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Case Name EEOC V. WESTPHALEN INSURANCE SERVICES, INC. EE-OK-0018
Docket / Court 5:04-cv-01078-M ( W.D. Okla. )
State/Territory Oklahoma
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
The EEOC's Oklahoma City office filed suit on August 31, 2004 against Westphalen Insurance, Inc. on behalf of numerous Westphalen employees, who later intervened on October 12, 2004. The complaint cited that Westphalen violated Title VII by subjecting the employees to discrimination based on their ... read more >
The EEOC's Oklahoma City office filed suit on August 31, 2004 against Westphalen Insurance, Inc. on behalf of numerous Westphalen employees, who later intervened on October 12, 2004. The complaint cited that Westphalen violated Title VII by subjecting the employees to discrimination based on their sex (female) and created a hostile work environment, leading to constructive discharge and actual discharge for some employees based on retaliation. The defendant filed an unsuccessful motion for summary judgment and had its 12(b)(6) motion to dismiss partially granted. The case was settled on January 31, 2006 after the parties attended ADR and the court entered a consent decree shortly thereafter in February. In the consent decree, Westphalen agreed to the standard form of EEOC settlement agreements (training, anti-discrimination orders, notification to the EEOC of any further discrimination complaints, etc.). Furthermore, Westphalen agreed to pay all of the costs incurred by the charging parties as well as attorneys' fees, and damages of $65,000 to be divided among the charging parties.

Aaron Weismann - 05/30/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Content of Injunction
Auditing
Develop anti-discrimination policy
Discrimination Prohibition
Expungement of Employment Record
Implement complaint/dispute resolution process
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
Retaliation
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action State Anti-Discrimination Law
State law
Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
Defendant(s) Gary Westphalen
Westphalen Insurance Services, 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 2006 - 2009
Case Closing Year 2006
Case Ongoing No
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Docket(s)
5:04-cv-01078-M (W.D. Okla.)
EE-OK-0018-9000.pdf | Detail
Date: 05/10/2007
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint [ECF# 1]
EE-OK-0018-0001.pdf | Detail
Date: 08/31/2004
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Plaintiff Intervenors' Complaint [ECF# 15]
EE-OK-0018-0005.pdf | Detail
Date: 10/12/2004
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order (2005 WL 1384616) (W.D. Okla.)
EE-OK-0018-0011.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Date: 06/08/2005
Source: Westlaw
Order [ECF# 42] (W.D. Okla.)
EE-OK-0018-0022.pdf | Detail
Date: 09/29/2005
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order [ECF# 52] (W.D. Okla.)
EE-OK-0018-0015.pdf | Detail
Date: 10/24/2005
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order [ECF# 65] (W.D. Okla.)
EE-OK-0018-0023.pdf | Detail
Date: 01/18/2006
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Protective Order [ECF# 66] (W.D. Okla.)
EE-OK-0018-0024.pdf | Detail
Date: 01/18/2006
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
ADR [Mediation] Report [ECF# 69]
EE-OK-0018-0016.pdf | Detail
Date: 01/31/2006
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Administrative Closing Order [ECF# 70] (W.D. Okla.)
EE-OK-0018-0017.pdf | Detail
Date: 01/31/2006
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Consent Decree [ECF# 71-2]
EE-OK-0018-0018.pdf | Detail
Date: 02/13/2006
Joint Stipulation of Dismissal with Prejudice [ECF# 72]
EE-OK-0018-0019.pdf | Detail
Date: 02/13/2006
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order [ECF# 73] (W.D. Okla.)
EE-OK-0018-0020.pdf | Detail
Date: 02/15/2006
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order Granting Dismissal with Prejudice [ECF# 74] (W.D. Okla.)
EE-OK-0018-0021.pdf | Detail
Date: 02/15/2006
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Miles-LaGrange, Vicki (W.D. Okla.)
EE-OK-0018-9000
Plaintiff's Lawyers Anderson, Suzanne M. (Texas)
EE-OK-0018-9000
Robertson, Michelle M. (Oklahoma)
EE-OK-0018-9000
White, Edward L. (Oklahoma)
EE-OK-0018-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Kane, Susan F. (Oklahoma)
EE-OK-0018-9000
Smith, Curtis L. (Oklahoma)
EE-OK-0018-9000
Whitworth, Kelly L. (Oklahoma)
EE-OK-0018-9000

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