Case: EEOC v. RLS Inc., d/b/a "SEBO's Do-It-Center"

2:04-cv-02066 | U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington

Filed Date: Sept. 30, 2004

Closed Date: Sept. 14, 2008

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Case Summary

In September 2004, the Seattle District Office of the EEOC brought this suit against RLS, Inc., d/b/a Sebo's Do-It-Center, in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington. 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 in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, resulting in the constructive discharge of the charging party. The chargi…

In September 2004, the Seattle District Office of the EEOC brought this suit against RLS, Inc., d/b/a Sebo's Do-It-Center, in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington. 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 in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, resulting in the constructive discharge of the charging party. The charging party intervened in the suit in January 2005. After a scheduling order, the parties participated in mediation in late August 2005 and settled through a consent decree in mid September.

The three-year decree prohibited the defendant from retaliating and required the defendant to: provide the charging party with a positive employment reference, impose appropriate discipline upon those who discriminate, appoint an EEO coordinator, revise its employee appraisal process to include evaluation of employees' commitment to equal employment opportunity, provide sexual harassment training for all its employees, report to the EEOC at specified intervals, and pay $120,000 to the charging party. The docket sheet does not show any further enforcement took place; the case was presumably closed in 2008.

Summary Authors

Michele Marxkors (7/27/2007)

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2:04-cv-02066

Docket [PACER]

EEOC v. RLS, Inc. d/b/a "Sebo's Do-It-Center"

Nov. 21, 2005

Nov. 21, 2005

Docket
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Complaint

EEOC v. RLS, Inc. d/b/a "Sebo's Do-It-Center"

Sept. 30, 2004

Sept. 30, 2004

Complaint
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Intervener's Amended Supplemental Complaint for Damages for Harassment and Discrimination with Jury Demand

EEOC v. RLS, Inc. d/b/a Sebo's Do-It-Center

Feb. 9, 2005

Feb. 9, 2005

Complaint
21

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Consent Decree

EEOC v. RLS, Inc. d/b/a Sebo's Do-It-Center

Sept. 13, 2005

Sept. 13, 2005

Settlement Agreement
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Order Approving Consent Decree

EEOC v. RLS, Inc. d/b/a Sebo's Do-It-Center

Sept. 14, 2005

Sept. 14, 2005

Order/Opinion

2:04-cv-02066

EEOC Litigation Settlement Report - September 2005

EEOC v. RLS, Inc. d/b/a SEBO'S Do-It-Center

No Court

Sept. 30, 2005

Sept. 30, 2005

Press Release

Resources

Docket

See docket on RECAP: https://www.courtlistener.com/docket/4409896/equal-employment-opportunity-commission-v-rls-inc/

Last updated Aug. 9, 2022, 3:15 a.m.

ECF Number Description Date Link Date / Link
1

COMPLAINT and JURY TRIAL DEMAND against defendant RLS Inc (Summons(es) issued) (Receipt # fee waived), filed by Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. (Attachments: # 1 Civil Cover Sheet)(PM, ) Additional attachment(s) added on 10/4/2004 (PM, ). Additional attachment(s) added on 10/8/2004 (PM, ). (Entered: 10/04/2004)

2 Civil Cover Sheet

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4 Notice of Electronic Case

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Sept. 30, 2004

Sept. 30, 2004

RECAP
2

DECLARATION OF SERVICE OF SUMMONS and Complaint upon defendant RLS Inc on 10/13/2004 (CL, ) (Entered: 10/18/2004)

Oct. 15, 2004

Oct. 15, 2004

PACER
3

NOTICE of Appearance by attorney John J Greaney, Jr on behalf of Defendant RLS Inc (Greaney, John) (Entered: 10/22/2004)

Oct. 22, 2004

Oct. 22, 2004

PACER
4

ANSWER to Complaint by RLS Inc.(Greaney, John) (Entered: 11/03/2004)

Nov. 3, 2004

Nov. 3, 2004

PACER
5

ORDER REGARDING INITIAL DISCLOSURES, JOINT STATUS REPORT AND EARLY SETTLEMENT Joint Status Report due by 12/29/2004, by Judge Ricardo Martinez. (LC, ) (Entered: 11/16/2004)

Nov. 16, 2004

Nov. 16, 2004

PACER
6

NOTICE of Appearance by Peter Moote and Jessie Valentine on behalf of intervener Gloria Crouch. (Moote, Peter) Modified text on 12/8/2004 (AF, ). (Entered: 12/07/2004)

Dec. 7, 2004

Dec. 7, 2004

PACER
7

MOTION to Intervene with supporting memorandum by Intervenor Plaintiff Gloria Crouch. Noting Date 12/24/2004. (Attachments: # 1 Complaint# 2 Proposed Order)(Moote, Peter) (Entered: 12/07/2004)

2 Complaint

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3 Proposed Order

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Dec. 7, 2004

Dec. 7, 2004

PACER
8

JOINT STATUS REPORT AND DISCOVERY PLAN filed by all parties. Est. Trial Days: eight. (Stanley, John) (Entered: 12/28/2004)

