Case: United States of America v. Prince George's County, Maryland

8:02-cv-03563 | U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland

Filed Date: Oct. 30, 2002

Closed Date: Oct. 23, 2005

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Case Summary

On the October 30, 2002, the United States filed a lawsuit under Title VII against Prince Georges County in the U.S. District Court of Maryland, alleging that the County's Fire Department discriminated against an employee on the basis of her sex. Specifically, the United States contended that this female employee was subject to subject to harassment. Furthermore, the United States alleged that Prince Georges County retaliated against this employee because she complained to officials in the Coun…

On the October 30, 2002, the United States filed a lawsuit under Title VII against Prince Georges County in the U.S. District Court of Maryland, alleging that the County's Fire Department discriminated against an employee on the basis of her sex. Specifically, the United States contended that this female employee was subject to subject to harassment. Furthermore, the United States alleged that Prince Georges County retaliated against this employee because she complained to officials in the County Fire Department. The defendant imposed an operational suspension on her, transferred her to a less desirable assignment resulting in a loss of pay, and issued a disciplinary letter of unsatisfactory performance. The United States sought remedial and injunctive relief.

The EEOC investigated the charge, found reasonable cause to believe that the allegation of national origin discrimination was true, attempted unsuccessfully to achieve through conciliation a voluntary resolution of the charge and subsequently referred the matter to the Department of Justice.

On October 23, 2003 the United States and the defendant agreed to enter a consent decree, which was entered by the district court (Judge Deborah Chasanow). The County offered the female employee a monetary award, retirement badge and certificate, and expunged the notice of operational suspension and the disciplinary letter from her personnel files. In order to accept this relief, the female employee had to execute a release. The consent decree also provided that the County will provide mandatory training regarding sexual harassment and retaliation for all non-supervisory Fire Department employees and supervisory training for all County supervisors. The County also must amend the job description of all supervisors to include a duty to know and enforce the law regarding sexual harassment and retaliation. The County further must appoint a Fire Department EEO officer that will be capable of receiving complaints of sexual harassment and retaliation from Fire Department employees. Finally, the County will use all lawful means available to ensure that there will be no displays or presentation of pornographic material including videos, television, computer-generated displays and pictures, in all fire stations where employees would spend time.

The consent decree is expired and the case is closed.

Summary Authors

Dana Schwarz (10/30/2007)

People


Judge(s)

Chasanow, Deborah K. (Maryland)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Acosta, R. Alexander (District of Columbia)

Danis, Jodi B (District of Columbia)

Dibiagio, Thomas M. (Maryland)

Ehrlich, Anat (District of Columbia)

Fenton, William B. (District of Columbia)

Huesman, Jennifer Lilore (New Jersey)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Mellin, Robert James (Maryland)

Expert/Monitor/Master

Boyd, Ralph F. Jr. (District of Columbia)

Judge(s)

Chasanow, Deborah K. (Maryland)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Acosta, R. Alexander (District of Columbia)

Danis, Jodi B (District of Columbia)

Dibiagio, Thomas M. (Maryland)

Ehrlich, Anat (District of Columbia)

Fenton, William B. (District of Columbia)

Huesman, Jennifer Lilore (New Jersey)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Mellin, Robert James (Maryland)

Expert/Monitor/Master

Boyd, Ralph F. Jr. (District of Columbia)

Documents in the Clearinghouse

Document

8:02-cv-03563

Docket (PACER)

United States v. Prince George's

Oct. 24, 2005

Oct. 24, 2005

Docket
1

8:02-cv-03563

Complaint and Demand For Jury Trial

Oct. 30, 2002

Oct. 30, 2002

Complaint
16

8:02-cv-03563

Consent Decree

Oct. 23, 2003

Oct. 23, 2003

Settlement Agreement

Resources

Docket

Last updated July 22, 2022, 3:02 a.m.

ECF Number Description Date Link Date / Link
1

COMPLAINT filed; (raf, Deputy Clerk) (Entered: 11/01/2002)

Oct. 30, 2002

Oct. 30, 2002

1

DEMAND for jury trial by USA (raf, Deputy Clerk) (Entered: 11/01/2002)

Oct. 30, 2002

Oct. 30, 2002

2

NOTICE OF LAWSUIT AND REQUEST FOR WAIVER of service of SUMMONS as to Prince George's (ljs, Deputy Clerk) (Entered: 11/04/2002)

Oct. 30, 2002

Oct. 30, 2002

3

NOTICE of attorney appearance for United States by Jodi B Danis (c/s) (rank, Deputy Clerk) (Entered: 11/25/2002)

Nov. 21, 2002

Nov. 21, 2002

4

ANSWER to Complaint by Prince George's (Attorney Robert James Mellin II), (c/s) (rank, Deputy Clerk) (Entered: 01/14/2003)

Jan. 13, 2003

Jan. 13, 2003

5

SCHEDULING ORDER ( signed by Judge Deborah K. Chasanow ) dated 1/15/03 (c/i 1/16/03) (rank, Deputy Clerk) (Entered: 01/16/2003)

Jan. 16, 2003

Jan. 16, 2003

**Renotice document [5-1] Scheduling order (mib, Deputy Clerk) (Entered: 01/23/2003)

Jan. 23, 2003

Jan. 23, 2003

6

MOTION by United States for Anat Ehrlich to Appear Pro Hac Vice (rank, Deputy Clerk) (Entered: 02/10/2003)

