Case: EEOC v. INTRACOASTAL HEALTH

9:99-cv-08707 | U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida

Filed Date: Sept. 13, 1999

Closed Date: Feb. 6, 2001

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Case Summary

In September 1999, the EEOC's Miami District Office brought suit in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, against Intracoastal Health Systems and St. Mary's Hospital. The complaint alleged the female employees at the defendants' West Palm Beach facility were given reduced workloads because of their sex and were forced to change shifts to accommodate male employees, in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act.

One of the female employees intervened as a plaintiff, and in February 2000 the case was consolidated by consent motion with a separate action that she had previously brought against the defendants (9:99-cv-08053). The case was referred to mediation, which resulted in a settlement. In February 2001, a consent decree was entered. The defendants agreed to pay a total of $90,000 and were ordered to distribute their anti-discrimination policy and to provide training in anti-discrimination law for shift schedulers.

Summary Authors

Shankar Viswanathan (6/5/2008)

Related Cases

Swain v. Intracoastal Health Systems, Inc., Southern District of Florida (1999)

Documents in the Clearinghouse

Document

Docket

EEOC v. Intracoastal Health, et al

Feb. 7, 2001 Docket
1

Complaint

EEOC v. Intracoastal Health, et al

Sept. 22, 1999 Complaint
19

Intervenor Dorothy Henderson Swain's Complaint

EEOC v. Intracoastal Health, et al

Dec. 16, 1999 Complaint
32

Order Consolidating the Actions; Order Denying Motion for Partial Summary Judgment

EEOC v. Intracoastal Health Systems Inc.

Feb. 14, 2000 Order/Opinion
66

Consent Decree

EEOC v. Intracoastal Health, et al

Feb. 5, 2001 Settlement Agreement

Docket

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

ECF Number Description Date Link
1

COMPLAINT filed; A-7 AEV: FEE: Waived (at, Deputy Clerk) (Entered: 09/22/1999)

Sept. 13, 1999

Magistrate identification: Magistrate Judge Ann E. Vitunac (at, Deputy Clerk) (Entered: 09/22/1999)

Sept. 13, 1999
2

SUMMONS() issued for Intracoastal Health (at, Deputy Clerk) (Entered: 09/22/1999)

Sept. 13, 1999
3

ORDER OF PRETRIAL PROCEDURES: Please refer to Order for Pretrial Procedures. (Signed by Judge Kenneth L. Ryskamp on 09/17/99) CCAP [EOD Date: 9/22/99] (at, Deputy Clerk) (Entered: 09/22/1999)

Sept. 17, 1999
4

NOTICE of attorney appearance for Equal Employment by Maria Teresa Rodriguez (Former Deputy Clerk) (Entered: 10/18/1999)

Oct. 8, 1999
5

NOTICE of Filing Waiver of Service of Summons by Equal Employment (Former Deputy Clerk) (Entered: 10/18/1999)

Oct. 12, 1999
6

Waiver of service executed by St. Mary's Hospital, Intracoastal Health (Attorney Valerie G. Larcombe, General Counsel), 9/29/99 Answer due by 11/28/99 for St. Mary's Hospital, for Intracoastal Health (Former Deputy Clerk) (Entered: 10/18/1999)

Oct. 12, 1999
7

MOTION to Intervene as Plaintiff by Dorothy Henderson Swain (Former Deputy Clerk) (Entered: 11/16/1999)

Nov. 15, 1999
8

Answer and Defenses by Intracoastal Health, St. Mary's Hospital (Attorney Lynn Gilleland Hawkins) (Former Deputy Clerk) (Entered: 11/23/1999)

Nov. 19, 1999
9

RESPONSE by Intracoastal Health, St. Mary's Hospital to [7-1] motion to Intervene as Plaintiff by Dorothy Henderson Swain (Former Deputy Clerk) (Entered: 11/23/1999)

Nov. 19, 1999
10

MOTION with memorandum in support by Intracoastal Health, St. Mary's Hospital to Consolidate cases (Former Deputy Clerk) (Entered: 11/23/1999)

Nov. 19, 1999
11

Unopposed MOTION by Equal Employment for an Extension of Time in which to File a Response to Defendants' Motion to Consolidate (Former Deputy Clerk) (Entered: 12/02/1999)

