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Case Name Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. Schott North America, Inc. EE-PA-0148
Docket / Court 3:06-cv-01246-JMM ( M.D. Pa. )
State/Territory Pennsylvania
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
On June 22, 2006, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) brought this lawsuit against Schott North America, Inc. in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania. The complaint alleged sex discrimination in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The ... read more >
On June 22, 2006, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) brought this lawsuit against Schott North America, Inc. in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania. The complaint alleged sex discrimination in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The defendant, a glass manufacturer, allegedly classified quality assurance workers in its Duryea facility according to gender. When it created a new quality assurance classification combining men and women, it allegedly gave preference to men in a variety of ways, including hiring more men than women, giving men an unfair advantage in its application system, and dismissing women instead of men. The EEOC sought injunctive and monetary relief as well as punitive damages against the defendant. The female complainants intervened in the EEOC's suit and alleged that the employers' policies resulted in disparate impact and disparate treatment of female employees. Judge James Munley was assigned to this case.

On November 5, 2007, the defendant moved for summary judgment. The defendant claimed that the plaintiffs offered no evidence of sex discrimination that would offer relief. The court, however, disagreed and denied this request on September 29, 2008. The parties underwent pre-trial proceedings on February 6, 2009, and jury trial was set for June 2, 2009. Before a trial could be held, on May 6, 2009, the parties informed the court that they had reached a settlement agreement.

About a month later, the court approved the parties’ consent decree. The court retained jurisdiction for three years to ensure compliance. This consent decree required that:
1. The defendant pay $1,450,000.00 to eleven individuals the plaintiffs identified as claimants.
2. The defendant would be prohibited from engaging in employment discrimination and retaliation.
3. The defendant was obligated to post notices on all bulletin boards to be visible to its employees.
4. The defendant was obligated to revise anti-discrimination and anti-harassment policies and complaint procedures
5. The defendant had to promote supervisor accountability in anti-employment discrimination efforts. This required the managers and supervisors to receive training, to report any incidents of employment discrimination, and to ensure compliance with the defendant’s policy.
6. The defendant had to provide anti-employment discrimination training to all its employees.
7. The defendant had to retain records of any and all employment discrimination complaints.
8. The defendant had to report regularly to EEOC to ensure compliance anti-employment discrimination efforts.

The court docket shows no further activity, and the consent decree duration has lapsed. Therefore, this case is closed.

Kevin Wilemon - 05/29/2008
Sean Whetstone - 06/18/2018


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Content of Injunction
Develop anti-discrimination policy
Discrimination Prohibition
Implement complaint/dispute resolution process
Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law
Provide antidiscrimination training
Reporting
Training
Defendant-type
Retailer
Discrimination-area
Discharge / Constructive Discharge / Layoff
Hiring
Other Conditions of Employment (including assignment, transfer, hours, working conditions, etc)
Promotion
Training
Discrimination-basis
Sex discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
No EEOC Final Resolution Type
Private Party intervened in EEOC suit
General
Disparate Impact
Disparate Treatment
Retaliation
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. § 2000e
Defendant(s) Schott North America, Inc.
Plaintiff Description Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, on behalf of one or more workers that were discriminated against because of their sex.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations EEOC
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Filed Pro Se 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 2009 - 2012
Filing Year 2006
Case Closing Year 2012
Case Ongoing No
Docket(s)
3:06-cv-01246-JMM (M.D. Pa.)
EE-PA-0148-9000.pdf | Detail
Date: 06/12/2009
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint [ECF# 1-1]
EE-PA-0148-0001.pdf | Detail
Date: 06/22/2006
Intervenor Complaint (2006 WL 5286347)
EE-PA-0148-0003.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Date: 08/30/2006
First Amended Complaint [ECF# 27] (2007 WL 522446)
EE-PA-0148-0002.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Date: 01/12/2007
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Memorandum [ECF# 35] (2008 WL 4452715) (M.D. Pa.)
EE-PA-0148-0004.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Date: 09/29/2008
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Consent Decree [ECF# 140] (M.D. Pa.)
EE-PA-0148-0005.pdf | Detail
Date: 06/12/2009
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Munley, James Martin (M.D. Pa.)
EE-PA-0148-0004 | EE-PA-0148-0005 | EE-PA-0148-9000
Plaintiff's Lawyers Anglade, Woody (Pennsylvania)
EE-PA-0148-0005 | EE-PA-0148-9000
Dougherty, Patrick E. (Pennsylvania)
EE-PA-0148-9000
Harr, Kathryn C. (Pennsylvania)
EE-PA-0148-9000
Lee, James L. (District of Columbia)
EE-PA-0148-0005
Locke, Cynthia A. (Pennsylvania)
EE-PA-0148-9000
Marino, Stephanie (Pennsylvania)
EE-PA-0148-9000
McDonough, Sean P. (Pennsylvania)
EE-PA-0148-9000
O'Boyle, Judith A. (Pennsylvania)
EE-PA-0148-0005 | EE-PA-0148-9000
Reams, Gwendolyn Young (District of Columbia)
EE-PA-0148-0005
Santillo, Andrew (Pennsylvania)
EE-PA-0148-9000
Winebrake, Peter D. (Pennsylvania)
EE-PA-0148-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Feldstein, Allison (Pennsylvania)
EE-PA-0148-0005 | EE-PA-0148-9000
Harris, Judith E. (Pennsylvania)
EE-PA-0148-9000
Myers, John J. (Pennsylvania)
EE-PA-0148-0005 | EE-PA-0148-9000

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