Case: EEOC v. Venture, Inc. d/b/a Save-A-Lot

3:11-cv-00596 | U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi

Filed Date: Sept. 26, 2011

Closed Date: 2013

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Case Summary

On September 26, 2011, the EEOC filed a complaint in the Southern District of Mississippi on behalf of female employees who had worked for Venture, Inc. The EEOC asked the court for injunctive relief, pecuniary damages, punitive damages, and the commission's costs for the action, claiming that the defendant violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Title I of the Civil Rights Act of 1991. Specifically, the plaintiff claims that an employee of defendant sexually harassed female empl…

On September 26, 2011, the EEOC filed a complaint in the Southern District of Mississippi on behalf of female employees who had worked for Venture, Inc. The EEOC asked the court for injunctive relief, pecuniary damages, punitive damages, and the commission's costs for the action, claiming that the defendant violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Title I of the Civil Rights Act of 1991. Specifically, the plaintiff claims that an employee of defendant sexually harassed female employees, created a hostile work environment, propositioned female employees for sex, and that defendant failed to respond to complaints, ultimately firing an employee who complained.

On November 22, 2013, a consent decree was entered. Defendant did not acknowledge any wrongdoing but agreed to pay $325,000 to settle the claim. The amount paid to each employee was to be determined by the EEOC. The consent agreement also required defendant to implement policies to avoid future harassment, including by including of non-harassment criteria on employee evaluations, creating an anonymous complaint system, training employees on sexual harassment and their rights, and creating a reporting system that will track claims of such harassment. Defendant was required to notify its employees of the requirement placed upon it within sixty days and to report all complaints of sexual harassment to the EEOC every 180 days for 30 months.

Parties were to bear their own costs.

An objection to the consent decree was filed December 30, 2013.

Summary Authors

Chris MacColl (2/24/2014)

People


Judge(s)

Barbour, William Henry Jr. (Mississippi)

Walker, Robert H. (Mississippi)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Bean, Julie Steptoe (Alabama)

Lopez, P. David (District of Columbia)

Miller, Gerald Charles (District of Columbia)

Murray, Steven Lee (Alabama)

Reams, Gwendolyn Young (District of Columbia)

Smith, C. Emanuel (Alabama)

Varma, Maneesh (Alabama)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Higginbotham, Robert T (Mississippi)

Judge(s)

Barbour, William Henry Jr. (Mississippi)

Walker, Robert H. (Mississippi)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Bean, Julie Steptoe (Alabama)

Lopez, P. David (District of Columbia)

Miller, Gerald Charles (District of Columbia)

Murray, Steven Lee (Alabama)

Reams, Gwendolyn Young (District of Columbia)

Smith, C. Emanuel (Alabama)

Varma, Maneesh (Alabama)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Higginbotham, Robert T (Mississippi)

Threadgill, Timothy (Mississippi)

Other Attorney(s)

Crowley, Michael Todd (Mississippi)

Sanders, Edward (Mississippi)

Expert/Monitor/Master

Lee, James L. (District of Columbia)

Documents in the Clearinghouse

Document

Docket [PACER]

Dec. 30, 2013 Docket
1

Complaint

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. Venture Inc. d/b/a Save-A-Lot

Sept. 26, 2011 Complaint
8

Second Amended Complaint

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY COMMISSION v. VENTURE,INC.,D/B/A SAVE-A-LOT

2011 WL 11557936

Dec. 8, 2011 Complaint
129

Consent Decree

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. Venture Inc.

Nov. 22, 2013 Order/Opinion
130

ORDER OF DISMISSAL

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY COMMISSION v. VENTURE, INC. d/b/a SAV-A-LOT

2013 WL 7175415

Nov. 22, 2013 Order/Opinion

Docket

Last updated May 11, 2022, 8 p.m.

Docket sheet not available via the Clearinghouse.

State / Territory: Mississippi

Case Type(s):

Equal Employment

Key Dates

Filing Date: Sept. 26, 2011

Closing Date: 2013

Case Ongoing: No

Plaintiffs

Plaintiff Description:

EEOC sued on behalf of several female employees of sale-a-lot alleging sex based discrimination.

Plaintiff Type(s):

EEOC Plaintiff

Attorney Organizations:

EEOC

Public Interest Lawyer: Yes

Filed Pro Se: No

Class Action Sought: No

Class Action Outcome: Not sought

Defendants

Venture, Inc. d/b/a Save-A-Lot , Private Entity/Person

Defendant Type(s):

Retailer

Case Details

Causes of Action:

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

Availably Documents:

Trial Court Docket

Complaint (any)

Monetary Relief

Injunctive (or Injunctive-like) Relief

Outcome

Prevailing Party: Plaintiff

Nature of Relief:

Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement

Damages

Source of Relief:

Settlement

Form of Settlement:

Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree

Amount Defendant Pays: 325000

Order Duration: 2011 - 2013

Content of Injunction:

Monitoring

Monitor/Master

Implement complaint/dispute resolution process

Develop anti-discrimination policy

Recordkeeping

Issues

Discrimination-area:

Discharge / Constructive Discharge / Layoff

Harassment / Hostile Work Environment

Discrimination-basis:

Sex discrimination

Affected Gender:

Female

EEOC-centric:

Private Party intervened in EEOC suit