Dec. 2, 1999
12

ORDER granting [11-1] motion for an Extension of Time in which to File a Response to Defendants' Motion to Consolidate Response to motion reset to 12/17/99 for [10-1] motion to Consolidate cases ( Signed by Judge Kenneth L. Ryskamp on 12/2/99) CCAP [EOD Date: 12/3/99] (Former Deputy Clerk) (Entered: 12/03/1999)

Dec. 2, 1999
19

Intervenor's COMPLAINT by Dorothy Henderson Swain against Intracoastal Health, St. Mary's Hospital (Former Deputy Clerk) (Entered: 12/16/1999)

Dec. 3, 1999
14

Proposed Joint Scheduling Report of Scheduling Meeting by Equal Employment, Intracoastal Health, St. Mary's Hospital (Former Deputy Clerk) (Entered: 12/08/1999)

Dec. 7, 1999
15

AMENDED ANSWER and DEFENSES to Complaint by Intracoastal Health, St. Mary's Hospital : amends [8-1] answer (Former Deputy Clerk) (Entered: 12/13/1999)

Dec. 10, 1999
16

NOTICE of Hearing: set Jury trial for 10/9/01 before Judge Kenneth L. Ryskamp , set pretrial stipulation due for 9/26/01 , set calendar call for 1:15 10/3/01 before Judge Kenneth L. Ryskamp (go, Deputy Clerk) (Entered: 12/15/1999)

Dec. 14, 1999
17

SCHEDULING ORDER setting Deadline for filing of all motions by 4/30/01 Discovery cutoff 3/31/01 ; ( Signed by Judge Kenneth L. Ryskamp on 12/14/99) CCAP [EOD Date: 12/15/99] CCAP (go, Deputy Clerk) (Entered: 12/15/1999)

Dec. 14, 1999
18

ORDER referring case to mediation. 15 days to appoint mediator ( Signed by Judge Kenneth L. Ryskamp on 12/14/99) CCAP [EOD Date: 12/15/99] (go, Deputy Clerk) (Entered: 12/15/1999)

Dec. 14, 1999
20

ANSWER and Defenses by Intracoastal Health, St. Mary's Hospital to [19-1] intervenor complaint (Former Deputy Clerk) (Entered: 12/16/1999)

Dec. 15, 1999
21

RESPONSE by Equal Employment in opposition to [10-1] motion to Consolidate cases (Former Deputy Clerk) (Entered: 12/16/1999)

Dec. 16, 1999
22

Emergency MOTION with memorandum in support by Equal Employment for Clarification of Defendants' Ability to Conduct Ex Parte Interviews with Former and Current Employees of Defendants (Former Deputy Clerk) (Entered: 12/22/1999)

Dec. 20, 1999
23

Emergency MOTION with memorandum in support by Equal Employment for Leave to Conduct Ex Parte Interviews With Current Managers of Defendant Who Fit Within The Class (Former Deputy Clerk) (Entered: 12/22/1999)

Dec. 20, 1999
24

RESPONSE TO ORDER OF REFERRAL TO MEDIATION re: selection of Martin Soll as Mediator by Equal Employment (Former Deputy Clerk) (Entered: 12/28/1999)

Dec. 27, 1999
25

REPLY by Intracoastal Health, St. Mary's Hospital to response to [10-1] motion to Consolidate cases (Former Deputy Clerk) (Entered: 12/29/1999)

Dec. 28, 1999
26

ORDER SCHEDULING MEDIATION before Mediator Martin Soll for April 17, 2001 at 10:00 a.m. (Signed by Judge Kenneth L. Ryskamp on 01/03/00) CCAP [EOD Date: 1/4/00] (Former Deputy Clerk) (Entered: 01/04/2000)

Jan. 3, 2000
27

RESPONSE by Intracoastal Health, St. Mary's Hospital to [22-1] motion for Clarification of Defendants' Ability to Conduct Ex Parte Interviews with Former and Current Employees of Defendants (Former Deputy Clerk) (Entered: 01/04/2000)

Jan. 3, 2000
28

RESPONSE by Intracoastal Health, St. Mary's Hospital to [23-1] motion for Leave to Conduct Ex Parte Interviews With Current Managers of Defendant Who Fit Within The Class (Former Deputy Clerk) (Entered: 01/04/2000)