Feb. 5, 2003

Feb. 5, 2003

6

ORDER granting [6-1] motion for Anat Ehrlich to Appear Pro Hac Vice ( signed by the Clerk ) dated 2/5/03 (c/i 2/10/03) (rank, Deputy Clerk) (Entered: 02/10/2003)

Feb. 5, 2003

Feb. 5, 2003

7

Request for Status Report. Status Report due by 7/11/2003. (mlm, Chambers) (Entered: 06/24/2003)

June 24, 2003

June 24, 2003

8

STATUS REPORT by Prince George's County, Maryland, United States. (Ehrlich, Anat) (Entered: 07/11/2003)

July 11, 2003

July 11, 2003

9

Paperless ORDER APPROVING 8 Status Report filed by United States, Prince George's County, Maryland, and ORDER STAYING CASE. Counsel are directed to submit status reports on the 15th day of each month. Signed by Judge Deborah K. Chasanow on 7/11/03. (Chasanow, Deborah) (Entered: 07/11/2003)

July 11, 2003

July 11, 2003

10

STATUS REPORT by Prince George's County, Maryland, United States. (Ehrlich, Anat) (Entered: 08/14/2003)

Aug. 14, 2003

Aug. 14, 2003

11

STATUS REPORT by Prince George's County, Maryland, United States. (Ehrlich, Anat) (Entered: 09/11/2003)

Sept. 11, 2003

Sept. 11, 2003

12

STATUS REPORT by Prince George's County, Maryland, United States. (Ehrlich, Anat) (Entered: 10/15/2003)

Oct. 15, 2003

Oct. 15, 2003

13

SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT with Order Entering Agreement by Prince George's County, Maryland, United States. (Ehrlich, Anat) (Entered: 10/22/2003)

Oct. 22, 2003

Oct. 22, 2003

14

STIPULATION for Retention of Court's Jurisdiction over Settlement Agreement by Prince George's County, Maryland, United States. (Ehrlich, Anat) (Entered: 10/22/2003)

Oct. 22, 2003

Oct. 22, 2003

15

Correspondence re: Recently Filed Settlement Agreement and Stipulation for Retention of Court's Jurisdiction over Settlement Agreement (Ehrlich, Anat) (Entered: 10/22/2003)

Oct. 22, 2003

Oct. 22, 2003

16

CONSENT DECREE and ORDER. Signed by Judge Deborah K. Chasanow on 10/23/03. and Appendix A and B(ranks, Deputy Clerk) (Entered: 10/23/2003)

Oct. 23, 2003

Oct. 23, 2003

17

ORDER "ADMINISTRATIVELY CLOSING' this case, as therein set forth and "DIRECTING" counsel to submit a status report no later than 11/1/05. Signed by Judge Deborah K. Chasanow on 10/23/03. (rank, Deputy Clerk) Modified on 10/24/2003 (lad3, Deputy Clerk). (Entered: 10/23/2003)

Oct. 23, 2003

Oct. 23, 2003

18

STATUS REPORT by United States. (Ehrlich, Anat) (Entered: 11/03/2003)

Nov. 3, 2003

Nov. 3, 2003

19

Joint MOTION for Extension of Time To Complete Training by Prince George's County, Maryland, United States. Responses due by 4/26/2004 (Ehrlich, Anat) (Entered: 04/07/2004)

April 7, 2004

April 7, 2004

20

MOTION for Extension of Time (Proposed Order Granting Motion for Extension of Time to Complete Training by Prince George's County, Maryland, United States. Responses due by 4/26/2004 (Ehrlich, Anat) (Entered: 04/07/2004)

April 7, 2004

April 7, 2004

21

PAPERLESS ORDER granting 19 Motion for Extension of Time, granting 20 Motion for Extension of Time (Order). Signed by Judge Deborah K. Chasanow on 4/7/04. (Chasanow, Deborah) (Entered: 04/07/2004)

April 7, 2004

April 7, 2004

22

Joint MOTION for Extension of Time of Consent Decree by Prince George's County, Maryland, United States. Responses due by 11/7/2005 (Attachments: # 1 Consent Decree# 2Proposed Order (Danis, Jodi) (rank, Deputy Clerk). (Entered: 10/21/2005)

Oct. 21, 2005

Oct. 21, 2005

23

PAPERLESS ORDER "GRANTING" 22 Joint Motion for Extension of Consent Decree. Consent Decree expiration extended to January 23, 2006. Signed by Judge Deborah K. Chasanow on 10/24/05. (Chasanow, Deborah) (Entered: 10/24/2005)

Oct. 24, 2005

Oct. 24, 2005

Case Details

State / Territory: Maryland

Case Type(s):

Equal Employment

Special Collection(s):

IWPR/Wage Project Consent Decree Study

Key Dates

Filing Date: Oct. 30, 2002

Closing Date: Oct. 23, 2005

Case Ongoing: No

Plaintiffs

Plaintiff Description:

U.S. on behalf of fire department employees

Plaintiff Type(s):

U.S. Dept of Justice 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

Prince Georges County (Prince George's, Prince George's), County

Defendant Type(s):

Fire

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: 2003 - 2006

Issues

General:

Disparate Treatment

Retaliation

Discrimination-area:

Demotion

Discipline

Harassment / Hostile Work Environment

Discrimination-basis:

Sex discrimination

Affected Gender:

Female