Case: EEOC v. PROLEASE HR, INC.

1:03-cv-02240 | U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland

Filed Date: Aug. 1, 2003

Closed Date: April 13, 2005

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Case Summary

EEOC's Baltimore, MD office filed this sexual harassment and retaliation lawsuit against the defendants, Valleywood Industries, Inc. (dba Pallet Masters) and Prolease HR, Inc. (dba Intraforce) in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland (Baltimore) on 08/01/2003. EEOC alleged on behalf of a former female employee at defendants' Baltimore facility that the defendants condoned her supervisor's sexual harassment conduct inflicted on her, including inappropriate physical and verbal …

EEOC's Baltimore, MD office filed this sexual harassment and retaliation lawsuit against the defendants, Valleywood Industries, Inc. (dba Pallet Masters) and Prolease HR, Inc. (dba Intraforce) in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland (Baltimore) on 08/01/2003.

EEOC alleged on behalf of a former female employee at defendants' Baltimore facility that the defendants condoned her supervisor's sexual harassment conduct inflicted on her, including inappropriate physical and verbal conduct. The EEOC also claimed that the hostile work environment resulted in the constructive discharge of the employee.

A one-year consent decree was entered on 04/13/2004. Under the decree, the defendants would pay the former employee $30,000 in back pay. Additionally, the defendants were prohibited from discriminating and retaliating on the basis of sex. The defendants must provide training to all employees and institute a confidential complaint process where employees can complain to an outside official. The complaint process must be posted and distributed to all employees. The defendants were also required to post notice of the lawsuit for 180 days at all its facilities.

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Yin Zheng (6/17/2007)

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1:03-cv-02240

Docket (PACER)

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. Prolease HR, Inc.

April 13, 2004

April 13, 2004

Docket
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1:03-cv-00240

Complaint

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. Prolease HR, Inc.

Aug. 1, 2003

Aug. 1, 2003

Complaint
10

1:03-cv-02240

Amended Complaint

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. Prolease HR, Inc.

Oct. 3, 2003

Oct. 3, 2003

Complaint
30

1:03-cv-02240

Consent Decree

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. Prolease HR, Inc.

April 13, 2004

April 13, 2004

Settlement Agreement

Resources

Docket

Last updated June 6, 2022, 3 a.m.

ECF Number Description Date Link Date / Link
1

COMPLAINT against Intraforce, Prolease HR, Inc., Valleywood Industries, Inc. , filed by Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.(nrm, Deputy Clerk) (Entered: 08/04/2003)

Aug. 1, 2003

Aug. 1, 2003

JURY TRIAL DEMAND by Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. (nrm, Deputy Clerk) (Entered: 08/04/2003)

Aug. 1, 2003

Aug. 1, 2003

2

REQUEST FOR WAIVER of Service sent to Prolease HR, Inc., Intraforce, Valleywood Industries, Inc. on 08/05/03 by Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. (nrm, Deputy Clerk) (Entered: 08/04/2003)

Aug. 1, 2003

Aug. 1, 2003

3

MOTION to Appear Pro Hac Vice the admission of Gerald L. Maatman, Jr. by Intraforce, Prolease HR, Inc., Valleywood Industries, Inc.. (eg, Deputy Clerk) (Entered: 09/04/2003)

Sept. 4, 2003

Sept. 4, 2003

4

MARGINAL ORDER granting 3 Motion of Prolease HR, Inc., et al. to Appear Pro Hac Vice the admission of Gerald L. Maatman, Jr.. Signed by Clerk on 9/3/03. (SEE DOCUMENT #3) (eg, Deputy Clerk) (Entered: 09/04/2003)

Sept. 4, 2003

Sept. 4, 2003

5

MOTION to Appear Pro Hac Vice the admission of Yvette A. Heintzelman by Intraforce, Prolease HR, Inc., Valleywood Industries, Inc.. (eg, Deputy Clerk) (Entered: 09/04/2003)

Sept. 4, 2003

Sept. 4, 2003

6

MARGINAL ORDER granting 5 Motion of Prolease HR, Inc., et al. to Appear Pro Hac Vice the admission of Yvette A. Heintzelman. Signed by Clerk on 9/3/03. (SEE DOCUMENT #5)(eg, Deputy Clerk) (Entered: 09/04/2003)

Sept. 4, 2003

Sept. 4, 2003

7

WAIVER OF SERVICE of Summons Returned Executed by Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Prolease HR, Inc. waiver sent on 9/4/2003, answer due 11/3/2003. (eg, Deputy Clerk) (Entered: 09/12/2003)

Sept. 12, 2003

Sept. 12, 2003

8

Correspondence from Clerk re: "ECF" Warning Letter mailed to counsel. (eg, Deputy Clerk) (Entered: 09/12/2003)

Sept. 12, 2003

Sept. 12, 2003

9

WAIVER OF SERVICE Returned Executed by Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Valleywood Industries, Inc. waiver sent on 9/24/2003, answer due 11/24/2003. (Morocco, Maria) (Entered: 09/26/2003)

Sept. 26, 2003

Sept. 26, 2003

10

AMENDED COMPLAINT against Intraforce, Prolease HR, Inc., Valleywood Industries, Inc., filed by Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. (Attachments: # 1 certificate of service)(Morocco, Maria) (Entered: 10/03/2003)