Jan. 3, 2000
29

NOTICE OF HEARING: Motion hearing before Judge Kenneth L. Ryskamp set for 8:30 a.m. on 1/12/00 for [22-1] motion for Clarification of Defendants' Ability to Conduct Ex Parte Interviews with Former and Current Employees of Defendants and [23-1] motion for Leave to Conduct Ex Parte Interviews With Current Managers of Defendant Who Fit The Class (Signed by Judge Kenneth L. Ryskamp on 1/4/00) CCAP [EOD Date: 1/5/00] (Former Deputy Clerk) (Entered: 01/05/2000)

Jan. 4, 2000
30

MOTION by Dorothy Henderson Swain to amend [1-1] complaint (Attached) (Former Deputy Clerk) Modified on 01/12/2000 (Entered: 01/12/2000)

Jan. 11, 2000
31

Minutes of Motions for Leave to Conduct Ex Parte held before Judge Kenneth L. Ryskamp on 1/12/00; Court Reporter Name: Criss Bertling; Ruling reserved (Former Deputy Clerk) (Entered: 01/13/2000)

Jan. 12, 2000
32

NOTICE of Filing Stipulation of Plaintiff and Defendant Intracoastal in support of Plaintiff's Motion to Amend Her Complaint by Dorothy Henderson Swain (Former Deputy Clerk) (Entered: 01/18/2000)

Jan. 14, 2000
33

STIPULATION by Dorothy Henderson Swain, Intracoastal Health, St. Mary's Hospital In Re: Motion to Amend Complaint (Former Deputy Clerk) (Entered: 01/18/2000)

Jan. 14, 2000
34

ORDER transferring case to the calendar of Judge Dimitrouleas for all further proceedings (Signed by Judge Kenneth L. Ryskamp on 1/12/00 and by Judge William P. Dimitrouleas on 1/19/00) CCAP [EOD Date: 1/20/00] (ss, Deputy Clerk) (Entered: 01/20/2000)

Jan. 19, 2000

CASE assigned to Judge William P. Dimitrouleas (ss, Deputy Clerk) (Entered: 01/20/2000)

Jan. 19, 2000
35

NOTICE of filing cases available only on Lexis in support of motion for partial summary judgment by Intracoastal Health (ss, Deputy Clerk) (Entered: 01/24/2000)

Jan. 21, 2000
36

NOTICE of filing portions of plaintiff's deposition, exhibits and interrogatory answers cited in motion for partial summary judgment by Intracoastal Health (COPY) (ss, Deputy Clerk) (Entered: 01/24/2000)

Jan. 21, 2000
37

EMERGENCY MOTION by Dorothy Henderson Swain, Equal Employment, Intracoastal Health, St. Mary's Hospital to consolidate, requesting to be heard on a expedited basis (ss, Deputy Clerk) (Entered: 02/09/2000)

Feb. 8, 2000
38

ORDER Granting [37-1] motion to consolidate; Vacating [17-1] Scheduling Order; Directing parties to file an updated joint scheduling report (Signed by Judge William P. Dimitrouleas on 2/11/00) CCAP [EOD Date: 2/14/00] (ss, Deputy Clerk) (Entered: 02/14/2000)

Feb. 11, 2000

DOCKET pleadings in LEAD case only (ss, Deputy Clerk) (Entered: 02/14/2000)

Feb. 11, 2000
40

JOINT Scheduling Report by Equal Employment, Intracoastal Health, St. Mary's Hospital, Dorothy Henderson Swain (ss, Deputy Clerk) (Entered: 02/28/2000)

Feb. 28, 2000
41

MOTION by Equal Employment for leave to conduct ex parte interviews with current managers of defendants who fit within the class (ss, Deputy Clerk) (Entered: 03/08/2000)

March 7, 2000
42

MOTION by Equal Employment for clarification of defendants' ability to conduct ex parte interviews with former and current employees (ss, Deputy Clerk) (Entered: 03/08/2000)

March 7, 2000
43

ORDER setting Deadline for filing of all motions by 1/19/01; Jury trial set for 3/26/01; Pretrial Stipulation due on or before 3/9/01; Calendar call set for 10:00 3/23/01; Discovery cutoff 1/5/01 (Signed by Judge William P. Dimitrouleas on 3/7/00) CCAP [EOD Date: 3/8/00] CCAP (ss, Deputy Clerk) (Entered: 03/08/2000)

