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Case Name EEOC v. ABERCROMBIE & FITCH STORES INC EE-CA-0006
Docket / Court 3:04-cv-04731-SI ( N.D. Cal. )
State/Territory California
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
IWPR/Wage Project Consent Decree Study
Case Summary
In November of 2004, the EEOC district offices in Chicago and Los Angeles brought suit in U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, against Abercrombie & Fitch, a nationwide clothing retailer. The complaint alleged that the company violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act by carrying ... read more >
In November of 2004, the EEOC district offices in Chicago and Los Angeles brought suit in U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, against Abercrombie & Fitch, a nationwide clothing retailer. The complaint alleged that the company violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act by carrying out a pattern or practice of discrimination in hiring and promotion on the basis of sex, race, color, and national origin.

The case was consolidated with two class action suits brought by private plaintiffs (Gonzalez v. Abercrombie & Fitch, Case No. 03-2817 and West v. Abercrombie & Fitch, Case No. 04-4730). The case was settled, and a consent decree was given final approval by the court in April of 2005. Under the terms of the consent decree, Abercrombie agreed to pay more than $40 million into a settlement fund. The decree (the duration of which is six years) also provided for extensive injunctive relief, and Abercrombie is required to create an "Office of Diversity" to ensure that the company's hiring procedures and marketing materials reflect an appropriate racial and gender balance. The settlement additionally requires Abercrombie to submit compliance reports. The EEOC, along with the private plaintiffs' counsel and a Special Monitor appointed by the Court, are required to work closely with the company to oversee its compliance with the decree.

The consent decree was set to expire on April 14, 2011, but the plaintiffs sought an extension of the decree. The court ruled on April 6, 2011 that the decree would remain in effect until the court ruled on any appeals of the Special Master's orders on Motion for Resolution of Enforcement Proceedings. After the Special Master's order was issued, the plaintiffs appealed it, but it was affirmed by the court on June 23, 2011. As a result, presumably the consent decree ended in June 2011. Abercrombie submitted an expert report in March 2012, and as there is no further activity on the docket, presumably the case closed in 2012.

Jason Chester - 06/18/2008
Rachel Barr - 03/25/2018


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Content of Injunction
Comply with advertising/recruiting requirements
Develop anti-discrimination policy
Discrimination Prohibition
Follow recruitment, hiring, or promotion protocols
Goals (e.g., for hiring, admissions)
Implement complaint/dispute resolution process
Monitor/Master
Monitoring
Other requirements regarding hiring, promotion, retention
Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law
Provide antidiscrimination training
Recordkeeping
Reporting
Retaliation Prohibition
Utilize objective hiring/promotion criteria
Utilize objective job description
Discrimination-area
Discharge / Constructive Discharge / Layoff
Hiring
Other Conditions of Employment (including assignment, transfer, hours, working conditions, etc)
Promotion
Discrimination-basis
National origin discrimination
Race discrimination
Sex discrimination
General
Disparate Treatment
Pattern or Practice
National Origin/Ethnicity
Hispanic
Indian
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Private Plaintiff
Race
Asian/Pacific Islander
Black
Causes of Action State Anti-Discrimination Law
Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
Defendant(s) A & F California, LLC
A & F Management Co., Inc.
A & F Ohio, Inc.
Abercrombie & Fitch Stores, Inc.
Plaintiff Description Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, on behalf of one or more workers.
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status granted Yes
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 2005 - 2011
Filing Year 2004
Case Closing Year 2005
Case Ongoing No
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Docket(s)
3:04-cv-04731-SI (N.D. Cal.)
EE-CA-0006-9000.pdf | Detail
Date: 03/06/2012
General Documents
Complaint - Civil Rights Employment Discrimination [ECF# 1]
EE-CA-0006-0001.pdf | Detail
Date: 11/08/2004
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order Relating Cases [ECF# 5] (N.D. Cal.)
EE-CA-0006-0030.pdf | Detail
Date: 11/12/2004
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Stipulation of Proposed Settlement and [Proposed] Order of Preliminary Approval of Proposed Consent Decree [ECF# 101-1]
EE-CA-0006-0022.pdf | Detail
Date: 11/12/2004
Consent Decree [ECF# 101-2]
EE-CA-0006-0023.pdf | Detail
Date: 11/12/2004
EEOC Agrees to Landmark Resolution of Discrimination Case Against Abercrombie & Fitch
EE-CA-0006-0005.pdf | Detail
Date: 11/16/2004
Stipulation of Proposed Settlement and [Proposed] Order of Preliminary Approval of Proposed Consent Decree [ECF# 10] (N.D. Cal.)
EE-CA-0006-0029.pdf | Detail
Date: 11/17/2004
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Notice of Motion and Plaintiffs' Motion for Order Granting Approval of Consent Decree and Memorandum of Points and Authorities [ECF# 125-1]
EE-CA-0006-0025.pdf | Detail
Date: 04/11/2005
EEOC's Memorandum of Points and Authorities In Support of Plaintiffs' Motion for Order Granting Final Approval of Consent Decree [ECF# 16]
EE-CA-0006-0003.pdf | Detail
Date: 04/12/2005
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Notice of Filing and Plaintiff EEOC's Response to Objector Potter's Letter of April 12, 2005 [ECF# 17]
EE-CA-0006-0004.pdf | Detail
Date: 04/14/2005
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Consent Decree [ECF# 16]
EE-CA-0006-0008.pdf | Detail
Date: 04/15/2005
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Consent Decree [ECF# 141]
EE-CA-0006-0027.pdf | Detail
Date: 04/15/2005
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
[Proposed] Order Directing the Parties to File Under Seal the Court-Appointed Monitor's Report and Executive Summary (N.D. Cal.)
EE-CA-0006-0009.pdf | Detail
Date: 09/06/2006
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