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Case Name EEOC v. American Home Furnishings, Inc. EE-AZ-0013
Docket / Court CIV 02 472 TUC CRP ( D. Ariz. )
State/Territory Arizona
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
The Phoenix District Office of the EEOC filed this case in the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona. The defendant was American Home Furnishings, Inc. It was alleged that the complainant was passed over for a promotion on the basis of her race in violation of Title VII of the Civil ... read more >
The Phoenix District Office of the EEOC filed this case in the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona. The defendant was American Home Furnishings, Inc. It was alleged that the complainant was passed over for a promotion on the basis of her race in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The lawsuit was filed in September 2002 and went to trial, with the jury returning a verdict for the plaintiff in March 2005. Before the case went to trial, the defendant made a motion for summary judgment, which was denied. After the verdict was returned, the defendant appealed, but the judgment was affirmed. EEOC v American Home Furnishings, Inc., 220 F. App'x. 704 (9th Cir. 2007). The complainant, who did not intervene in the case, was awarded a total of $120,000, and was given a promise of positive job references along with expungement of any mention of the incident from her personnel file. In addition, the company had to provide five training sessions, update its employee manuals and promotion procedures, and make semi-annual reports to the EEOC.

Kevin Wilemon - 07/29/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Content of Injunction
Discrimination Prohibition
Expungement of Employment Record
Neutral/Positive Reference
Provide antidiscrimination training
Reporting
Retaliation Prohibition
Discrimination-area
Promotion
Discrimination-basis
Race discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
General
Disparate Treatment
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Race
Race, unspecified
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
Defendant(s) American Home Furnishings, 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 outcome Not sought
Filed Pro Se No
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief Damages
Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Litigation
Filed 09/19/2002
Case Closing Year 2007
Case Ongoing No
Court Docket(s)
U.S. Court of Appeals
04/10/2007
05-15743
EE-AZ-0013-9001.pdf | Detail
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
D. Ariz.
05/31/2007
4:02-cv-00472-RCC
EE-AZ-0013-9000.pdf | Detail
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
D. Ariz.
05/12/2006
Order [Granting Equitable Relief] [ECF# 173]
EE-AZ-0013-0001.pdf | Detail
U.S. Court of Appeals
02/16/2007
Memorandum [Affirming District Court] (220 Fed.Appx. 704)
EE-AZ-0013-0003.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Source: Westlaw
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Judges Pyle, Charles R. (D. Ariz.) [Magistrate] show/hide docs
EE-AZ-0013-9000
Reinhardt, Stephen Roy (Ninth Circuit) show/hide docs
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Rymer, Pamela Ann (C.D. Cal., Ninth Circuit) show/hide docs
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Silverman, Barry G. (D. Ariz., Ninth Circuit) show/hide docs
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