March 7, 2000
43

ORDER referring case to mediation. 15 days to appoint mediator (Signed by Judge William P. Dimitrouleas on 3/7/00) CCAP [EOD Date: 3/8/00] (ss, Deputy Clerk) (Entered: 03/08/2000)

March 7, 2000
43

ORDER REFERRING DISCOVERY MATTERS to Magistrate Judge Linnea R. Johnson (Signed by Judge William P. Dimitrouleas on 3/7/00) CCAP [EOD Date: 3/8/00] (ss, Deputy Clerk) (Entered: 03/08/2000)

March 7, 2000
44

NOTICE of serving and filing her initial disclosure of witnesses, documents and physical evidence upon all parties by Dorothy Henderson Swain (ss, Deputy Clerk) (Entered: 03/14/2000)

March 13, 2000
45

POSITION on Magistrate Jurisdiction (do not consent) by Intracoastal Health, St. Mary's Hospital (ss, Deputy Clerk) (Entered: 03/16/2000)

March 16, 2000
46

RESPONSE by Intracoastal Health, St. Mary's Hospital to [42-1] motion for clarification of defendants' ability to conduct ex parte interviews with former and current employees (ss, Deputy Clerk) (Entered: 03/21/2000)

March 21, 2000
47

RESPONSE by Intracoastal Health, St. Mary's Hospital to [41-1] motion for leave to conduct ex parte interviews with current managers of defendants who fit within the class (ss, Deputy Clerk) (Entered: 03/21/2000)

March 21, 2000
48

POSITION regarding Magistrate Consent Jurisdiction (does not agree) by Equal Employment (ss, Deputy Clerk) (Entered: 03/24/2000)

March 23, 2000
49

NOTICE of Unavailability of Counsel M. Teresa Rodriguez (6/22/00 through 7/3/00) by Equal Employment (ss, Deputy Clerk) (Entered: 03/24/2000)

March 23, 2000
50

ORDER Granting [30-1] unopposed motion to amend [1-1] complaint (Signed by Magistrate Linnea R. Johnson on 3/23/00) CCAP [EOD Date: 3/27/00] (ss, Deputy Clerk) (Entered: 03/27/2000)

March 23, 2000
51

ORDER Granting [39-1] application for relief citing partial objections to [38-1] order (see Order) Striking as Moot [22-1] motion for Clarification of Defendants' Ability to Conduct Ex Parte Interviews with Former and Current Employees of Defendants; Striking as Moot [23-1] motion for Leave to Conduct Ex Parte Interviews With Current Managers of Defendant Who Fit The Class (Signed by Magistrate Linnea R. Johnson on 3/23/00) CCAP [EOD Date: 3/27/00] (ss, Deputy Clerk) (Entered: 03/27/2000)

March 23, 2000
52

REPLY by Equal Employment to response to [42-1] motion for clarification of defendants' ability to conduct ex parte interviews with former and current employees (ss, Deputy Clerk) (Entered: 03/30/2000)

March 30, 2000
53

REPLY by Equal Employment to response to [41-1] motion for leave to conduct ex parte interviews with current managers of defendants who fit within the class (ss, Deputy Clerk) (Entered: 03/30/2000)

March 30, 2000
54

ORDER Denying [42-1] motion for clarification of defendants' ability to conduct ex parte interviews with former and current employees (Signed by Magistrate Linnea R. Johnson on 4/6/00) CCAP [EOD Date: 4/10/00] (ss, Deputy Clerk) (Entered: 04/10/2000)

April 6, 2000
55

ORDER Denying [41-1] motion for leave to conduct ex parte interviews with current managers of defendants who fit within the class (Signed by Magistrate Linnea R. Johnson on 4/6/00) CCAP [EOD Date: 4/10/00] (ss, Deputy Clerk) (Entered: 04/10/2000)

April 6, 2000
56

OBJECTIONS by Equal Employment to [54-1] order (ss, Deputy Clerk) (Entered: 04/25/2000)

April 24, 2000
57

ORDER Overruling [56-1] objections (Signed by Judge William P. Dimitrouleas on 4/25/00) CCAP [EOD Date: 4/27/00] (ss, Deputy Clerk) (Entered: 04/27/2000)

