Case: EEOC v. THOMPSON & WARD LEASING CO INC

3:00-cv-01084 | U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida

Filed Date: Sept. 29, 2000

Closed Date: 2005

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Case Summary

In September 2000, the Tampa Area Office of the EEOC (with participation from the Miami District Office) brought this suit against Thompson & Ward Leasing Co., Inc. and Physicians Leasing Co., Inc. (d/b/a Physicians Leasing Co. of Ohio) in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida alleging discrimination on the basis of sex in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Specifically, the complaint alleged that the defendant subjected the charging party, a female em…

In September 2000, the Tampa Area Office of the EEOC (with participation from the Miami District Office) brought this suit against Thompson & Ward Leasing Co., Inc. and Physicians Leasing Co., Inc. (d/b/a Physicians Leasing Co. of Ohio) in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida alleging discrimination on the basis of sex in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Specifically, the complaint alleged that the defendant subjected the charging party, a female employee, and other similarly situated female employees to a sexually hostile work environment consisting of unwelcome sexual comments, pornography, and physical touching. In addition, the defendant retaliated against the charging party by subjecting her to disparate terms and conditions of employment and eventually terminating her because she complained of the harassment. The charging party intervened in the suit in January 2001. After some discovery, the defendants filed two motions for summary judgment in November 2001, followed a day later by a partial motion for summary judgment by the plaintiffs. All three motions were denied in January 2002. The parties participated in mediation in March 2002. Shortly after, they filed a proposed consent decree with the court in late April and settled through a consent decree in June 2002.

The three-year decree, containing non-discrimination and non-retaliation clauses, required the defendants to: distribute their sexual harassment policies to employees, provide annual sexual harassment training for their managers and supervisors, report to the EEOC at specified intervals, post a notice of the decree, and pay $45,000.

Summary Authors

Michele Marxkors (7/6/2007)

Documents in the Clearinghouse

Document

Docket (PACER)

Equal Employment v. Thompson & Ward, et al

June 19, 2002 Docket
1

Complaint

EEOC v. Thompson & Ward et al

Sept. 29, 2000 Complaint
8

Intervening Complaint

EEOC v. Thompson & Ward et al

Jan. 16, 2001 Complaint
67

Amended Intervening Complaint

EEOC v. Thompson & Ward et al

Jan. 7, 2002 Complaint
65

Order [Regarding Motions for Summary Judgment]

EEOC v. Thompson & Ward et al

Jan. 7, 2002 Order/Opinion
66

Amended Complaint

EEOC v. Thompson & Ward et al

Jan. 7, 2002 Complaint
89

Consent Decree

EEOC v. Thompson & Ward et al

June 19, 2002 Settlement Agreement

Docket

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State / Territory: Florida

Case Type(s):

Equal Employment

Special Collection(s):

EEOC Study — in sample

Key Dates

Filing Date: Sept. 29, 2000

Closing Date: 2005

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

Physicians Leasing Co., Inc. (St. Augustine, FL), Private Entity/Person

Thompson & Ward Leasing Co., Inc. (St. Augustine, 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: 45000

Order Duration: 2002 - 2005

Content of Injunction:

Discrimination Prohibition

Develop anti-discrimination policy

Provide antidiscrimination training

Reporting

Monitoring

Retaliation Prohibition

Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law

Recordkeeping

Issues

General:

Disparate Treatment

Retaliation

Discrimination-area:

Discharge / Constructive Discharge / Layoff

Harassment / Hostile Work Environment

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