Case: United States of America v. Columbus County, North Carolina

7:99-cv-00043 | U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina

Filed Date: March 16, 1999

Closed Date: 2001

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Case Summary

On March 16, 1999, the United States Attorney's Office filed a lawsuit against Columbus County under 42 U.S.C. § 2000e, et seq. ("Title VII") in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina. The Attorney's Office asked the court for injunctive and monetary relief, alleging that the defendant had violated Title VII, by discriminating against the charging party on the basis of gender.Specifically, the United States alleged that the Columbus County Department of Aging assign…

On March 16, 1999, the United States Attorney's Office filed a lawsuit against Columbus County under 42 U.S.C. § 2000e, et seq. ("Title VII") in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina. The Attorney's Office asked the court for injunctive and monetary relief, alleging that the defendant had violated Title VII, by discriminating against the charging party on the basis of gender.

Specifically, the United States alleged that the Columbus County Department of Aging assigned a female employee to work which would subject her to unwelcome and offensive touching of a sexual nature. The Department of Aging, likewise, refused to assign her alternative work or take appropriate actions to remedy the discriminatory treatment.

On March 23, 2006, the plaintiff and defendant filed a Settlement Agreement in which the County agreed that it would not practice any further unlawful discrimination or retaliation on employees based on sex, which was entered by the court (Judge James C. Fox). The defendant was further ordered to pay the charging party back pay and compensatory damages. The female employee declined to return to her position at the Department of Aging, therefore it was not required she be offered a job. However, she must be considered on the same basis should she apply for any future positions with the agency.

We have no further information.

Summary Authors

Jane Wu (10/16/2007)

People


Judge(s)

Fox, James Carroll (North Carolina)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Acker, G Norman III (North Carolina)

Cole, Janice McKenzie (North Carolina)

Fenton, William B. (District of Columbia)

Seeley, Sharon (District of Columbia)

Expert/Monitor/Master

Hill, James Earl Jr. (North Carolina)

Judge(s)

Fox, James Carroll (North Carolina)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Acker, G Norman III (North Carolina)

Cole, Janice McKenzie (North Carolina)

Fenton, William B. (District of Columbia)

Seeley, Sharon (District of Columbia)

Expert/Monitor/Master

Hill, James Earl Jr. (North Carolina)

Documents in the Clearinghouse

Document

Docket (PACER)

United States v. Columbus County

March 23, 1999 Docket
1

Complaint

March 16, 1999 Complaint
2

Settlement Agreement

March 23, 1999 Settlement Agreement

Docket

Last updated May 12, 2022, 8 p.m.

ECF Number Description Date Link

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(se) (Entered: 03/18/1999)

March 16, 1999

Case submitted to: Judge James C. Fox for review of the parties proposed settlement agreement and for consideration. (se) (Entered: 03/18/1999)

March 18, 1999

CASE FILE RETURNED from: Judge James C. Fox (se) (Entered: 03/23/1999)

March 23, 1999
2

Settlement Agreement filed by plaintiff USA, defendant Columbus County, North Carolina, cc:counsel. (se) (Entered: 03/23/1999)

March 23, 1999

Case closed NP (se) (Entered: 03/23/1999)

March 23, 1999

State / Territory: North Carolina

Case Type(s):

Equal Employment

Special Collection(s):

IWPR/Wage Project Consent Decree Study

Key Dates

Filing Date: March 16, 1999

Closing Date: 2001

Case Ongoing: No

Plaintiffs

Plaintiff Description:

U.S. on behalf of a female employee.

Plaintiff Type(s):

U.S. Dept of Justice plaintiff

EEOC Plaintiff

Attorney Organizations:

U.S. Dept. of Justice Civil Rights Division

Public Interest Lawyer: Yes

Filed Pro Se: No

Class Action Sought: No

Class Action Outcome: Not sought

Defendants

Columbus County (Columbus), County

Case Details

Causes of Action:

Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. § 2000e

Availably Documents:

Trial Court Docket

Complaint (any)

Injunctive (or Injunctive-like) Relief

Outcome

Prevailing Party: Mixed

Nature of Relief:

Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement

Damages

Source of Relief:

Settlement

Form of Settlement:

Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree

Order Duration: 1999 - 2001

Issues

General:

Disparate Treatment

Retaliation

Discrimination-area:

Harassment / Hostile Work Environment

Discrimination-basis:

Sex discrimination

Affected Gender:

Female