Case: EEOC v. Metro Specialties

2:05-cv-72516 | U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan

Filed Date: June 24, 2005

Closed Date: 2009

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Case Summary

EEOC's Detroit, MI office filed this sex discrimination lawsuit against the defendant, Metro Specialties, Inc. in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan (Detroit) on 06/24/2005. EEOC alleged that the defendant failed to prevent and correct sexually hostile environment suffered by a former female employee at its Monroe, MI facility, which caused the constructive discharge of the employee. Supervisors and colleagues of the employee engaged in sexually unwelcome co…

EEOC's Detroit, MI office filed this sex discrimination lawsuit against the defendant, Metro Specialties, Inc. in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan (Detroit) on 06/24/2005. EEOC alleged that the defendant failed to prevent and correct sexually hostile environment suffered by a former female employee at its Monroe, MI facility, which caused the constructive discharge of the employee. Supervisors and colleagues of the employee engaged in sexually unwelcome comments and behaviors to the employee. The employee intervened in the lawsuit and sought compensatory damages.

District judge Bernard A. Friedman presided settlement conferences on two consecutive days and the parties settled on the second day. The parties had earlier been referred to mediation but the docket did not record any information relating to the mediation. The district court dismissed the case on 11/20/2006 when the parties placed their settlement on the record and a consent decree was entered as the final judgment on 01/23/2007.

Under the two-year consent decree, the defendant agreed to pay $56,000 to the individual complainant as compensatory damages. The defendant also agreed to reinstate the complainant with full seniority, including hiring an industrial psychologist to meet with the complainant and defendant's personnel as part of the reinstatement process. The defendant would also provide neutral reference for the complainant. Additionally, the defendant was required to post notice of EEO policies and provide training to all its managers and supervisors. The docket sheet does not show any further enforcement; the case was presumably closed in 2009.

Summary Authors

Justin Kanter (7/7/2007)

People

For PACER's information on parties and their attorneys, see: https://www.courtlistener.com/docket/4823548/parties/equal-employment-opportunity-commission-v-metro-specialties-incorporated/


Judge(s)

Capel, Wallace Jr. (Michigan)

Friedman, Bernard A. (Michigan)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Price, Dale (Michigan)

Rapport, Adele (Michigan)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Strefling, Neil A (Michigan)

Other Attorney(s)

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Judge(s)

Capel, Wallace Jr. (Michigan)

Friedman, Bernard A. (Michigan)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Price, Dale (Michigan)

Rapport, Adele (Michigan)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Strefling, Neil A (Michigan)

Other Attorney(s)

Shecter, Lynn H (Michigan)

Swanson, Brian P (Michigan)

Vocht, Michelle E (Michigan)

Documents in the Clearinghouse

Document

Docket (PACER)

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. Metro Specialties, Incorporated

Jan. 23, 2007 Docket
1

Complaint

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. Metro Specialties, Inc.

June 24, 2005 Complaint
7

Intervenor's Complaint and Jury Trial Demand

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and Jennifer Boudrie v. Metro Specialties, Inc.

Sept. 22, 2005 Complaint
22

Order Granting Plaintiff's Motion to Compel and Defendant's Motion to Enter Orders

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and Jennifer Boudrie v. Metro Specialties, Inc.

April 10, 2006 Order/Opinion
36

Opinion and Order Denying Defendant's Request for Discovery

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and Jennifer Boudrie v. Metro Specialties, Inc.

2006 WL 2924662

Oct. 5, 2006 Order/Opinion
38

Order of Dismissal

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and Jennifer Boudrie v. Metro Specialties, Inc.

Nov. 20, 2006 Order/Opinion
40

Consent Decree

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. Metro Specialties, Inc.

Jan. 23, 2007 Settlement Agreement

Docket

See docket on RECAP: https://www.courtlistener.com/docket/4823548/equal-employment-opportunity-commission-v-metro-specialties-incorporated/

Last updated May 20, 2022, 12:08 a.m.

ECF Number Description Date Link
36

OPINION and ORDER denying Defendant's request for discovery Signed by Honorable Bernard A Friedman. (CMul, )

Oct. 5, 2006 RECAP
1

COMPLAINT filed by Equal Employment Opportunity Commission against Metro Specialties, Incorporated.(NHoll, ) (Entered: 06/27/2005)

June 24, 2005
2

STIPULATION AND ORDER Permitting Jennifer Boudrie to Intervene as a Plaintiff. Signed by Honorable Bernard A Friedman. (NHoll, ) (Entered: 09/09/2005)

Sept. 8, 2005
3

ANSWER to Complaint with Affirmative Defenses by Metro Specialties, Incorporated.(Strefling, Neil) (Entered: 09/12/2005)

Sept. 12, 2005
4

NOTICE TO APPEAR: Scheduling Conference set for 11/10/2005 10:30 AM before Honorable Bernard A Friedman. (VSim, ) (Entered: 09/22/2005)

Sept. 22, 2005
5

[FILING ERROR: incorrect signature designation]NOTICE of Appearance by Michelle E. Vocht on behalf of Jennifer Boudrie. (Vocht, Michelle) Modified on 9/23/2005 (DPer, ). (Entered: 09/22/2005)

