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Case Name EEOC v. CELANESE ACETATE LLC EE-SC-0007
Docket / Court 0:00-cv-03076-CMC ( D.S.C. )
State/Territory South Carolina
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection IWPR/Wage Project Consent Decree Study
Case Summary
On September 29, 2000 the EEOC filed this complaint against Celanese Acetate LLC. in the United States District Court for the District of South Carolina. It was assigned to Judge Cameron M. Currie. The EEOC alleged that the defendant discriminated against employees on the basis of race, in ... read more >
On September 29, 2000 the EEOC filed this complaint against Celanese Acetate LLC. in the United States District Court for the District of South Carolina. It was assigned to Judge Cameron M. Currie. The EEOC alleged that the defendant discriminated against employees on the basis of race, in violation of Section 706(f) of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Section 102 of the Civil Rights Act of 1991. A Black employee of that company, represented by private counsel, intervened pursuant to the same statutes and South Carolina common law on February 5, 2001, and the motion was granted on February 20. We don't have access to the pleadings in this case and as such, we don't have more specific information about the plaintiff's allegations.

After some litigation over discovery issues, which produced a May 14, 2001 order by the assigned Magistrate Judge Bristow Marchant, the defendants moved for summary judgment on September 28, 2001. However, before the court ruled, the parties entered into a consent decree on December 3, 2001.

The agreement provided that the defendant pay the individual plaintiff $75,000 and take various measures to prevent racial discrimination in its Rock Hill, South Carolina facility, including: trainings on federal anti-discrimination law, modifications to the company’s processes for investigating complaints of harassment, posting notices of the consent decree in facilities, and reporting of discrimination complaints and other monitoring by EEOC. The defendant also agreed to pay the individual plaintiff’s attorneys’ fees. The consent decree ran for three years, expiring on December 3, 2004. There have been no updates on the docket since that date and the case is now closed.

Jonah Hudson-Erdman - 09/29/2020


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Content of Injunction
Implement complaint/dispute resolution process
Monitoring
Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law
Provide antidiscrimination training
Training
Discrimination-area
Harassment / Hostile Work Environment
Discrimination-basis
Race discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
Private Party intervened in EEOC suit
General
Disparate Treatment
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Race
Black
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. § 1981
Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. § 2000e
Defendant(s) Celanese Acetate LLC
Plaintiff Description Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, on behalf of one or more workers.
Class action status sought Unknown
Class action status outcome Unknown
Filed Pro Se No
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief Attorneys fees
Damages
Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree
Order Duration 2001 - 2004
Filed 09/29/2000
Case Closing Year 2004
Case Ongoing No
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Court Docket(s)
D.S.C.
12/03/2001
0:00-cv-03076-CMC
EE-SC-0007-9000.pdf | Detail
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
D.S.C.
12/03/2001
0:00-cv-03076-CMC
EE-SC-0007-9001.pdf | Detail
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
D.S.C.
05/14/2001
Order [Regarding Plaintiff's Motion to Compel] [ECF# 27]
EE-SC-0007-0001.pdf | Detail
D.S.C.
12/03/2001
Consent Decree [ECF# 70]
EE-SC-0007-0002.pdf | Detail
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Judges Currie, Cameron McGowan (D.S.C.) show/hide docs
EE-SC-0007-9001
Plaintiff's Lawyers Sumter, Geraldine (North Carolina) show/hide docs
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Turnage, Edwin Lake (South Carolina) show/hide docs
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Defendant's Lawyers Brinson, K Kennedy (South Carolina) show/hide docs
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Morse, Clinton S (Virginia) show/hide docs
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Vovakes, Heather H P (Virginia) show/hide docs
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