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Case: EEOC v. Jerry Chambers Chevrolet, Inc.

2:03-cv-00080 | U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington

Filed Date: Jan. 15, 2003

Closed Date: March 8, 2008

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Case Summary

EEOC's Seattle, WA office filed this Title VII lawsuit alleging sexual harassment and retaliation against the defendant Jerry Chambers Chevrolet Inc. The defendant operated a car dealership in Bellingham, WA. The lawsuit was filed at the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington (Seattle) on 01/15/2003. EEOC alleged on behalf of a former female employee that she was subject to a sexually hostile work environment and was constructively discharged due to lack of corre…

EEOC's Seattle, WA office filed this Title VII lawsuit alleging sexual harassment and retaliation against the defendant Jerry Chambers Chevrolet Inc. The defendant operated a car dealership in Bellingham, WA. The lawsuit was filed at the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington (Seattle) on 01/15/2003. EEOC alleged on behalf of a former female employee that she was subject to a sexually hostile work environment and was constructively discharged due to lack of corrective measures from the defendant.

The individual complainant intervened in the EEOC lawsuit, alleging violation of the Washington state anti-discrimination statute as well as Title VII.

The parties reached a settlement agreement at a voluntary mediation conference on 02/12/2004. A consent decree was entered into judgment on 03/08/2004.

Under the four-year consent decree, the defendant agreed to pay the individual complainant $70,000. The defendant also agreed to expunge the individual's personnel record and provide neutral reference for her in the future. The consent decree additionally required the defendant to develop anti-discrimination policies and retain an independent sexual harassment consultant to conduct internal review and audit. The defendant would also need to post a notice of the lawsuit and provide annual training to its employees. The docket sheet does not show any further enforcement; the case was presumably closed in 2008.

Summary Authors

Justin Kanter (8/12/2007)

Clearinghouse (6/12/2017)

Documents in the Clearinghouse

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Docket [PACER]

March 8, 2004

March 8, 2004

Docket
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Complaint

Jan. 15, 2003

Jan. 15, 2003

Complaint
7

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Complaint for Damages and Unpaid Wages [of Plaintiff Intervenor]

March 19, 2003

March 19, 2003

Pleading / Motion / Brief
15

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Plaintiff in Intervention Amy Seaman's Amended Complaint for Damages and Unpaid Wages

Aug. 8, 2003

Aug. 8, 2003

Pleading / Motion / Brief
26

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Consent Decree and Order

March 8, 2004

March 8, 2004

Settlement Agreement

Resources

Docket

Last updated Nov. 30, 2022, 3:16 a.m.

ECF Number Description Date Link Date / Link
1

COMPLAINT and JURY DEMAND (Summons(es) issued) Receipt # fee waived (USA) (PM) (Entered: 01/21/2003)

Jan. 15, 2003

Jan. 15, 2003

2

ATTORNEY APPEARANCE for defendant Jerry Chambers Chev by Dan'L W Bridges (MD) (Entered: 01/23/2003)

Jan. 22, 2003

Jan. 22, 2003

3

ANSWER to complaint [1-1] by defendant Jerry Chambers Chev (MD) (Entered: 01/23/2003)

Jan. 22, 2003

Jan. 22, 2003

4

RETURN OF SERVICE of summons and complaint executed upon defendant Jerry Chambers Chev on 1/28/03 (MD) (Entered: 02/07/2003)

Feb. 6, 2003

Feb. 6, 2003

5

RETURN OF SERVICE of summons and complaint executed upon defendant Jerry Chambers Chev on 1/20/03 (MD) (Entered: 02/18/2003)

Feb. 14, 2003

Feb. 14, 2003

6

ORDER RE: INITIAL DISCLOSURES, JOINT STATUS REPORT AND EARLY SETTLEMENT. Joint Status Report due 4/3/03 (cc: counsel, Judge) (MD) (Entered: 02/21/2003)

Feb. 21, 2003

Feb. 21, 2003

7

AMENDED COMPLAINT [1-1] by plaintiff EEOC (MD) (Entered: 03/20/2003)

March 19, 2003

March 19, 2003

8

MOTION and memorandum in support of by Amy Seaman to intervene as pltf NOTED FOR 4/4/03 (MD) (Entered: 03/20/2003)

March 19, 2003

March 19, 2003

9

DECLARATION of Karen Leigh Funston re motion to intervene as pltf [8-1] (MD) (Entered: 03/20/2003)

March 19, 2003

March 19, 2003

LODGED ORDER: re: motion to intervene as pltf [8-1] (MD) (Entered: 03/20/2003)

March 19, 2003

March 19, 2003

10

STATUS MEMORANDUM/REPORT AND DISCOVERY PLAN by plaintiff (MD) (Entered: 04/04/2003)

April 3, 2003

April 3, 2003

11

RESPONSE AND JOINDER by defendant re: pltf's status memorandum [10-1] (MD) (Entered: 04/07/2003)

April 7, 2003

April 7, 2003

12

ORDER by Judge Marsha J. Pechman GRANTING motion to intervene as pltf [8-1] intervenor-plaintiff Amy Seaman (cc: counsel, Judge) (MD) (Entered: 04/09/2003)