Dec. 28, 2004

Dec. 28, 2004

PACER
9

ORDER granting 7 MOTION to Intervene with supporting memorandum filed by Gloria Crouch, by Judge Ricardo Martinez. (RS, ) (Entered: 01/03/2005)

Jan. 3, 2005

Jan. 3, 2005

PACER
10

INTERVENOR COMPLAINT filed by Gloria Crouch.(RS, ) (Entered: 01/03/2005)

Jan. 3, 2005

Jan. 3, 2005

PACER
11

SCHEDULING ORDER: Jury Trial set for 4/17/2006 09:00 AM before Hon. Ricardo Martinez. Joinder of Parties due by 7/1/2005; Expert Witness Disclosure due by 9/30/2005; Motions due by 10/28/2005; Discovery due by 11/30/2005; Dispositive motions due by 12/28/2005; 39.1 Mediation to be completed by 5/31/2005; Motions in Limine due by 3/20/2006; Pretrial Order due by 4/5/2006; Trial briefs to be submitted by 4/12/2006; Voir dire/jury instructions due by 4/12/2006; Proposed Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law to be submitted by 4/12/2006 by Judge Ricardo Martinez. (LW) (Entered: 01/14/2005)

Jan. 14, 2005

Jan. 14, 2005

PACER
12

AMENDED MOTION to Intervene by Claimant Gloria Crouch, with supporting memorandum by Intervenor Plaintiff Gloria Crouch. Noting Date 2/11/2005. (Attachments: # 1amended complaint # 2proposed order)(Moote, Peter) Text Modified and attachments named on 1/24/2005 (RS, ). (Entered: 01/21/2005)

2 amended complaint

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3 proposed order

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Jan. 21, 2005

Jan. 21, 2005

PACER
13

Stipulated MOTION to Intervene by Intervenor Plaintiff Gloria Crouch. Noting Date 2/11/2005. (Attachments: # 1proposed amended complaint # 2proposed order)(Moote, Peter) Modified on 2/9/2005 to name attachments (RS, ). (Entered: 02/08/2005)

2 proposed amended complaint

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3 proposed order

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Feb. 8, 2005

Feb. 8, 2005

PACER
14

Supplemental AMENDED COMPLAINT against defendant RLS Inc, filed by Gloria Crouch.(Moote, Peter) (Entered: 02/09/2005)

Feb. 9, 2005

Feb. 9, 2005

PACER
15

NOTICE by Intervenor Plaintiff Gloria Crouch of Withdrawal of Amended and Stipulated Motions to Intervene Dated 1/21/05 and 2/8/05 (Moote, Peter) (Entered: 02/09/2005)

Feb. 9, 2005

Feb. 9, 2005

PACER
16

Defendant's ANSWER to Amended Complaint by RLS Inc.(Greaney, John) (Entered: 02/18/2005)

Feb. 18, 2005

Feb. 18, 2005

PACER
17

ACCEPTANCE OF SERVICE of summons and complaint by counsel John Greaney on behalf of Defendant RLS Inc on 02/16/05. (Greaney, John) (Entered: 02/18/2005)

Feb. 18, 2005

Feb. 18, 2005

PACER
18

MOTION for Extension of Time To Complete Mediation and proposed order by Plaintiff Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Noting Date 5/23/2005. (Katahira, Wesley)Text Modified on 5/24/2005 (RS, ). (Entered: 05/23/2005)

May 23, 2005

May 23, 2005

PACER
19

ORDER granting 18 MOTION for Extension of Time To Complete Mediation filed by Equal Employment Opportunity Commission; mediation ddl continued to 8/31/05 by Judge Ricardo Martinez. (RS, ) (Entered: 05/31/2005)

May 27, 2005

May 27, 2005

PACER
20

NOTICE from Mediator Judge Larry Jordan, that on 8/31/05, the parties participated in a mediation. This matter is now resolved. (CL, ) (Entered: 09/08/2005)

Sept. 6, 2005

Sept. 6, 2005

PACER
21

STIPULATION AND PROPOSED ORDER Consent Decree by parties. (Katahira, Wesley) (Entered: 09/13/2005)

Sept. 13, 2005

Sept. 13, 2005

PACER
22

ORDER APPROVING CONSENT DECREE by Judge James L. Robart. (RS, ) (Entered: 09/15/2005)

Sept. 14, 2005

Sept. 14, 2005

PACER
23

Stipulated MOTION and Proposed Order by Defendant RLS Inc. (Greaney, John) Modified text on 11/21/2005 (RS, ). (Entered: 11/18/2005)

Nov. 18, 2005

Nov. 18, 2005

PACER
24

ORDER granting 23 Stipulated Motion for dismissal with prejudice by Judge Ricardo S Martinez.(RS, ) (Entered: 11/21/2005)

Nov. 21, 2005

Nov. 21, 2005

PACER

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: Sept. 30, 2004

Closing Date: Sept. 14, 2008

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

RLS, Inc. (Clinton, WA), Private Entity/Person

Case Details

Causes of Action:

State law

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: 120000

Order Duration: 2005 - 2008

Content of Injunction:

Neutral/Positive Reference

Discrimination Prohibition

Retaliation Prohibition

Provide antidiscrimination training

Reporting

Issues

General:

Disparate Treatment

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