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Case Name EEOC v. STEVEN T. COX, INC. d/b/a "COX CABINET COMPANY" EE-TN-0107
Docket / Court 3:99-cv-01184 ( M.D. Tenn. )
State/Territory Tennessee
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
The EEOC's Memphis office filed this suit against Steven T. Cox, once doing business as Cox Cabinet Company, on December 21, 1999 in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee, Nashville Division. Arete MDF, LLC was also joined because it purchased Cox Cabinet Company and all of ... read more >
The EEOC's Memphis office filed this suit against Steven T. Cox, once doing business as Cox Cabinet Company, on December 21, 1999 in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee, Nashville Division. Arete MDF, LLC was also joined because it purchased Cox Cabinet Company and all of its liabilities. The EEOC and the intervening complainant alleged sexual harassment in violation of Title VII. The defendant moved twice for summary judgment, but the motions were denied each time. EEOC, et al v. Steven T. Cox, Inc., et al, No. 3:99-1184, 2001 WL 34384461 (M.D. Tenn. June 28, 2001); EEOC, et al v. Steven T. Cox, Inc., et al, No. 3:99-1184, 2002 WL 32357095 (M.D. Tenn. July 19, 2002).

In 2002, the parties came to terms, and the court approved a consent decree on October 2, 2002. The consent decree is currently unavailable.

Jason Chester - 07/23/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
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 Anti-Discrimination Law
Defendant(s) Arete MDF, LLC
Steven T. Cox
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 Unknown
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree
Case Closing Year 2002
Case Ongoing No
Additional Resources
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  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
By: Susan Sturm (Columbia Law School)
Citation: 101 Colum. L. Rev. 458 (2001)
[ Detail ] [ External Link ]

Docket(s)
3:99-cv-01184 (M.D. Tenn.)
EE-TN-0107-9000.pdf | Detail
Date: 11/12/2002
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Memorandum (2001 WL 34384461 / 2001 U.S.Dist.LEXIS 25674) (M.D. Tenn.)
EE-TN-0107-0002.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Date: 06/28/2001
Memorandum Order (2001 U.S.Dist.LEXIS 25673) (M.D. Tenn.)
EE-TN-0107-0003.pdf | LEXIS | Detail
Date: 07/02/2001
Source: LexisNexis
Memorandum Order (2002 WL 32357095 / 2002 U.S.Dist.LEXIS 27160) (M.D. Tenn.)
EE-TN-0107-0001.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Date: 07/19/2002
Judges Nixon, John Trice Court not on record
EE-TN-0107-0003

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