April 8, 2003

April 8, 2003

13

ORDER SETTING TRIAL and RELATED DATES by Judge Pechman: Jury trial set for 3/8/04 ; Deadline to Join Additional Parties is 5/13/03 Disclosure of expert testimony due: 9/10/03 ; Motion filing ddl 10/10/03 ; Discovery deadline set for 11/10/03 ; Dispositive Motions to be filed by 12/9/03 ; Settlement conf. per CR 39.1(c)(2) by 1/8/04 ; 39.1 designation effective 2/6/04 ; Motions in Limine deadline 2/9/04 ; Agreed Pretrial Order set for 2/25/04 ; Pretrial Conference set for 1:30 2/27/04 ; Trial brief and exhibits to be submitted by 3/3/04 ; Proposed Voir dire/jury instructions 3/3/04 ; (cc: counsel, Judge) Length of trial: 8 days (MD) (Entered: 04/15/2003)

April 15, 2003

April 15, 2003

14

ANSWER to pltf's personal intervention Complaint by Defendant Jerry Chambers Chevrolet Inc.(MD, ) (Entered: 07/22/2003)

July 15, 2003

July 15, 2003

15

AMENDED COMPLAINT against defendant Jerry Chambers Chevrolet Inc , filed by intervention Amy Seaman.(MD, ) (Entered: 08/14/2003)

Aug. 8, 2003

Aug. 8, 2003

16

AFFIDAVIT OF SERVICE OF DEPOSITION SUBPOENA of Michael Zatine served on 9/24/03. (MD, ) (Entered: 09/30/2003)

Sept. 25, 2003

Sept. 25, 2003

17

AFFIDAVIT OF SERVICE RE: FIRST INTERROGATORIES AND REQUESTS FOR PRODUCTION. (MD, ) (Entered: 10/06/2003)

Oct. 1, 2003

Oct. 1, 2003

18

ORDER regarding use of CM/ECF system, by Judge Marsha J. Pechman. (Goldberg, Rachel) (Entered: 11/06/2003)

Nov. 6, 2003

Nov. 6, 2003

19

Letter from Plaintiff Amy Seaman's attorney re defendants' motion to extend the Court's deadline for mediation. (AF, ) (Entered: 01/27/2004)

Jan. 15, 2004

Jan. 15, 2004

20

STIPULATION of parties modifying pretrial deadlines . (Healy, Teri) (Entered: 02/05/2004)

Feb. 5, 2004

Feb. 5, 2004

21

NOTICE by Intervenor Plaintiff Amy Seaman Substitution of Counsel (Garrett, Deborra) (Entered: 02/06/2004)

Feb. 6, 2004

Feb. 6, 2004

22

STIPULATION AND ORDER re 20 Stipulation TO EXTEND DATES- Motions in Limine due by 2/19/2004; 39.1 Settlement Report due by 2/12/2004. by Judge Marsha J. Pechman. (MD, ) (Entered: 02/11/2004)

Feb. 10, 2004

Feb. 10, 2004

NOTICE - The pretrial order lodging date is rescheduled to February 23, 2004. (ES) (Entered: 02/11/2004)

Feb. 11, 2004

Feb. 11, 2004

NOTICE of Hearing:Because of the court's unavailability on 2/27/04, the pretrial conference is rescheduled to 2/24/04 at 1:30 p.m. before Hon. Marsha J. Pechman. (ES) (Entered: 02/11/2004)

Feb. 11, 2004

Feb. 11, 2004

23

NOTICE that on February 12, 2004, the parties participated in a mediation. This matter is now resolved. (Temp1, ) (Entered: 02/18/2004)

Feb. 14, 2004

Feb. 14, 2004

24

STIPULATION of parties Consent Decree and Proposed Order . (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit A - EEO Policy# 2 Exhibit B - Notice to Employees)(Healy, Teri) (Entered: 02/20/2004)

Feb. 20, 2004

Feb. 20, 2004

25

STIPULATION of parties Consent Decree - with Stipulated order previously excluded . (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit A - EEO Policy# 2 Exhibit B - Notice to Employees)(Healy, Teri) (Entered: 02/23/2004)

Feb. 23, 2004

Feb. 23, 2004

26

CONSENT DECREE by Judge Marsha J. Pechman. (MD, ) (Entered: 03/08/2004)

March 8, 2004

March 8, 2004

Case Details

State / Territory: Washington

Case Type(s):

Equal Employment

Special Collection(s):

EEOC Study — in sample

IWPR/Wage Project Consent Decree Study

Multi-LexSum (in sample)

Key Dates

Filing Date: Jan. 15, 2003

Closing Date: March 8, 2008

Case Ongoing: No

Plaintiffs

Plaintiff Description:

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

Plaintiff Type(s):

Private Plaintiff

EEOC Plaintiff

Attorney Organizations:

EEOC

Public Interest Lawyer: Yes

Filed Pro Se: No

Class Action Sought: No

Class Action Outcome: Not sought

Defendants

Jerry Chambers Chevrolet Inc. (Bellingham, WA), 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

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: 70000

Order Duration: 2004 - 2008

Content of Injunction:

Expungement of Employment Record

Neutral/Positive Reference

Discrimination Prohibition

Retaliation Prohibition

Develop anti-discrimination policy

Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law

Provide antidiscrimination training

Implement complaint/dispute resolution process

Reporting

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