April 26, 2000
58

ORDER Denying as Moot [10-1] motion to Consolidate cases (Signed by Judge William P. Dimitrouleas on 4/28/00) CCAP [EOD Date: 5/1/00] (ss, Deputy Clerk) (Entered: 05/01/2000)

April 28, 2000
59

NOTICE of serving first amended complaint by Dorothy Henderson Swain (ss, Deputy Clerk) (Entered: 05/19/2000)

May 18, 2000
60

ANSWER and Defenses by Intracoastal Health, St. Mary's Hospital to first amended complaint (ss, Deputy Clerk) (Entered: 06/02/2000)

June 1, 2000
61

JOINT MOTION by Equal Employment, Intracoastal Health, St. Mary's Hospital, Dorothy Henderson Swain to extend time for four months of the remaining litigation deadlines and supporting memorandum of law (lh, Deputy Clerk) (Entered: 10/26/2000)

Oct. 25, 2000
62

ORDER Denying [61-1] joint motion to extend time for four months of the remaining litigation deadlines and supporting memorandum of law; Resetting discovery deadline for 3/9/01 (Signed by Judge William P. Dimitrouleas on 10/26/00) CCAP [EOD Date: 10/27/00] (ss, Deputy Clerk) (Entered: 10/27/2000)

Oct. 26, 2000
63

NOTICE of Mediation Hearing on 1/2/01 at 10:00 added as mediator (ss, Deputy Clerk) (Entered: 12/12/2000)

Dec. 11, 2000
64

FINAL report of Mediator. Disposition: Settled (ss, Deputy Clerk) (Entered: 01/16/2001)

Jan. 12, 2001
66

CONSENT DECREE by Equal Employment, Intracoastal Health, St. Mary's Hospital, Dorothy Henderson Swain (ss, Deputy Clerk) (Entered: 02/06/2001)

Feb. 5, 2001
67

ORDER Approving [66-1] Consent Decree (Signed by Judge William P. Dimitrouleas on 2/6/01) CCAP [EOD Date: 2/7/01] (ss, Deputy Clerk) (Entered: 02/07/2001)

Feb. 6, 2001
68

FINAL ORDER Approving [66-1] consent decree; Dismissing action with prejudice ; Closing Case (Signed by Judge William P. Dimitrouleas on 2/6/01) CCAP [EOD Date: 2/7/01] (ss, Deputy Clerk) (Entered: 02/07/2001)

Feb. 6, 2001

CASE CLOSED. Case and Motions no longer referred to Magistrate. (ss, Deputy Clerk) (Entered: 02/07/2001)

Feb. 6, 2001
69

RESPONSE to [65-1] Order to Show Cause by Intracoastal Health, St. Mary's Hospital (ss, Deputy Clerk) (Entered: 02/08/2001)

Feb. 7, 2001
70

RESPONSE to [65-1] Order to Show Cause by Equal Employment (Attorney Michael J. Farrell) (ss, Deputy Clerk) (Entered: 02/08/2001)

Feb. 7, 2001

State / Territory: Florida

Case Type(s):

Equal Employment

Special Collection(s):

EEOC Study — in sample

IWPR/Wage Project Consent Decree Study

Key Dates

Filing Date: Sept. 13, 1999

Closing Date: Feb. 6, 2001

Case Ongoing: No

Plaintiffs

Plaintiff Description:

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

Plaintiff Type(s):

EEOC Plaintiff

Private Plaintiff

Attorney Organizations:

EEOC

Public Interest Lawyer: Yes

Filed Pro Se: No

Class Action Sought: No

Class Action Outcome: Not sought

Defendants

St. Mary's Hospital, Incorporated (West Palm Beach, FL), Private Entity/Person

Intracoastal Health Systems, Inc. (West Palm Beach, FL), 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: 90000

Order Duration: 2001 - 2004

Content of Injunction:

Discrimination Prohibition

Monitoring

Retaliation Prohibition

Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law

Provide antidiscrimination training

Reporting

Recordkeeping

Issues

General:

Disparate Treatment

Discrimination-area:

Other Conditions of Employment (including assignment, transfer, hours, working conditions, etc)

Discrimination-basis:

Sex discrimination

Affected Gender:

Female

EEOC-centric:

Direct Suit on Merits

Private Party intervened in EEOC suit