employee appraisal process to include evaluation of employees' commitment to equal employment opportunity, provide sexual harassment training for all its employees, report to the EEOC at specified intervals, and pay $120,000 to the charging party. The docket sheet does not show any further enforcement took place; the case was presumably closed in 2008.

Michele Marxkors - 07/27/2007
- 06/15/2017


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Content of Injunction
Discrimination Prohibition
Neutral/Positive Reference
Provide antidiscrimination training
Reporting
Retaliation Prohibition
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
Disparate Treatment
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
State law
State Anti-Discrimination Law
Defendant(s) RLS, 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 2005 - 2008
Case Closing Year 2008
Case Ongoing No
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Docket(s)
2:04-cv-02066-RSM (W.D. Wash.)
EE-WA-0080-9000.pdf | Detail
Date: 11/21/2005
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint
EE-WA-0080-0001.pdf | Detail
Date: 09/30/2004
Intervener's Amended Supplemental Complaint for Damages for Harassment and Discrimination with Jury Demand
EE-WA-0080-0002.pdf | Detail
Date: 02/09/2005
Consent Decree
EE-WA-0080-0003.pdf | Detail
Date: 09/13/2005
Order Approving Consent Decree (W.D. Wash.)
EE-WA-0080-0004.pdf | Detail
Date: 09/14/2005
EEOC Litigation Settlement Report - September 2005
EE-WA-0080-0005.pdf | Detail
Date: 09/30/2005

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