2:99-cv-01442 | U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington

Filed Date: Sept. 7, 1999

Closed Date: June 13, 2003

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Case Summary

In September 1999, the EEOC district office in Seattle, Washington brought this suit against the H. Dahlby Company in the U.S. district Court for the Western District of Washington. The suit alleged that the defendant sexually harassed, retaliated against, and constructively discharged a male employee because of his sex in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Six months after the defendant answered the complaint, the parties settled and a consent decree was entered in March 2000.

In the consent decree, the parties agreed that the defendant would pay the aggrieved male $39,000, refrain from retaliating and discriminating on the basis of sex, improve and strengthen its anti-discrimination policy, distribute the policy, implement a complaint procedure, provide a total of four hours of EEO training, post an EEO notice, and submit annual complaint reports. No fees or costs were awarded. The terms of the agreement ran for thirty-nine months.

Summary Authors

Jason Chester (7/18/2007)

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Docket [PACER]

EEOC v. H. Dahlby Company

March 13, 2000 Docket

Consent Decree

EEOC v. H. Dahlby Company

March 13, 2000 Settlement Agreement


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ECF Number Description Date Link

COMPLAINT AND JURY DEMAND (Summons(es) issued) Receipt # waived (USA) (PM) (Entered: 09/13/1999)

Sept. 7, 1999

RETURN OF SERVICE of summons and complaint executed upon defendant H Dahlby Company on 9/8/99 (dktclk) (Entered: 09/17/1999)

Sept. 13, 1999

ATTORNEY APPEARANCE for defendant H Dahlby Company by Lawton H Hansell (dktclk) (Entered: 09/17/1999)

Sept. 16, 1999

NOTICE OF HEARING: ; status hrg set for 9:00 11/30/99 (cc: all counsel) (dktclk) (Entered: 09/30/1999)

Sept. 24, 1999

ORDER re: DISCOVERY and DEPOSITIONS by Chief Judge John C. Coughenour (cc: counsel, Judge) (dktclk) (Entered: 09/30/1999)

Sept. 29, 1999

ANSWER to complaint [1-1] by defendant (RS) (Entered: 09/30/1999)

Sept. 29, 1999

NOTICE OF HEARING: ; status hrg continued from 11/30/99 to 9:00 12/8/99 (cc: all counsel) (dktclk) (Entered: 11/09/1999)

Nov. 9, 1999

RETURN of SERVICE of summons et al on Curtis A. Clement (VK) (Entered: 12/01/1999)

Nov. 23, 1999

MINUTES OF STATUS CONF: JCC; Dep Clerk: DS; CR: J. Roth; Pla Counsel J. Stanley; Def Counsel P. Hearn; ; pretrial order ddl set for 10/27/00 ; trial brief ddl is set for 11/2/00 ; Voir dire/jy inst is set for 11/2/00 ; jury trial is set for 11/6/00 ; 9:00 12/8/99 Deadline to Join Additional Parties is 4/3/00 ; ; 39.1 designation effective on 1/12/00 (SL) (Entered: 12/14/1999)

Dec. 8, 1999

LODGED ORDER: consent decree (MH) (Entered: 03/10/2000)

March 10, 2000

CONSENT DECREE by Chief Judge John C. Coughenour (cc: counsel, Judge, Jgm. Book, Julie) Entered on: 3/13/00 (MH) (Entered: 03/13/2000)

March 13, 2000

State / Territory: Washington

Case Type(s):

Equal Employment

Special Collection(s):

EEOC Study — in sample

IWPR/Wage Project Consent Decree Study

Key Dates

Filing Date: Sept. 7, 1999

Closing Date: June 13, 2003

Case Ongoing: No


Plaintiff Description:

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

Plaintiff Type(s):

EEOC Plaintiff

Attorney Organizations:


Public Interest Lawyer: Yes

Filed Pro Se: No

Class Action Sought: No

Class Action Outcome: Not sought


H. Dahlby Company, Private Entity/Person

H. Dahlby Company, Private Entity/Person

Case Details

Causes of Action:

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

Availably Documents:

Trial Court Docket

Monetary Relief

Injunctive (or Injunctive-like) Relief


Prevailing Party: Plaintiff

Nature of Relief:

Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement


Source of Relief:


Form of Settlement:

Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree

Amount Defendant Pays: 39000

Order Duration: 2000 - 2003

Content of Injunction:

Retaliation Prohibition

Discrimination Prohibition

Develop anti-discrimination policy

Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law

Provide antidiscrimination training

Implement complaint/dispute resolution process





Disparate Treatment



Discharge / Constructive Discharge / Layoff

Harassment / Hostile Work Environment


Sex discrimination

Affected Gender:



Direct Suit on Merits