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Case Name EEOC v. Crowne Plaza Hotel EE-MI-0042
Docket / Court 5:05-cv-00139-RHB ( W.D. Mich. )
State/Territory Michigan
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
IWPR/Wage Project Consent Decree Study
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
In September 2005, the EEOC's Detroit office filed this suit in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan against Crowne Plaza Hotel alleging that it had created a hostile work environment for employees of Mexican national origin in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act ... read more >
In September 2005, the EEOC's Detroit office filed this suit in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan against Crowne Plaza Hotel alleging that it had created a hostile work environment for employees of Mexican national origin in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The EEOC cited examples of verbal abuse, detrimental changes in working conditions and work assignments, as well as discharge due to discrimination against those of Mexican national origin.

The parties retained a facilitative mediator in early 2006 and were able to submit a consent decree to the court, which was subsequently approved, in July 2006. The decree awarded $20,000 to one complainant and $9,000 to another complainant. It also ordered the defendant to pay $20,000 to a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that benefits immigrant rights. The decree also enjoined the defendant from discriminating or retaliating based on national origin as well as required the defendant to institute training programs and report employee complaints to the EEOC for a period of two years. The settlement term was 2 years. The docket sheet does not show any further enforcement; the case was presumably closed in 2008.

Jason Chester - 08/13/2007
- 06/12/2017


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Content of Injunction
Discrimination Prohibition
Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law
Provide antidiscrimination training
Reporting
Retaliation Prohibition
Discrimination-area
Discharge / Constructive Discharge / Layoff
Harassment / Hostile Work Environment
Other Conditions of Employment (including assignment, transfer, hours, working conditions, etc)
Discrimination-basis
National origin discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
General
Disparate Treatment
National Origin/Ethnicity
Indian
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
Defendant(s) Crown Plaza Hotel
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 - 2008
Case Closing Year 2008
Case Ongoing No
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Docket(s)
5:05-cv-00139-RHB (W.D. Mich.)
EE-MI-0042-9000.pdf | Detail
Date: 07/31/2006
General Documents
Complaint
EE-MI-0042-0001.pdf | Detail
Date: 09/30/2005
Consent Decree
EE-MI-0042-0002.pdf | Detail
Date: 07/31/2006

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