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Case Name EEOC v. TARGET EE-PA-0158
Docket / Court 2:05-cv-05150-JCJ ( E.D. Pa. )
State/Territory Pennsylvania
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
The Philadelphia District Office of the EEOC brought this suit against Target Corporation in September 2005 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. The complaint alleged race discrimination in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Target, a retail ... read more >
The Philadelphia District Office of the EEOC brought this suit against Target Corporation in September 2005 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. The complaint alleged race discrimination in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Target, a retail sales store, allegedly subjected an African-American assistant manager to a hostile work environment, failed to promote him, and constructively discharged him because of his race. The charging party intervened in the law suit, and Target filed a motion for summary judgment that was not resolved before the parties settled. The parties entered into a consent decree in February 2007.

According to the EEOC's press release, "[t]he consent decree settling the lawsuit provides [the charging party] and a class of 13 African American employees with $775,000 and requires that all managers and supervisors at the Springfield store will receive training in the company's equal employment opportunity policies. The decree also requires Target to post a notice about the settlement; ensure that its complaint procedure is effectively communicated to the workforce; and take remedial action if an employee violates its equal employment opportunity policy." The decree's term was two years.

In 2009 and 2010, there was some kind of a dispute about whether some of the records in the case would be unsealed, but the parties in the end agreed that medical records appropriately remained sealed indefinitely; the court signed off on that stipulation in Feb. 2010. The case is closed.

Kevin Wilemon - 06/25/2008


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Content of Injunction
Develop anti-discrimination policy
Discrimination Prohibition
Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law
Provide antidiscrimination training
Recordkeeping
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
Race discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
Private Party intervened in EEOC suit
General
Disparate Treatment
Retaliation
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Private Plaintiff
Race
Black
Causes of Action State Anti-Discrimination Law
Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
Defendant(s) Target Corportation
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 2007 - 2009
Case Closing Year 2009
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 ]

Docket(s)
2:05-cv-05150-JCJ (E.D. Pa.)
EE-PA-0158-9001.pdf | Detail
Date: 03/01/2010
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint [ECF# 1]
EE-PA-0158-0001.pdf | Detail
Date: 09/28/2005
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Intervener Complaint [ECF# 13]
EE-PA-0158-0003.pdf | Detail
Date: 12/27/2005
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order [Denying Motion to Compel] (E.D. Pa.)
EE-PA-0158-0008.pdf | Detail
Date: 05/24/2006
EEOC Press Release
EE-PA-0158-0007.pdf | Detail
Date: 01/26/2007
Order [Denying Summary Judgment] (2007 WL 852332) (E.D. Pa.)
EE-PA-0158-0009.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Date: 01/31/2007
Consent Decree
EE-PA-0158-0011.pdf | Detail
Date: 02/02/2007
Source: District Court
Order (of Dismissal) (E.D. Pa.)
EE-PA-0158-0010.pdf | Detail
Date: 02/05/2007
Judges Joyner, J. Curtis Court not on record
EE-PA-0158-9001
Plaintiff's Lawyers Anglade, Woody (Pennsylvania)
EE-PA-0158-9001
Uebler, Julie A. (Pennsylvania)
EE-PA-0158-9001
Defendant's Lawyers Johnson, Michael E. (Minnesota)
EE-PA-0158-9001
Lewis, Donald M (Minnesota)
EE-PA-0158-9001
O'Connell, Barbara A. (Pennsylvania)
EE-PA-0158-9001
Schmitt, Joseph G. (Minnesota)
EE-PA-0158-9001

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