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Case Name EEOC v. Hometown Buffet EE-CA-0101
Docket / Court 3:06-cv-02150-JM-JMA ( S.D. Cal. )
State/Territory California
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
On September 29, 2006, the Los Angeles District Office of the EEOC filed this suit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California. The plaintiffs sued Hometown Buffet Inc. under for violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Specifically, the plaintiffs alleged ... read more >
On September 29, 2006, the Los Angeles District Office of the EEOC filed this suit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California. The plaintiffs sued Hometown Buffet Inc. under for violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Specifically, the plaintiffs alleged sexual harassment and a hostile work environment. The plaintiffs sought injunctive relief, back pay, and punitive damages.

The defendant filed a motion for summary judgment or, alternatively, a motion for partial summary judgment. The EEOC filed a cross motion for summary judgment or, alternatively, a motion for partial summary judgment. On March 7, 2007, the court denied the defendant's motions and granted the EEOC partial summary judgment on the issue of the EEOC discharging its statutory obligation to conciliate before filing suit. 481 F. Supp. 2d 1110 (S.D. Cal. 2007).

The parties proceeded with discovery. On January 23, 2008, the defendant notified the court that it had started Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings.

Six months later, the defendant filed another motion for summary judgment, and the EEOC responded with a motion for partial summary judgment. The court set multiple dates to hear these motions, but they were continued at the parties' request. On July 21, 2009, the parties submitted a proposed consent decree to the court.

The next day, Judge Michael M. Anello approved the proposed consent decree put forth by the parties. The consent decree included monetary damages ranging from $25,000-$35,000 for each plaintiff and injunctive relief enjoining the defendant from future discrimination, harassment, or retaliation. Its effective period was two years, and there is nothing more on the docket - so presumably the matter ended in 2011.

Kevin Wilemon - 05/23/2008
Gabriela Hybel - 10/24/2016


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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
Implement complaint/dispute resolution process
Retaliation Prohibition
Training
Discrimination-area
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) Does 1-10
Does 1-10
Hometown Buffet, 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 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 - 2011
Case Closing Year 2011
Case Ongoing No
Additional Resources
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  Microsoft Gender Discrimination Class Action Lawsuit
Date: Oct. 14, 2016
By: Outten & Golden
[ Detail ] [ External Link ]

  Age Discrimination Class Action seeks Fair Employment for Older PwC Applicants
http://www.pwcagecase.com/
Date: Apr. 27, 2016
By: Outten & Golden
[ Detail ] [ External Link ]

  Smith Barney Gender Discrimination
https://www.lieffcabraser.com/employment/smith-barney/
Date: August 2008
By: Outten & Golden
[ Detail ] [ External Link ]

  Megacases, Diversity, and the Elusive Goal of Workplace Reform
Date: Mar. 1, 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
Date: Apr. 1, 2001
By: Susan Sturm (Columbia Law School)
Citation: 101 Colum. L. Rev. 458 (2001)
[ Detail ] [ External Link ]

Docket(s)
3:06-cv-02150-JM-JMA (S.D. Cal.)
EE-CA-0101-9000.pdf | Detail
Date: 05/20/2008
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint [ECF# 1]
EE-CA-0101-0001.pdf | Detail
Date: 09/29/2006
Order (481 F.Supp.2d 1110) (S.D. Cal.)
EE-CA-0101-0002.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Date: 03/06/2007
Source: Google Scholar
Proposed Consent Decree [ECF# 70-1] (S.D. Cal.)
EE-CA-0101-0003.pdf | Detail
Date: 07/21/2009
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Anello, Michael M. (S.D. Cal.)
EE-CA-0101-9000
Miller, Jeffrey T. (S.D. Cal.)
EE-CA-0101-9000
Plaintiff's Lawyers Garcia, Lorena (California)
EE-CA-0101-0003 | EE-CA-0101-9000
Liem, Connie (California)
EE-CA-0101-0003 | EE-CA-0101-9000
Nutter, Karen E. (Arizona)
EE-CA-0101-9000
Park, Anna Y. (California)
EE-CA-0101-0003 | EE-CA-0101-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Hoge, Charles T (California)
EE-CA-0101-0003 | EE-CA-0101-9000
Litteken, Lauren E (California)
EE-CA-0101-9000

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