Case: EEOC v. SPECIAL COUNSEL

1:04-cv-02012 | U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland

Filed Date: June 30, 2004

Closed Date: Dec. 17, 2004

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Case Summary

The Baltimore Field Office of the EEOC brought this suit against Special Counsel, Inc., a legal services company, in June 2004, in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland. The case was resolved by a consent decree in December 2004, only six months after being filed. The suit was based on retaliation for complaints about age discrimination by the complainant, a female, in violation of the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA). The EEOC only asked for an injunction, back pay, and any other appropriate affirmative relief. The terms of the consent decree gave the complainant $69,000 in back pay along with a neutral reference. Special Counsel was required to expunge her record as well as refrain from retaliation in violation of the ADEA. In addition, they were required to institute two hour EEO training for managers and one hour EEO training for all other employees.

Summary Authors

Kevin Wilemon (6/25/2007)

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Docket [PACER]

EEOC v. Special Counsel, Inc.

Dec. 20, 2004 Docket
1

Complaint

EEOC v. Special Counsel, Inc.

June 30, 2004 Complaint
8

Consent Decree

EEOC v. Special Counsel, Inc.

Dec. 17, 2004 Settlement Agreement

Docket

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

ECF Number Description Date Link
1

COMPLAINT against Special Counsel, Inc. , filed by Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. (Attachments: # 1 Civil Cover Sheet)(ljs, Deputy Clerk) (Entered: 06/30/2004)

June 30, 2004

JURY TRIAL DEMAND by Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. (ljs, Deputy Clerk) (Entered: 06/30/2004)

June 30, 2004
2

Summons Issued (20 days) as to Special Counsel, Inc.. (ljs, Deputy Clerk) (Entered: 06/30/2004)

June 30, 2004
3

SUMMONS Returned Executed by Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Special Counsel, Inc. served on 7/26/2004, answer due 8/16/2004. (Salacuse, Maria) (Entered: 08/05/2004)

Aug. 5, 2004
4

MOTION for Extension of Time to File Response/Reply as to 1 Complaint by Special Counsel, Inc.. Responses due by 9/2/2004 (Attachments: # 1 Text of Proposed Order)(Barondes, Anita) (Entered: 08/16/2004)

Aug. 16, 2004
5

Paperless ORDER granting nunc pro tunc to August 16, 2004 4 Defendant's Consent Motion for Extension of Time to File Response to Complaint until August 31, 2004.(Bennett, Richard) (Entered: 08/18/2004)

Aug. 18, 2004
6

ANSWER to Complaint by Special Counsel, Inc..(Barondes, Anita) (Entered: 08/31/2004)

Aug. 31, 2004
7

SCHEDULING ORDER:. Signed by Judge Richard D Bennett on 8/31/04. (slf, Deputy Clerk) (Entered: 08/31/2004)

Aug. 31, 2004
8

SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT /Consent Decree by Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. (Salacuse, Maria) (Entered: 12/17/2004)

Dec. 17, 2004

State / Territory: Maryland

Case Type(s):

Equal Employment

Special Collection(s):

EEOC Study — in sample

Key Dates

Filing Date: June 30, 2004

Closing Date: Dec. 17, 2004

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

Special Counsel, Inc. (Baltimore, MD), Private Entity/Person

Special Counsel (Baltimore), Private Entity/Person

Case Details

Causes of Action:

Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), 29 U.S.C. §§ 621 et seq.

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: 69000

Order Duration: 2004 - 2005

Content of Injunction:

Expungement of Employment Record

Neutral/Positive Reference

Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law

Provide antidiscrimination training

Retaliation Prohibition

Issues

General:

Disparate Treatment

Retaliation

Discrimination-area:

Discharge / Constructive Discharge / Layoff

Discrimination-basis:

Age discrimination

EEOC-centric:

Direct Suit on Merits