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Case Name EEOC v. VALENTINO LAS VEGAS, LLC EE-NV-0042
Docket / Court CV-S-04-1357-JCM-PAL ( D. Nev. )
State/Territory Nevada
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
In September 2004, the Los Angeles District Office of the EEOC filed this lawsuit against Italian restaurant operators Giorgio Caffe & Ristorante, Valentino Las Vegas, LLC, and Valentino Santa Monica, LLC in the U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada, alleging discrimination on the basis of ... read more >
In September 2004, the Los Angeles District Office of the EEOC filed this lawsuit against Italian restaurant operators Giorgio Caffe & Ristorante, Valentino Las Vegas, LLC, and Valentino Santa Monica, LLC in the U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada, alleging discrimination on the basis of gender, female, in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Specifically, the complaint alleged the defendants subjected the complainants to a sexually hostile work environment, leading to the discharge of some complainants. Following some discovery, a settlement agreement, and the filing of several motions for summary judgment and dismissal by the defendants, the parties settled the lawsuit in October 2005 through a consent decree.

The three-year decree, containing agreements not to discriminate or retaliate, required the defendant to: report on complaints and make other compliance reports, keep records, hire an internal monitor, provide the complainants with a neutral reference, post and distribute notice of employee rights, provide EEO training, provide the EEOC with a list of female employees for a specified number of years, add compliance with EEO policies to managerial performance evaluations, and pay $600,000 to be distributed to at least five employees at the EEOC's sole discretion. Following the consent decree, the District Court terminated the lawsuit for want of prosecution in April 2007, but vacated the order and reopened it later that month. No further actions have been noted for the subsequent year.

Daisy Manning - 05/26/2008


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Content of Injunction
Discrimination Prohibition
Implement complaint/dispute resolution process
Monitor/Master
Neutral/Positive Reference
Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law
Provide antidiscrimination training
Recordkeeping
Reporting
Retaliation Prohibition
Discrimination-area
Discharge / Constructive Discharge / Layoff
Harassment / Hostile Work Environment
Discrimination-basis
Sex discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
General
Disparate Treatment
Pattern or Practice
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
Defendant(s) Giorgio Caffe & Ristorante
Valentino Las Vegas, LLC
Valentino Santa Monica, LLC
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 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 - 2008
Case Closing Year 2005
Case Ongoing Yes
Additional Resources
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Case Studies Megacases, Diversity, and the Elusive Goal of Workplace Reform
Written: Mar. 01, 2008
By: Nancy Levit (University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law)
Citation: 49 B.C. L. Rev. 367 (2008)
[ Detail ] [ External Link ]

  Second Generation Employment Discrimination: A Structural Approach
By: Susan Sturm (Columbia Law School)
Citation: 101 Colum. L. Rev. 458 (2001)
[ Detail ] [ External Link ]

Docket(s)
2:04-cv-01357-JCM-LRL (D. Nev.)
EE-NV-0042-9000.pdf | Detail
Date: 03/09/2009
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint [ECF# 1]
EE-NV-0042-0001.pdf | Detail
Date: 09/30/2004
EEOC Litigation Settlement Report - October 2005
EE-NV-0042-0003.pdf | Detail
Date: 10/13/2005
Consent Decree [ECF# 28]
EE-NV-0042-0002.pdf | Detail
Date: 10/13/2005
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Dismissal by Court for Want of Prosecution [ECF# 30] (D. Nev.)
EE-NV-0042-0004.pdf | Detail
Date: 04/19/2007
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Mahan, James C. Court not on record
EE-NV-0042-9000
Plaintiff's Lawyers Johnson, Dana C. (California)
EE-NV-0042-9000
Park, Anna Y. (California)
EE-NV-0042-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Zucker, Carol (Nevada)
EE-NV-0042-9000

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