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Case Name EEOC v. Norstan Apparel Shops EE-FL-0089
Docket / Court 8:01-cv-00379-RAL ( M.D. Fla. )
State/Territory Florida
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
IWPR/Wage Project Consent Decree Study
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
In February 2002, the Tampa Area Office of the EEOC filed this lawsuit against Norstan Apparel Shops, Inc., doing business as Fashion Cents, in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida alleging discrimination on the basis of sex, female, in violation of Title VII of the Civil ... read more >
In February 2002, the Tampa Area Office of the EEOC filed this lawsuit against Norstan Apparel Shops, Inc., doing business as Fashion Cents, in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida alleging discrimination on the basis of sex, female, in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Specifically, the complaint alleged that the defendant retaliated against the plaintiff, a newly-hired female store manager, by firing her after she complained to store management on behalf of female employees about alleged sexual harassment in the store. The plaintiff intervened in the lawsuit in July 2001. Following extensive discovery, a partially successful motion for summary judgment by the defendant in July 2002, and a referral to mediation, the parties settled the lawsuit in September 2002 through a consent decree.

The three year decree required the defendant to: make compliance reports to the EEOC, retain records regarding complaints of retaliation for monitoring by the EEOC, expunge the complainant's employment record, agree not to discriminate or retaliate, post and distribute notice of employee rights, provide managers and supervisors with annual training, and pay the complainant $250,000 in backpay and emotional distress.

David Friedman - 01/15/2008


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Content of Injunction
Discrimination Prohibition
Expungement of Employment Record
Monitoring
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
Private Party intervened in EEOC suit
General
Disparate Treatment
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
State law
State Anti-Discrimination Law
Defendant(s) Norstan Apparel Shops, 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 2002 - 2005
Case Closing Year 2002
Case Ongoing No
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)
8:01-cv-00379-RAL (M.D. Fla.)
EE-FL-0089-9000.pdf | Detail
Date: 12/10/2002
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint
EE-FL-0089-0001.pdf | Detail
Date: 02/21/2001
Complaint of Plaintiff Intervenor
EE-FL-0089-0002.pdf | Detail
Date: 07/03/2001
First Amended Complaint
EE-FL-0089-0003.pdf | Detail
Date: 08/10/2001
Order [ECF# 24] (M.D. Fla.)
EE-FL-0089-0005.pdf | Detail
Date: 09/06/2001
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Plaintiff Intervenor's Second Amended Complaint
EE-FL-0089-0004.pdf | Detail
Date: 09/17/2001
Order [ECF# 29] (M.D. Fla.)
EE-FL-0089-0006.pdf | Detail
Date: 11/07/2001
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order [ECF# 41] (M.D. Fla.)
EE-FL-0089-0007.pdf | Detail
Date: 03/25/2002
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order [ECF# 75] (M.D. Fla.)
EE-FL-0089-0008.pdf | Detail
Date: 06/03/2002
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order [RE: Summary Judgment] [ECF# 106] (M.D. Fla.)
EE-FL-0089-0009.pdf | Detail
Date: 07/29/2002
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Consent Decree [ECF# 141]
EE-FL-0089-0010.pdf | Detail
Date: 12/10/2002
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
EEOC Press Release
EE-FL-0089-0011.pdf | Detail
Date: 03/18/2003
Judges Jenkins, Elizabeth A. (M.D. Fla.) [Magistrate]
EE-FL-0089-9000

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