Oct. 3, 2003

Oct. 3, 2003

11

ANSWER to Amended Complaint by Intraforce, Prolease HR, Inc..(Hairston, Abbey) (Entered: 10/13/2003)

Oct. 13, 2003

Oct. 13, 2003

12

MOTION for Extension of Time to File Answer by Valleywood Industries, Inc.. Responses due by 10/30/2003 (Hairston, Abbey) (Entered: 10/13/2003)

Oct. 13, 2003

Oct. 13, 2003

13

PAPERLESS ORDER granting 12 MOTION for Extension of Time to File Answer. Signed by Judge Andre M Davis on Ocotber 13, 2003. (Judge Davis) (Entered: 10/13/2003)

Oct. 13, 2003

Oct. 13, 2003

14

ANSWER to Amended Complaint by Valleywood Industries, Inc..(Hairston, Abbey) (Entered: 10/27/2003)

Oct. 27, 2003

Oct. 27, 2003

15

Local Rule 103.3 Disclosure of Corporate Affiliations and Financial Interests. (Hairston, Abbey) (Entered: 10/27/2003)

Oct. 27, 2003

Oct. 27, 2003

16

Local Rule 103.3 Disclosure of Corporate Affiliations and Financial Interests. (Hairston, Abbey) (Entered: 10/27/2003)

Oct. 27, 2003

Oct. 27, 2003

17

SCHEDULING ORDER:. Signed by Judge Andre M Davis on 10/28/03. (eg, Deputy Clerk) (Entered: 10/28/2003)

Oct. 28, 2003

Oct. 28, 2003

18

Correspondence re: PARTIES' REPORT IN RESPONSE TO THE COURT'S SCHEDULING ORDER (Heintzelman, Yvette) (Entered: 11/11/2003)

Nov. 11, 2003

Nov. 11, 2003

19

Correspondence re: Corrected Parties' Report In Response to the Courts Scheduling Order (Hairston, Abbey) (Entered: 11/12/2003)

Nov. 12, 2003

Nov. 12, 2003

20

Joint MOTION for Protective Order by Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Responses due by 2/2/2004 (Attachments: # 1)(Morocco, Maria) (Entered: 01/15/2004)

Jan. 15, 2004

Jan. 15, 2004

21

ORDER granting 20 Motion for Protective Order and ENTERING CONFIDENTIALITY ORDER. Signed by Judge Andre M Davis on January 15, 2004. (Judge Davis) (Entered: 01/15/2004)

Jan. 15, 2004

Jan. 15, 2004

22

Emergency MOTION to Quash Defendants' Subpoena to Dr. Robert Vising by Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Responses due by 2/23/2004 (Attachments: # 1 # 2 # 3 # 4)(Morocco, Maria) (Entered: 02/04/2004)

Feb. 4, 2004

Feb. 4, 2004

23

Correspondence re: Motion to Quash. (Judge Davis) (Entered: 02/04/2004)

Feb. 4, 2004

Feb. 4, 2004

24

MOTION to Appear Pro Hac Vice the admission of Jenny B. Friedman by Prolease HR, Inc.. (eg, Deputy Clerk) (Entered: 02/06/2004)

Feb. 6, 2004

Feb. 6, 2004

26

STIPULATION TO WITHDRAW SUBPOENA AND MOTION TO QUASH by Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Intraforce, Prolease HR, Inc., Valleywood Industries, Inc.. (Friedman, Jenny) (Entered: 02/11/2004)

Feb. 11, 2004

Feb. 11, 2004

27

MARGINAL ORDER withdrawing 22 Motion to Quash. Signed by Judge Andre M Davis on February 12, 2004. (Judge Davis) (Entered: 02/12/2004)

Feb. 12, 2004

Feb. 12, 2004

28

STATUS REPORT by Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Intraforce, Prolease HR, Inc., Valleywood Industries, Inc.. (Friedman, Jenny) (Entered: 03/11/2004)

March 11, 2004

March 11, 2004

29

PROPOSED Consent Decree by Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. (Attachments: # 1)(Morocco, Maria) (Entered: 04/12/2004)

April 12, 2004

April 12, 2004

30

CONSENT DECREE and APPROVAL. Signed by Judge Andre M Davis on 4/13/04. (eg, Deputy Clerk) (Entered: 04/13/2004)

April 13, 2004

April 13, 2004

Case Details

State / Territory: Maryland

Case Type(s):

Equal Employment

Special Collection(s):

EEOC Study — in sample

Key Dates

Filing Date: Aug. 1, 2003

Closing Date: April 13, 2005

Case Ongoing: No

Plaintiffs

Plaintiff Description:

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, on behalf of one or more workers.

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

Valleywood Industries, Inc. (Baltimore, MD), Private Entity/Person

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: 30000

Order Duration: 2004 - 2005

Content of Injunction:

Retaliation Prohibition

Discrimination Prohibition

Provide antidiscrimination training

Develop anti-discrimination policy

Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law

Implement complaint/dispute resolution process

Reporting

Issues

General:

Disparate Treatment

Retaliation

Discrimination-area:

Discharge / Constructive Discharge / Layoff

Harassment / Hostile Work Environment

Discrimination-basis:

Sex discrimination

Affected Gender:

Female

EEOC-centric:

Direct Suit on Merits