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Docket / Court 04-CV-0052E(SC) ( W.D.N.Y. )
State/Territory New York
Case Type(s) Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
IWPR/Wage Project Consent Decree Study
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
In January 2004, the New York District Office of the EEOC brought this lawsuit against SPS Temporaries, Inc. and Professional Personnel Management Corporation, temporary employment service providers, and two of their clients, Jamestown Container Companies and Whiting Door Manufacturing Corp., in ... read more >
In January 2004, the New York District Office of the EEOC brought this lawsuit against SPS Temporaries, Inc. and Professional Personnel Management Corporation, temporary employment service providers, and two of their clients, Jamestown Container Companies and Whiting Door Manufacturing Corp., in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York, alleging discrimination and retaliation in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, and the Americans with Disabilities Act. Specifically, the EEOC alleged that the defendants were assigning temporary employees based upon discriminatory requests for client companies, failed to employ persons based upon questionnaire information indicating the potential employee was disabled, and refusing to assign work to a temporary employee who was pregnant. Following some discovery and several settlement conferences, the parties settled the lawsuit through a series of consent decrees in November 2005.

The four and three year consent decrees, containing anti-discrimination and retaliation clauses, required the defendants to: make reports based upon complaints and make other compliance reports, keep records, allow access to the EEOC for monitoring, appoint a monitor, develop anti-discrimination policies, utilize objective job descriptions and hiring criteria, follow hiring protocols, comply with advertising requirements, post and distribute notice of rights to employees, temporary employees, and clients hiring temporary employees, provide annual EEO training, include Decree compliance with other criteria for managerial performance reviews, and contribute $580,000 to a Claims fund, to be distributed among an initial three complainants plus all other class members to be determined.

David Friedman - 01/25/2008

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Issues and Causes of Action
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Affected Gender
Content of Injunction
Comply with advertising/recruiting requirements
Develop anti-discrimination policy
Discrimination Prohibition
Follow recruitment, hiring, or promotion protocols
Implement complaint/dispute resolution process
Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law
Provide antidiscrimination training
Retaliation Prohibition
Utilize objective hiring/promotion criteria
Utilize objective job description
Discharge / Constructive Discharge / Layoff
Other Conditions of Employment (including assignment, transfer, hours, working conditions, etc)
Age discrimination
Disability (inc. reasonable accommodations)
National origin discrimination
Pregnancy discrimination
Race discrimination
Sex discrimination
Direct Suit on Merits
Disparate Treatment
Pattern or Practice
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. § 2000e
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), 42 U.S.C. §§ 12111 et seq.
Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), 29 U.S.C. §§ 621 et seq.
Defendant(s) Jamestown Container Companies
Jamestown Container Corp.
Jamestown Container Corp.
Professional Personnel Management Corporation
Professional Personnel Management Corporation
SPS Temporaries, Inc.
SPS Temporaries, Inc.
Whiting Door Manufacturing Corp.
Whiting Door Manufacturing Corp.
Plaintiff Description Any person who claims to have applied for temporary employment with SPS/PPMC between January 1, 1999 and the effective date of the decree shall be considered a potential class member.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations EEOC
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status granted Yes
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 - 2009
Case Closing Year 2005
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 ]

1:04-cv-00052-JTE (W.D.N.Y.) 12/13/2006
EE-NY-0146-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint and Jury Trial Demand 01/27/2004
EE-NY-0146-0001.pdf | Detail
First Amended Complaint and Jury Trial Demand 04/05/2004
EE-NY-0146-0002.pdf | Detail
EEOC Press Release 11/17/2005
EE-NY-0146-0006.pdf | Detail
Consent Decree [EEOC and TPS Temporaries, Inc and Professional Personnel Management Corporation] 11/22/2005
EE-NY-0146-0003.pdf | Detail
Consent Decree [EEOC and Jamestown Container Lockport] 11/22/2005
EE-NY-0146-0004.pdf | Detail
Consent Decree [EEOC and Whiting Door Manufacturing Corp] 11/22/2005
EE-NY-0146-0005.pdf | Detail
EEOC Litigation Settlement Report 11/22/2005
EE-NY-0146-0007.pdf | Detail
Document Source:
Order 12/13/2006 (W.D.N.Y.)
EE-NY-0146-0008.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Bianchini, Victor E. (S.D. Cal., N.D.N.Y.) [Magistrate]
Elfvin, John Thomas (W.D.N.Y.)
EE-NY-0146-0003 | EE-NY-0146-0004 | EE-NY-0146-0005 | EE-NY-0146-0008 | EE-NY-0146-9000
Scott, Hugh B. (W.D.N.Y.)
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Bissell, Katherine (New York)
EE-NY-0146-0001 | EE-NY-0146-0002 | EE-NY-0146-9000
Dreiband, Eric S. (District of Columbia)
EE-NY-0146-0001 | EE-NY-0146-0002
Grossman, Elizabeth (New York)
EE-NY-0146-0003 | EE-NY-0146-0004 | EE-NY-0146-0005
Lee, James L. (District of Columbia)
EE-NY-0146-0001 | EE-NY-0146-0002
Reams, Gwendolyn Young (District of Columbia)
EE-NY-0146-0001 | EE-NY-0146-0002
Rose, Robert D. (New York)
EE-NY-0146-0001 | EE-NY-0146-0002 | EE-NY-0146-0003 | EE-NY-0146-0004 | EE-NY-0146-0005 | EE-NY-0146-9000
Sirkin, Lisa (New York)
EE-NY-0146-0001 | EE-NY-0146-0002 | EE-NY-0146-0003 | EE-NY-0146-0004 | EE-NY-0146-0005
Defendant's Lawyers Braden, Richard A. (New York)
Brydges, Thomas E (New York)
Doren, Robert A (New York)
Feinstein, Joshua Isaac (New York)
McIntyre, Philip H. (New York)
Perry, Adam W (New York)
Other Lawyers None on record

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