Sept. 22, 2005
6

[FILING ERROR: incorrect signature designation]NOTICE of Appearance by Lynn H. Shecter on behalf of Jennifer Boudrie. (Shecter, Lynn) Modified on 9/23/2005 (DPer, ). (Entered: 09/22/2005)

Sept. 22, 2005
7

INTERVENOR COMPLAINT with jury demand by Jennifer Boudrie.(DPer, ) (Entered: 09/23/2005)

Sept. 22, 2005
8

[FILING ERROR: SIGNATURE BLOCK INCORRECT] ANSWER to Intervenor Complaint with Affirmative Defenses by Metro Specialties, Incorporated.(Strefling, Neil) Modified on 9/28/2005 (NHoll, ). (Entered: 09/26/2005)

Sept. 26, 2005
9

DISCOVERY plan jointly filed pursuant to Federal Rules of Civil Procedure 26(f).(Price, Dale) (Entered: 11/01/2005)

Nov. 1, 2005
11

SCHEDULING ORDER: Final Pretrial Conference set for 11/13/2006 01:00 PM and Jury Trial set for 11/28/2006 09:00 AM before Honorable Bernard A Friedman. Signed by Honorable Bernard A Friedman. (Refer to image for additional dates)(CMul, ) (Entered: 11/17/2005)

Nov. 17, 2005
12

WITNESS LIST by Metro Specialties, Incorporated (Strefling, Neil) (Entered: 02/28/2006)

Feb. 28, 2006
13

WITNESS LIST by Jennifer Boudrie (Vocht, Michelle) (Entered: 03/01/2006)

March 1, 2006
14

WITNESS LIST by Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (Price, Dale) (Entered: 03/01/2006)

March 1, 2006

Minute Entry -Telephone Conference held on 3/6/2006 before Honorable Bernard A Friedman. (CMul, ) (Entered: 03/10/2006)

March 6, 2006
15

[FILING ERROR - EXHIBITS NOT PROPERLY DESCRIBED] MOTION to Compel by Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. (Attachments: # 1 Index of Exhibits # 2 Exhibit A# 3 Exhibit B# 4 Exhibit C# 5 Exhibit D# 6 Exhibit E# 7 Exhibit F# 8 Exhibit G)(Price, Dale) Modified on 3/10/2006 (CGre, ). (Entered: 03/10/2006)

March 10, 2006
16

MOTION for Order , entry of Orders by Metro Specialties, Incorporated. (Strefling, Neil) (Entered: 03/11/2006)

March 11, 2006
17

RESPONSE to 15 MOTION to Compel filed by Metro Specialties, Incorporated. (Strefling, Neil) (Entered: 03/11/2006)

March 11, 2006
18

RESPONSE to 15 MOTION to Compel, 16 MOTION for Order , entry of Orders filed by Jennifer Boudrie. (Vocht, Michelle) (Entered: 03/12/2006)

March 12, 2006
19

NOTICE of hearing on 16 MOTION for Order , entry of Orders , 15 MOTION to Compel. Motion Hearing set for 4/5/2006 02:00 PM before Honorable Bernard A Friedman. (CMul, ) (Entered: 03/13/2006)

March 13, 2006
20

AMENDED NOTICE of hearing on 16 MOTION for , entry of Orders , and 15 MOTION to Compel. Motion Hearing set for 4/3/2006 09:30 AM at the University of Michigan Law School before Honorable Bernard A Friedman. (CMul, ) (Entered: 03/22/2006)

March 22, 2006
21

RESPONSE to 16 MOTION for Order , entry of Orders filed by Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit A)(Price, Dale) (Entered: 03/24/2006)

March 24, 2006

Minute Entry -Motion Hearing held on 4/3/2006 re 15 MOTION to Compel filed by Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, 16 MOTION for Order , entry of Orders filed by Metro Specialties, Incorporated, before Honorable Bernard A Friedman. Disposition: granted; denied(Court Reporter: Joan Morgan) (DOpa, ) (Entered: 04/04/2006)

April 3, 2006
22

ORDER granting 15 Motion to Compel and granting 16 Motion for Order- Signed by Honorable Bernard A Friedman. (CMul, ) (Entered: 04/10/2006)

April 10, 2006
24

PROTECTIVE DISCOVERY ORDER Signed by Honorable Bernard A Friedman. (CMul, ) (Entered: 04/10/2006)

April 10, 2006

Set Deadlines/Hearings: Telephone Conference set for 6/8/2006 11:00 AM before Honorable Bernard A Friedman. (DOpa, ) (Entered: 05/31/2006)

May 31, 2006

Minute Entry -Telephone Conference held on 6/8/2006 before Honorable Bernard A Friedman. Disposition: discovery briefs due 6/15/06 & reply 6/22/06 (CMul, ) (Entered: 06/08/2006)

June 8, 2006
25

SUPPLEMENTAL BRIEF re Telephone Conference filed by Jennifer Boudrie. (Vocht, Michelle) (Entered: 06/13/2006)

