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Case Name EEOC v. Autozone Stores EE-FL-0009
Docket / Court 3:06-cv-00862-TJC-MCR ( M.D. Fla. )
State/Territory Florida
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
On September 29, 2006, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) brought this lawsuit against Autozone, Inc. in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida. The EEOC alleged sex discrimination in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and sought injunctive ... read more >
On September 29, 2006, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) brought this lawsuit against Autozone, Inc. in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida. The EEOC alleged sex discrimination in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and sought injunctive and monetary relief. More specifically, the complainant, a female employee who intervened in this lawsuit, was allegedly subjected to sexual harassment and then illegally discharged for asserting her rights. Judge Timothy Corrigan and Judge Monte Richardson were assigned to this case.

The defendant sought summary judgment, but the court denied this on July 1, 2008. Judge Corrigan ordered the case to be set for settlement conferences before Judge Richardson on July 28, 2008. After some settlement discussions, the parties came to an agreement. On December 24, 2008, the court approved the parties’ consent decree.

Pursuant to the consent decree, the court retained jurisdiction over the matter for two years. This decree required that:
1. The defendant was prohibited from engaging in conduct in violation of Title VII, and was prohibited from sex discrimination and retaliation.
2. The defendant was required to provide anti-discrimination training to its employees.
3. The defendant was required to pay the plaintiffs $150,000.00 for monetary relief. Around $100,000 went to the individual claimants, and $50,000 was to be used to cover attorney's fees.
4. The defendant had to report all complaints of sexual harassment or retaliation to the EEOC.
5. The defendant had to keep a record of all complaints of sex discrimination and retaliation for EEOC inspection.
6. The defendant had to post on its employee bulletin board a notice that would detail this lawsuit.

The two year consent decree was carried out without any further litigation. The case is now closed.

Kevin Wilemon - 05/27/2008
Sean Whetstone - 06/22/2018


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Content of Injunction
Develop anti-discrimination policy
Discrimination Prohibition
Expungement of Employment Record
Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law
Provide antidiscrimination training
Recordkeeping
Reporting
Retaliation Prohibition
Training
Defendant-type
Retailer
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
Retaliation
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action State Anti-Discrimination Law
Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. § 2000e
Defendant(s) Autozone, Inc.
Plaintiff Description Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, on behalf of one or more workers that were discriminated against because of their sex. The complainant intervened in this lawsuit. She was discriminated against because of her sex.
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 Attorneys fees
Damages
Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree
Order Duration 2008 - 2010
Filing Year 2006
Case Closing Year 2010
Case Ongoing No
Docket(s)
3:06-cv-00862-TJC-MCR (M.D. Fla.)
EE-FL-0009-9000.pdf | Detail
Date: 12/24/2008
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint
EE-FL-0009-0002.pdf | Detail
Date: 09/29/2006
Intervenor's Complaint and Demand for Jury Trail [ECF# 9]
EE-FL-0009-0001.pdf | Detail
Date: 12/18/2006
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order [Granting motion for Protective Order] (M.D. Fla.)
EE-FL-0009-0003.pdf | Detail
Date: 12/07/2007
Order [Denying Motion to quash and/or Motion for protective order] (M.D. Fla.)
EE-FL-0009-0004.pdf | Detail
Date: 12/18/2007
Order [granting Motion to compel] (M.D. Fla.)
EE-FL-0009-0005.pdf | Detail
Date: 02/22/2008
Consent Decree [ECF# 101]
EE-FL-0009-0006.pdf | Detail
Date: 12/24/2008
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Corrigan, Timothy J. (M.D. Fla.)
EE-FL-0009-0005 | EE-FL-0009-0006 | EE-FL-0009-9000
Richardson, Monte C. (M.D. Fla.) [Magistrate]
EE-FL-0009-0003 | EE-FL-0009-0004 | EE-FL-0009-9000
Plaintiff's Lawyers Boehringer, Maria Kate (Florida)
EE-FL-0009-9000
Cooper, Cheryl A (Florida)
EE-FL-0009-9000
Curtin, Nora E. (Florida)
EE-FL-0009-0006 | EE-FL-0009-9000
Gomez, Maritza (Florida)
EE-FL-0009-9000
Von Greiff, Carla J. (Florida)
EE-FL-0009-9000
Williams, Philip Daniel (Florida)
EE-FL-0009-0006 | EE-FL-0009-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Guckert, Jennifer Robbins (Louisiana)
EE-FL-0009-9000
Kaffer, Cecily L. (Alabama)
EE-FL-0009-9000
Wood, F. Daniel (Alabama)
EE-FL-0009-0006 | EE-FL-0009-9000
Woodford, Thomas J. (Alabama)
EE-FL-0009-9000

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