Case: EEOC v. Metro Networks

4:02-cv-00974 | U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri

Filed Date: June 28, 2002

Closed Date: April 15, 2006

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Case Summary

In this Title VII lawsuit, the St. Louis District Office of the EEOC alleged that defendant, a provider of news and traffic reports to radio stations, subjected charging party, a Desk, Traffic and News reporter, to a hostile working environment and fired him because of his race (black). A white management official allegedly used racial epithets and told charging party that people of his race are "stupid" and should not be working at the station. The case was resolved through a consent decree wh…

In this Title VII lawsuit, the St. Louis District Office of the EEOC alleged that defendant, a provider of news and traffic reports to radio stations, subjected charging party, a Desk, Traffic and News reporter, to a hostile working environment and fired him because of his race (black). A white management official allegedly used racial epithets and told charging party that people of his race are "stupid" and should not be working at the station. The case was resolved through a consent decree which provides for payment of $150,000 to charging party.

Defendant agreed not to discriminate based on race in the hiring, firing, work assignments, pay, evaluation, promotion or any other term or condition of employment at defendant's St. Louis office. Defendant also agreed not to discriminate against or harass African-American employees and not to retaliate against any employee who opposes unlawful conduct. Defendant agreed to require the harasser to receive 20 hours of racial sensitivity training from a trainer approved by EEOC. Defendant also agreed to issue a letter of reprimand to the harasser, put him on probation, and make him ineligible for pay raises, increases in benefits, transfers to better jobs and promotions for one year. Defendant agreed to issue a letter of apology to charging party and to provide him with a signed letter of reference stating that his attendance and job performance as a reporter were excellent in all respects.

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Denise Heberle (10/1/2010)

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Consent Decree

April 15, 2003

April 15, 2003

Settlement Agreement

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Last updated Sept. 4, 2022, 3:05 a.m.

ECF Number Description Date Link Date / Link
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COMPLAINT; # Waivers of Service Issued: 2 # Counts: 1 Disclosure of Corp Cert issued to: dfts; jury demand (LJK) (Entered: 07/01/2002)

June 28, 2002

June 28, 2002

2

TRACK INFORMATION STATEMENT filed by plaintiff EEOC track 2 preferred (LJK) (Entered: 07/01/2002)

June 28, 2002

June 28, 2002

3

ORDER by Honorable Donald J. Stohr ORDERED pltf(s) shall forthwith serve process or mail waiver of service. ORDERED notwithstanding FRCP 26(d) and (f), any party who has entered an appearance may serve interrogs and request for production or inspection upon pltf at any time and upon any other party after that party's entry of appearance. Parties shall respond to discovery requests w/in 30 days of service of discovery requests. No party may take oral depositions or serve requests for admissions prior to the Court's issuance of a CMO. As permitted by this order, discovery shall commence immediately. FURTHER ORDERED pltf(s) shall serve a copy of this order along w/discovery requests to a party who has not entered an appearance as of the date of this order. (cc: all counsel) (KKS) (Entered: 07/01/2002)

July 1, 2002

July 1, 2002

4

MOTION by intervenor St. Anthony T. Hicks to intervene (LGK) (Entered: 07/02/2002)

July 1, 2002

July 1, 2002

5

ORDER by Honorable Donald J. Stohr denying St. Anthony's T. Hicks' motion to intervene [4−1] without prejudice for Hicks' failure to file a certificate of service evidencing service of the mtn of the parties to the lawsuit, pursuant to FRCP (cc: all counsel) (KKS) (Entered: 07/26/2002)

July 25, 2002

July 25, 2002

6

WAIVER OF SERVICE executed upon defendant Westwood One, Inc. on 7/29/02 personal service by serving David Hillman, VP Labor Relations (LGK) (Entered: 08/22/2002)

Aug. 20, 2002

Aug. 20, 2002

7

WAIVER OF SERVICE executed upon defendant Metro Networks on 7/29/02 personal service by serving David Hillman, VP Labor Relations (LGK) (Entered: 08/22/2002)

Aug. 20, 2002

Aug. 20, 2002

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MOTION by intervenor St. Anthony T. Hicks for reconsideration , or in the alternative renewed motion to intervene w/exhibits 1,2,3 attached (DLB) Modified on 09/11/2002 (Entered: 08/26/2002)

Aug. 23, 2002

Aug. 23, 2002

COMPLAINT by St. Anthony T. Hicks; # Counts: 2 exhibits attached: 1 (LGK) Modified on 10/17/2002 (Entered: 10/17/2002)

