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Case Name EEOC v. CROWDER CONSTRUCTION COMPANY EE-NC-0025
Docket / Court 3:00-cv-00186 ( W.D.N.C. )
State/Territory North Carolina
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
In April 2000, the Charlotte District Office of the EEOC filed this lawsuit against Crowder Construction Company in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina alleging discrimination on the basis of race, African-American, in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of ... read more >
In April 2000, the Charlotte District Office of the EEOC filed this lawsuit against Crowder Construction Company in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina alleging discrimination on the basis of race, African-American, in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Specifically, the complaint alleged that the defendant subjected the complainants, African-American employees, to racial slurs on the work site and one instance where a coworker allegedly approached one of the complainants with a noose. The complainants intervened in the lawsuit in June 2000 and January 2001. Following discovery and a failed motion for summary judgment by the defendant in April 2002, the case was tried by a jury in January 2003 with the jury returning a verdict in favor of the defendants. Judgment was entered for the defendant in February 2003. Thereafter, the EEOC and complainants filed motions to vacate the judgment and for a new trial, which were both denied in March 2003.

Daisy Manning - 11/19/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Discrimination-area
Harassment / Hostile Work Environment
Discrimination-basis
Race 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
Defendant(s) Crowder Construction Company
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 Defendant
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief None
Source of Relief None
Case Closing Year 2003
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)
3:00-cv-00186 (W.D.N.C.)
EE-NC-0025-9000.pdf | Detail
Date: 03/06/2003
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint
EE-NC-0025-0001.pdf | Detail
Date: 04/24/2000
Complaint in Intervention
EE-NC-0025-0002.pdf | Detail
Date: 07/07/2000
Order [Regarding Plaintiff-Intervenor Warren's Motion to Compel] (W.D.N.C.)
EE-NC-0025-0003.pdf | Detail
Date: 03/08/2001
Memorandum and Recommendation [Regarding Defendant's Motion for Summary Judgment] (2001 WL 1750843) (W.D.N.C.)
EE-NC-0025-0010.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Date: 10/26/2001
Memorandum and Order [Regarding Defendant's Motion for Summary Judgment] (W.D.N.C.)
EE-NC-0025-0004.pdf | Detail
Date: 04/01/2002
Verdict for John Augusta Warren
EE-NC-0025-0005.pdf | Detail
Date: 01/17/2003
Verdict for John Carlos Warren
EE-NC-0025-0006.pdf | Detail
Date: 01/17/2003
Verdict for Estate of Eddie Johnson
EE-NC-0025-0007.pdf | Detail
Date: 01/17/2003
Judgment (W.D.N.C.)
EE-NC-0025-0008.pdf | Detail
Date: 02/03/2003
Order [Regarding Motions to Set Aside the Verdict and For a New Trial] (W.D.N.C.)
EE-NC-0025-0009.pdf | Detail
Date: 03/06/2003

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