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Case Name Equal Employment Opportunity Comm v. David Lerner Assoc, Inc. EE-CT-0006
Docket / Court 3:05-cv-00292-MRK ( D. Conn. )
State/Territory Connecticut
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
In February 2005, the EEOC's Boston Area Office (with participation from the New York District Office) brought this action against David Lerner Associations, Inc. in the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut alleging discrimination on the basis of sex in violation of Title VII of the ... read more >
In February 2005, the EEOC's Boston Area Office (with participation from the New York District Office) brought this action against David Lerner Associations, Inc. in the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut alleging discrimination on the basis of sex in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The complaint alleged that the defendant subjected the charging parties, female employees, to a sexually hostile work environment resulting in their constructive discharges. The alleged discrimination consisted of unwelcome touching, offensive comments and gestures, pressure to wear provocative clothing, and threats of violent retaliation. The case was originally assigned to Judge Robert N. Chatigny and was reassigned to judge Mark R. Kravitz in September 2005. Three of the charging parties intervened with similar claims and prayers for relief in September 2005, and a fourth party intervened in November 2005.

The defendant moved to dismiss on May 24, alleging the plaintiff had failed to reconcile its claims in good faith. It alleged that the plaintiffs sought litigation over mediation from the start of the claim. On October 25, the court denied the motion to dismiss and the case proceeded to discovery. The parties held two unsuccessful settlement conferences before reaching a settlement in October 2006 through a consent decree.

The three-year decree, containing anti-discrimination and anti-retaliation clauses, required the defendant to: implement written Title VII policies and procedures, display EEOC-provided Title VII notices and posters, provide annual Title VII training for all employees, report to the EEOC at specified intervals, and pay a total of $1,500,000 in damages. In addition, the defendant's Chief Executive Officer was required to send a memorandum to all employees affirming the defendant's commitment to Title VII compliance.

Aside from a motion to release funds, the case has since been closed and inactive.

Michele Marxkors - 06/05/2007
Chelsea Rinnig - 03/21/2018


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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
Monitoring
Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law
Provide antidiscrimination training
Recordkeeping
Reporting
Retaliation Prohibition
Discrimination-area
Discharge / Constructive Discharge / Layoff
Harassment / Hostile Work Environment
Discrimination-basis
Sex discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
Private Party intervened in EEOC suit
General
Disparate Treatment
Retaliation
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action State Anti-Discrimination Law
Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
Defendant(s) David Lerner Associates, 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 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 2006 - 2009
Filing Year 2005
Case Closing Year 2009
Case Ongoing No
Docket(s)
3:05-cv-00292-MRK (D. Conn.)
EE-CT-0006-9000.pdf | Detail
Date: 09/25/2007
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint
EE-CT-0006-0001.pdf | Detail
Date: 02/17/2005
Complaint of Intervenors [Sheehan, Mead, and Carroll] [ECF# 27]
EE-CT-0006-0002.pdf | Detail
Date: 09/26/2005
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Ruling and Order on Motion to Dismiss (2005 U.S.Dist.LEXIS 25817) (D. Conn.)
EE-CT-0006-0005.pdf | LEXIS | Detail
Date: 10/27/2005
Complaint of Intervenor [Mrozik] [ECF# 38-2]
EE-CT-0006-0003.pdf | Detail
Date: 11/04/2005
Consent Decree
EE-CT-0006-0006.pdf | Detail
Date: 10/06/2006
Judges Garfinkel, William I. (D. Conn.)
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Kravitz, Mark R. (D. Conn.)
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Plaintiff's Lawyers Bagnell, Jeffrey S. (Connecticut)
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Lizana, Arnold J. (Massachusetts)
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Palmieri, Christine A. (New York)
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Poston, Sarah W. (Connecticut)
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Defendant's Lawyers Greenhaus, David (New York)
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Mancher, Mark S. (New York)
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Wice, Alison Jacobs (Connecticut)
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