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Case Name EEOC v. Great Steaks, Inc. d/b/a "Austin's Restaurant" EE-NC-0005
Docket / Court 1:05-cv-00744-NCT-RAE ( M.D. N.C. )
State/Territory North Carolina
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
In August 2005, the Charlotte District Office of the EEOC brought suit in U.S. District Court, North Carolina Middle District, against Great Steaks, Inc. and Clipper Seafood Restaurant Inc., two companies which were jointly operating Austin's Restaurant in North Carolina. The suit alleged that the ... read more >
In August 2005, the Charlotte District Office of the EEOC brought suit in U.S. District Court, North Carolina Middle District, against Great Steaks, Inc. and Clipper Seafood Restaurant Inc., two companies which were jointly operating Austin's Restaurant in North Carolina. The suit alleged that the defendants subjected female employees to unwelcome sexual contact and verbal sexual harassment in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act.

In December of 2006, the case against Clipper Seafood was voluntarily dismissed. In December of 2007, Great Steaks moved for summary judgment. Disputes over the defendant's briefs (including their font size and the content of their supporting affidavits) stretched into April of 2008.

On September 8, 2008, the court denied the defendant's motion for summary judgment. Then on December 29, 2009, the jury found in favor of the defendant. The EEOC asked the judge to set aside the jury's verdict, but the court refused, and dismissed plaintiff's claims.

On June 2, 2009, the court denied the defendant attorney's fees and costs.

Jason Chester - 05/28/2008
Sean Whetstone - 05/21/2018


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Discrimination-area
Discharge / Constructive Discharge / Layoff
Harassment / Hostile Work Environment
Discrimination-basis
Sex discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
No EEOC Final Resolution Type
General
Disparate Treatment
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
Defendant(s) Clipper Seafood Restaurant
Great Steaks, 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 Defendant
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief None
Source of Relief None
Case Closing Year 2009
Case Ongoing No
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Docket(s)
1:05-cv-00744-NCT-RAE (M.D. N.C.)
EE-NC-0005-9000.pdf | Detail
Date: 03/19/2012
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint [ECF# 1]
EE-NC-0005-0001.pdf | Detail
Date: 08/26/2005
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order [ECF# 60] (M.D. N.C.)
EE-NC-0005-0002.pdf | Detail
Date: 09/08/2008
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order [ECF# 121] (M.D. N.C.)
EE-NC-0005-0003.pdf | Detail
Date: 06/02/2010
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Beaty, James A. Jr. (M.D. N.C.)
EE-NC-0005-0002 | EE-NC-0005-0003 | EE-NC-0005-9000
Dixon, Wallace W. (M.D. N.C.) [Magistrate]
EE-NC-0005-9000
Plaintiff's Lawyers Barnes, Lynette (North Carolina)
EE-NC-0005-9000
Dreiband, Eric S. (District of Columbia)
EE-NC-0005-9000
Lee, James L. (District of Columbia)
EE-NC-0005-9000
Mahood, Zoe G. (North Carolina)
EE-NC-0005-9000
Reams, Gwendolyn Young (District of Columbia)
EE-NC-0005-9000
Zimmerman, Katherine Abigail (North Carolina)
EE-NC-0005-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Hamlet, Fred T. (North Carolina)
EE-NC-0005-9000

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