Case: EEOC v. SAFEGUARD MAINTENANCE CORP.

1:06-cv-02264 | U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland

Filed Date: Aug. 29, 2006

Closed Date: Feb. 9, 2010

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Case Summary

In August 2006, the Baltimore (along with the Philadelphia) office of the EEOC brought this Title VII and ADA suit against Safeguard Maintenance Corp. in the U.S. District of Maryland. The complaint alleged that the defendant discriminated against the claimants by subjecting them to sexual harassment because of their sex and taking tangible employment action (including discharge/constructive discharge) against the claimants. The defendant also made inquiries, prior to an offer of employment, a…

In August 2006, the Baltimore (along with the Philadelphia) office of the EEOC brought this Title VII and ADA suit against Safeguard Maintenance Corp. in the U.S. District of Maryland. The complaint alleged that the defendant discriminated against the claimants by subjecting them to sexual harassment because of their sex and taking tangible employment action (including discharge/constructive discharge) against the claimants. The defendant also made inquiries, prior to an offer of employment, as to whether the applicant had a disability or the severity of a disability. The claimants intervened in the suit in December 2006 adding claims under the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938, the Maryland Wage and Payment Act, and the MD Code Ann., Labor & Empl. sec. 3-420 through 3-505. The court dismissed the case because of a settlement in January 2007. The court entered a consent decree in February 2007 and the claimants voluntarily dismissed their complaints.

The three year consent decree required the defendant to refrain from discrimination and retaliation, pay the claimants $60,000, post notice, revise its sexual harassment policy, provide two hours of mandatory training for all managerial and supervisory employees, give the EEOC the right to monitor its compliance with the decree. The docket sheet doesn't show any further enforcement took place; the case was presumably closed in 2010.

Summary Authors

Lionel Joiner (7/10/2007)

Documents in the Clearinghouse

Document

Docket [PACER]

EEOC v. Safeguard Maintenance Corp.

Feb. 21, 2007 Docket
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Amended Complaint

EEOC v. Safeguard Maintenance Corp.

Oct. 4, 2006 Complaint
20

Intervening Plaintiff, Algering Jennings,' Amended Complaint

EEOC v. Safeguard Maintenance Corp.

Dec. 13, 2006 Complaint
10-2

Intervenor's Complaint [Plaintiff-Intervenor Jaculyn Ruffin]

EEOC v. Safeguard Maintenance Corp.

Dec. 13, 2006 Complaint
25

Consent Decree

EEOC v. Safeguard Maintenance Corp.

Feb. 9, 2007 Settlement Agreement

Docket

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

ECF Number Description Date Link
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NOTICE OF LAWSUIT AND REQUEST FOR WAIVER of Service as to Safeguard Maintenance Corp. by EEOC. (raf, Deputy Clerk) (Entered: 08/31/2006)

Aug. 29, 2006
4

NOTICE of Appearance by Jacqueline H McNair on behalf of EEOC (raf, Deputy Clerk) (Entered: 08/31/2006)

Aug. 31, 2006
5

AMENDED COMPLAINT against Safeguard Maintenance Corp., filed by EEOC and Jury Demand. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit Redline - Amended Complaint)(Quinlan, Cecile) Modified on 10/4/2006 (jlb, Deputy Clerk). (Entered: 10/04/2006)

Oct. 4, 2006
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REQUEST FOR WAIVER of Service sent to Resident Agent/Attorney Safeguard Maintenance Corp. on 10/04/06 by EEOC. (Quinlan, Cecile) (Entered: 10/04/2006)

Oct. 4, 2006
7

WAIVER OF SERVICE Returned Executed by Safeguard Maintenance Corp.. (Quinlan, Cecile) (Entered: 10/19/2006)

Oct. 19, 2006
8

Settlement Conference - requesting (Walsh, Donald) (Entered: 10/19/2006)

Oct. 19, 2006
9

MOTION to Intervene by Algering Jennings. Responses due by 11/9/2006 (Attachments: # 1 Text of Proposed Order # 2 Intervenor's Complaint)(Edelstein, Morton) (Entered: 10/23/2006)

Oct. 23, 2006
10

MOTION to Intervene by Jaculyn Ruffin. Responses due by 11/13/2006 (Attachments: # 1 Text of Proposed Order Intervenor Complaint)(Kinder, Stephanie) (Entered: 10/24/2006)

Oct. 24, 2006
12

MOTION to Amend/Correct Intervenor's Complaint by Algering Jennings. Responses due by 11/13/2006 (Attachments: # 1 Amended Intervenor Complaint# 2 Text of Proposed Order)(Edelstein, Morton) (Entered: 10/26/2006)

Oct. 26, 2006
13

NOTICE of Appearance by Nicole Farmer Jackson on behalf of Algering Jennings (Jackson, Nicole) (Entered: 11/09/2006)

Nov. 9, 2006
14

Settlement Conference - requesting (Walsh, Donald) (Entered: 11/09/2006)