June 13, 2006
26

[DOCUMENT FILED IS TITLED "INTERVENING PLAINTIFF'S REPLY TO DEFENDANT'S DISCOVERY BRIEF"]. REPLY to Telephone Conference Reply Discovery Brief by Jennifer Boudrie. (Vocht, Michelle) Modified on 6/15/2006 (THal, ). (Entered: 06/15/2006)

June 15, 2006
27

MOTION for Summary Judgment and Brief in Support by all defendants. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit A# 2 Exhibit B1# 3 Exhibit B2)(Strefling, Neil) (Entered: 06/21/2006)

June 21, 2006
28

INDEX of Exhibits by all defendants to Summary Judgment Motion . (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit A# 2 Exhibit B1# 3 Exhibit B2)(Strefling, Neil) (Entered: 06/21/2006)

June 21, 2006
29

NOTICE of hearing on 27 MOTION for Summary Judgment Motion Hearing set for 9/20/2006 02:00 PM before Honorable Bernard A Friedman(CMul, ) (Entered: 06/27/2006)

June 27, 2006
30

ORDER REFERRING CASE to Mediation. Signed by Honorable Bernard A Friedman. (DOpa, ) (Entered: 07/11/2006)

July 11, 2006
31

RESPONSE to 27 MOTION for Summary Judgment and Brief in Support filed by Jennifer Boudrie. (Attachments: # 1 Index of Exhibits Exhibit List# 2 Exhibit Exhibt A-Ledyard Boudrie Transcript Pages)(Vocht, Michelle) (Entered: 07/13/2006)

July 13, 2006
32

[FILING ERROR - RULE 18 VIOLATION, NO NARRATIVE DESCRIPTIONS] RESPONSE to 27 MOTION for Summary Judgment and Brief in Support filed by Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. (Attachments: # 1 Index of Exhibits # 2 Exhibit A# 3 Exhibit B# 4 Exhibit C# 5 Exhibit D# 6 Exhibit E# 7 Exhibit F# 8 Exhibit G# 9 Exhibit H# 10 Exhibit I# 11 Exhibit Case)(Price, Dale) Modified on 7/13/2006 (DWor, ). (Entered: 07/13/2006)

July 13, 2006
33

REPLY to Response re 27 MOTION for Summary Judgment and Brief in Support Reply Brief filed by all defendants. (Strefling, Neil) (Entered: 07/20/2006)

July 20, 2006
34

AMENDED NOTICE of hearing on 27 MOTION for Summary Judgment. Motion Hearing set for 10/4/2006 02:00 PM before Honorable Bernard A Friedman. (CMul, ) (Entered: 09/12/2006)

Sept. 12, 2006
35

NOTICE of hearing on 27 MOTION for Summary Judgment. Motion Hearing set for 10/16/2006 02:00 PM before Honorable Bernard A Friedman. (CMul, ) (Entered: 09/15/2006)

Sept. 15, 2006
37

Letter from Dale Price (THal, ) (Entered: 10/26/2006)

Oct. 25, 2006

Set Deadlines/Hearings: Pretrial Conference set for 11/14/2006 10:00 AM before Honorable Bernard A Friedman. (CMul, ) (Entered: 11/13/2006)

Nov. 13, 2006

Minute Entry -Settlement Conference held on 11/13/2006 before Honorable Bernard A Friedman. Disposition: continued to 11/14/06 at 10:00 a.m. (CMul, ) (Entered: 11/15/2006)

Nov. 13, 2006

Minute Entry -Settlement Conference held on 11/14/2006 before Honorable Bernard A Friedman. Disposition: settlement placed on record(Court Reporter Janice Coleman) (CMul, ) (Entered: 11/15/2006)

Nov. 14, 2006
38

ORDER DISMISSING CASE Signed by Honorable Bernard A Friedman. (CMul, ) (Entered: 11/21/2006)

Nov. 20, 2006
39

Joint MOTION Entry of Consent Decree by Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. (Attachments: # 1 Index of Exhibits Index# 2 Exhibit A--Signed Consent Decree)(Price, Dale) (Entered: 12/06/2006)

Dec. 6, 2006
40

CONSENT Decree re 39 Joint MOTION Entry of Consent Decree.(CMul, ) (Entered: 01/23/2007)

Jan. 23, 2007

State / Territory: Michigan

Case Type(s):

Equal Employment

Special Collection(s):

EEOC Study — in sample

Key Dates

Filing Date: June 24, 2005

Closing Date: 2009

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

Metro Specialties, Inc. (Monroe, MI), Private Entity/Person

Case Details

Causes of Action:

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

State Anti-Discrimination Law

Availably Documents:

Trial Court Docket

Complaint (any)

Monetary Relief

Injunctive (or Injunctive-like) Relief

Any published opinion

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: 56000

Order Duration: 2007 - 2009

Content of Injunction:

Reinstatement

Neutral/Positive Reference

Retroactive Seniority

Retaliation Prohibition

Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law

Provide antidiscrimination training

Reporting

Discrimination Prohibition

Monitoring

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

Private Party intervened in EEOC suit