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Case Name EEOC v. G & N ENTERPRISES, INC. EE-SD-0002
Docket / Court 4:98-cv-04195-LLP ( D.S.D. )
State/Territory South Dakota
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
The EEOC's Denver district office sued G&N Enterprises, Inc., the parent company of the clothing and supply store Western Way Work Warehouse, on October 30, 1998 in the U.S. District Court for the District of South Dakota. The EEOC's complaint alleged that G&N violated Title VII by discriminating ... read more >
The EEOC's Denver district office sued G&N Enterprises, Inc., the parent company of the clothing and supply store Western Way Work Warehouse, on October 30, 1998 in the U.S. District Court for the District of South Dakota. The EEOC's complaint alleged that G&N violated Title VII by discriminating against the intervenor employee based on sex (female) when it created a hostile work environment through sexual harassment and retaliated against her by terminating her employment when she complained about her treatment. The EEOC and intervenor jointly filed for summary judgment in January 2000, which was denied a month later. The case went to trial in May 2000 and the jury returned a verdict of $205,202 in punitive and compensatory damages. The court reduced the punitive damages for the intervenor's sexual harassment claim by $50,000, resulting in monetary damages of $155,202. G&N appealed the judgment in the case in June 2000, which was dismissed by stipulation of the parties in October 2000.

The EEOC sought equitable damages after the resolution of the suit in May 2000, and following the stipulated dismissal of the appeal, the EEOC and G&N entered into a consent decree in November 2000. The consent decree stipulated that G&N would not participate in future harassment, would implement a sexual harassment policy, would post a notice of compliance with Title VII, and report sexual harassment claims to the EEOC every six months for the duration of the consent decree.

Aaron Weismann - 06/01/2007


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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
Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law
Provide antidiscrimination training
Reporting
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 law
Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
Defendant(s) G&N Enterprises, 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 Litigation
Settlement
Order Duration 2000 - 2003
Case Closing Year 2000
Case Ongoing No
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Docket(s)
4:98-cv-04195-LLP (D.S.D.)
EE-SD-0002-9000.pdf | Detail
Date: 11/09/2000
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint and Jury Trial Demand
EE-SD-0002-0001.pdf | Detail
Date: 10/30/1998
Complaint in Intervention
EE-SD-0002-0005.pdf | Detail
Date: 02/17/1999
Offer of Judgment
EE-SD-0002-0021.pdf | Detail
Date: 07/02/1999
Order Denying Plaintiffs' Motion to Partial Summary Judgment (D.S.D.)
EE-SD-0002-0013.pdf | Detail
Date: 02/17/2000
Stipulation for Dismissal [of Several Parts of P-I's Complaint]
EE-SD-0002-0014.pdf | Detail
Date: 05/04/2000
Order Dismissing Counts IV, V, VIII and IX of Complaint in Intervention (D.S.D.)
EE-SD-0002-0015.pdf | Detail
Date: 05/04/2000
Verdict Form
EE-SD-0002-0016.pdf | Detail
Date: 05/05/2000
Judgment (D.S.D.)
EE-SD-0002-0017.pdf | Detail
Date: 05/10/2000
Consent Decree
EE-SD-0002-0020.pdf | Detail
Date: 10/09/2000
Judgment
EE-SD-0002-0019.pdf | Detail
Date: 10/16/2000

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