Nov. 9, 2006
15

Paperless ORDER approving 14 parties' joint request for extension of time to file responses to motions to intervene. Responses due Dec. 1, 2006. (Bennett, Richard) (Entered: 11/13/2006)

Nov. 13, 2006
16

ORDER REFERRING CASE to Magistrate Judge Paul W. Grimm for settlement conference. Signed by Judge Richard D Bennett on 11/15/2006. (fk, Deputy Clerk) (Entered: 11/15/2006)

Nov. 15, 2006
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ORDER SCHEDULING Settlement Conference. Signed by Judge Paul W. Grimm on 11/16/06. (jlb, Deputy Clerk) (Entered: 11/16/2006)

Nov. 16, 2006
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ORDER granting 9 Motion of Algering Jennings to Intervene; granting 10 Motion of Jaculyn Ruffin to Intervene; granting 12 Motion of Algering Jennings to Amend Complaint. Signed by Judge Richard D Bennett on 12/13/06. (jlb, Deputy Clerk) (Entered: 12/13/2006)

Dec. 13, 2006
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Amended Intervenor COMPLAINT, filed by Algering Jennings.(jlb, Deputy Clerk) (Entered: 12/13/2006)

Dec. 13, 2006
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REQUEST for Extension of Time to File Responses to Complaints and Amended Complaints of Plaintiff and Intervenors (Walsh, Donald) (Entered: 12/20/2006)

Dec. 20, 2006
22

Paperless ORDER approving 21 parties' joint request for extension of time. Defendant's answer/response due 1/10/2007. (Bennett, Richard) (Entered: 12/20/2006)

Dec. 20, 2006

Settlement Conference held on 1/3/2007 before Judge Paul W. Grimm. (jlb, Deputy Clerk) (Entered: 01/04/2007)

Jan. 3, 2007

Judge Paul W. Grimm no longer assigned to case. (jlb, Deputy Clerk) (Entered: 01/04/2007)

Jan. 3, 2007
23

ORDER DISMISSING case with each party to bear its own costs unless otherwise agreed without prejudice to the right of a party to move for good cause to reopen this action if settlement is not consummated. Signed by Judge Richard D Bennett on 1/4/07. (jlb, Deputy Clerk) (Entered: 01/04/2007)

Jan. 4, 2007
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PAPERLESS ORDER. A telephone conference regarding the status of the settlement agreement between the parties will be held on THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 2007 AT 2 P.M. Only counsel for the parties need to participate in the call. Counsel for the EEOC shall coordinate and initiate the call to my chambers. Signed by Judge Paul W. Grimm on 01/26/2007. (Grimm, Paul)(kmw). (Entered: 01/26/2007)

Jan. 26, 2007
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SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT - CONSENT DECREE for Court Approval and Entry by EEOC. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit Exhibit A - Notice)(Quinlan, Cecile) (Entered: 02/09/2007)

Feb. 9, 2007
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CONSENT DECREE and APPROVAL. Signed by Judge Richard D Bennett on 2/9/07. (eg, Deputy Clerk) (Entered: 02/09/2007)

Feb. 9, 2007
27

NOTICE of Voluntary Dismissal by Algering Jennings (Jackson, Nicole) (Entered: 02/20/2007)

Feb. 20, 2007
28

NOTICE of Voluntary Dismissal by Jaculyn Ruffin (Kinder, Stephanie) (Entered: 02/20/2007)

Feb. 20, 2007
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MARGINAL ORDER APPROVING 27 Notice of Voluntary Dismissal with prejudice filed by Algering Jennings. Signed by Judge Richard D Bennett on 2/20/07. (hml, Deputy Clerk) (Entered: 02/21/2007)

Feb. 21, 2007
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MARGINAL ORDER APPROVING 28 Notice of Voluntary Dismissal with prejudice filed by Jaculyn Ruffin. Signed by Judge Richard D Bennett on 2/20/07. (hml, Deputy Clerk) (Entered: 02/21/2007)

Feb. 21, 2007

State / Territory: Maryland

Case Type(s):

Equal Employment

Special Collection(s):

EEOC Study — in sample

IWPR/Wage Project Consent Decree Study

Key Dates

Filing Date: Aug. 29, 2006

Closing Date: Feb. 9, 2010

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

Safeguard Maintenance Corp. (Cockeysville, MD), Private Entity/Person

Case Details

Causes of Action:

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), 42 U.S.C. §§ 12111 et seq.

State law

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: 60000

Order Duration: 2007 - 2010

Content of Injunction:

Discrimination Prohibition

Implement complaint/dispute resolution process

Reporting

Monitoring

Retaliation Prohibition

Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law

Provide antidiscrimination training

Issues

General:

Disparate Treatment

Discrimination-area:

Demotion

Discharge / Constructive Discharge / Layoff

Harassment / Hostile Work Environment

Hiring

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

Discrimination-basis:

Sex discrimination

Affected Gender:

Female

EEOC-centric:

Direct Suit on Merits