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Case Name EEOC v. Royal Wood Care Center EE-CA-0189
Docket / Court 2:05-cv-06795-ABC-PLA ( C.D. Cal. )
State/Territory California
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
In September 2005, the Los Angeles District Office of the EEOC and Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund brought this lawsuit against healthcare providers Royal Wood Care Center LLC, Fountain View Subacute and Nursing Center LLC, Fountain View Inc., Skilled Healthcare LLC (doing ... read more >
In September 2005, the Los Angeles District Office of the EEOC and Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund brought this lawsuit against healthcare providers Royal Wood Care Center LLC, Fountain View Subacute and Nursing Center LLC, Fountain View Inc., Skilled Healthcare LLC (doing business as Royalwood Care Center), Fountain View Holdings Inc., Fountain View Management Inc., Fountain View Subacute Nursing Center Inc., Fountain View Therapy Services Inc., The Royalwood Convalescent Hospital Inc., Skilled Healthcare Group Inc., Summit Care Corporation, an Summit Care Pharmacy, Inc. in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California alleging discrimination on the basis of national origin, Hispanic, in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. We do not have a copy of the complaint; therefore, the exact allegations are unknown. However, it appears from the judicial orders that the complainants alleged the defendants discriminated against Hispanic individuals in the compensation, terms, conditions and privileges of their employment based on their Hispanic national origin, primarily by requiring that English be spoken on the premises.

Following discovery and the defendants' filing for bankruptcy, the defendants filed a motion for summary judgment attempting to limit the scope of the case to only one of its facilities and limit liability for certain entities. The court partially denied the portion of the motion regarding limiting of the scope case. The court did, however, partially grant the motion, with regards to liability for some of the entities involved.

Following the filing of a number of joint status reports, the parties reached a settlement. The three-year consent decree was entered on April 13, 2009. The agreement required defendants to pay up to $450,000 in damages (initially $180,000 to class members, with additional money distributed based on class members completing or choosing not to complete an English course provided by defendants). Additionally, defendants agreed to be enjoined from discriminating on the basis of national origin and retaliating; provide neutral references for claimants; adopt policies to prevent discrimination; implement training about discrimination; provide information about diversity in the workplace; and comply with record keeping and reporting requirements to demonstrate adherence to the decree. There was no further litigation throughout the period of the consent decree and the case is presumably closed.

David Friedman - 05/27/2008
Rachel Barr - 01/05/2018


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Content of Injunction
Develop anti-discrimination policy
Discrimination Prohibition
Monitoring
Neutral/Positive Reference
Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law
Provide antidiscrimination training
Recordkeeping
Reporting
Retaliation Prohibition
Training
Discrimination-area
Discharge / Constructive Discharge / Layoff
Discipline
Other Conditions of Employment (including assignment, transfer, hours, working conditions, etc)
Pay / Benefits
Discrimination-basis
National origin discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
No EEOC Final Resolution Type
General
Disparate Treatment
National Origin/Ethnicity
Hispanic
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
Defendant(s) Does 1-10
Fountain View Holdings Inc.
Fountain View Inc.
Fountain View Management Inc.
Fountain View Subacute and Nuring Center LLC
Fountain View Subacute Nursing Center, Inc.
Fountain View Therapy Services Inc.
Royal Wood Care Center LLC
Skilled Healthcare Group Inc.
Skilled Healthcare LLC
Summit Care Corporation
Summit Care Pharmacy, Inc.
Summit Care-California, Inc.
The Royalwood Convalescent Hospital 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
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 2009 - 2012
Filing Year 2005
Case Closing Year 2012
Case Ongoing No
Docket(s)
2:05-cv-06795-ABC-PLA (C.D. Cal.)
EE-CA-0189-9000.pdf | Detail
Date: 04/13/2009
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Order Re: Defendants' Motion to Dismiss [ECF# 15] (C.D. Cal.)
EE-CA-0189-0001.pdf | Detail
Date: 03/01/2006
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order RE Plaintiff's Motion to Compel [ECF# 46] (C.D. Cal.)
EE-CA-0189-0002.pdf | Detail
Date: 03/13/2007
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Stipulated Protective Order - Discovery Matter [ECF# 47] (C.D. Cal.)
EE-CA-0189-0003.pdf | Detail
Date: 03/28/2007
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order Re: Summary Judgment [ECF# 146] (C.D. Cal.)
EE-CA-0189-0004.pdf | Detail
Date: 02/27/2008
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Consent Decree [ECF# 169] (C.D. Cal.)
EE-CA-0189-0005.pdf | Detail
Date: 04/07/2009
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Abrams, Paul L. (C.D. Cal.) [Magistrate]
EE-CA-0189-0003
Collins, Audrey B. (C.D. Cal.)
EE-CA-0189-0005 | EE-CA-0189-9000
Plaintiff's Lawyers Esparza-Cervantes, Elizabeth (California)
EE-CA-0189-9000
Johnson, Dana C. (California)
EE-CA-0189-9000
Noh, Sue J. (California)
EE-CA-0189-9000
Park, Anna Y. (California)
EE-CA-0189-0003 | EE-CA-0189-9000
Rojas, Cherry-Marie D. (California)
EE-CA-0189-9000
Viramontes, Victor (California)
EE-CA-0189-9000
Other Lawyers Chanin, Jamie (California)
EE-CA-0189-0003 | EE-CA-0189-9000 | EE-CA-0189-9000
Mackey, Thomas G (California)
EE-CA-0189-0003 | EE-CA-0189-9000 | EE-CA-0189-9000
Wilson, NIkki (California)
EE-CA-0189-0003 | EE-CA-0189-9000 | EE-CA-0189-9000

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