Sept. 11, 2002

Sept. 11, 2002

10

ATTORNEY APPEARANCE for defendant Metro Networks, defendant Westwood One, Inc. by Robert J. Golterman, Neal F. Perryman (KKS) (Entered: 09/17/2002)

Sept. 16, 2002

Sept. 16, 2002

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ANSWER by defendant Metro Networks, defendant Westwood One, Inc. to EEOC's Complaint [1−1] (KKS) (Entered: 09/17/2002)

Sept. 16, 2002

Sept. 16, 2002

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RULE 16 ORDER by Honorable Donald J. Stohr ; standard(2) track , Rule 16 Conference 10/18/02 @ 2:15 in chambers ; joint scheduling plan ddl 10/11/02 (cc: all counsel) (KKS) (Entered: 09/18/2002)

Sept. 18, 2002

Sept. 18, 2002

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ATTORNEY APPEARANCE for intervenor St. Anthony T. Hicks by Michelle D. Neumann (KKS) (Entered: 10/03/2002)

Oct. 2, 2002

Oct. 2, 2002

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JOINT PROPOSED SCHEDULING PLAN by plaintiff EEOC, defendant Metro Networks, defendant Westwood One, Inc. (KKS) (Entered: 10/11/2002)

Oct. 10, 2002

Oct. 10, 2002

15

MOTION by defendant Metro Networks, defendant Westwood One, Inc. EXTENTION OF TIME TO ANSWER to 10/31/2002 (LGK) (Entered: 10/16/2002)

Oct. 11, 2002

Oct. 11, 2002

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RULED DOCUMENT by Honorable Donald J. Stohr granting motion EXTENTION OF TIME TO ANSWER to 10/31/2002 [15−1] (cc: all counsel) (LGK) (Entered: 10/18/2002)

Oct. 18, 2002

Oct. 18, 2002

GENERIC SCHEDULING EVENT ; Rule 16 Conference satisfied (LGK) (Entered: 10/21/2002)

Oct. 18, 2002

Oct. 18, 2002

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CASE MANAGEMENT ORDER by Honorable Donald J. Stohr ; standard(2) track , ; motion to add party ddl 12/13/02 ; The parties shall make all disclosures required by Rule 26(a)(1) no later than 11/11/02. Pltf. and intervenor shall disclose all expert witnesses and shall provide the reports required no later than 3/3/03 and shall make expert witnesses available for depositions and have depositions completed no later than 3/31/03. Pltf. an intervenor shall disclose rebuttal experts and shall provide the reports required no later than 7/7/03 and shall make rebuttal experts available for depositions and have depositions completed no later than 8/4/03. Defts. shall disclose all expert witnesses and shall provide the reports required no later than 5/26/03 and shall make expert witnesses available for depositions and have depositions completed no later than 6/23/03. Defts. shall disclose rebuttal experts and shall provide the reports required no later than 7/7/03 and shall make rebuttal experts available for depositions and have depositions completed no later than 8/4/03. The limits of 10 depositions per side and 25 interrogatories per party shall apply. Requests for physical or mental examinations of parties must be made no later than 4/14/03 and any exam must be completed by 5/12/03. Disc completion ddl 8/22/03 ; Notice of Motion ddl set for 9/12/03 ; Motion Package ddl set for 10/22/03 ; non−disp motion ddl 10/2/03 ; jury trial 2/17/04 at 9:00 a.m. ; pt comp ddl 1/29/04 ; ADR future refer 12/27/02 and termination on 2/28/03 (cc: all counsel) (LGK) (Entered: 10/21/2002)

Oct. 18, 2002

Oct. 18, 2002

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ANSWER TO PLAINTIFF−INTERVENOR'S COMPLAINT by defendant Metro Networks, defendant Westwood One, Inc. to [0−1] (DLB) (Entered: 10/31/2002)

Oct. 30, 2002

Oct. 30, 2002

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ORDER REFERRING CASE TO ADR: by Honorable Donald J. Stohr Case set for mediation Designation of Lead Counsel: Anne E. Gusewelle ; ADR completion ddl 2/28/03 Designation of Neutral 1/17/03 ADR Conference Report ddl 1/17/03 (cc: all counsel) (KKS) (Entered: 12/27/2002)

Dec. 27, 2002

Dec. 27, 2002

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DESIGNATION NEUTRAL REPORT by plaintiff, defendant, intervenor Neutral: Jerome Diekemper; Conference set on 2/25/03 @ 9am in the offices of the neutral (KKS) (Entered: 01/17/2003)

Jan. 16, 2003

Jan. 16, 2003

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MOTION by defendant Metro Networks, defendant Westwood One, Inc. to extend time to 3/20/03 to respond to discovery requests (LGK) (Entered: 02/21/2003)

Feb. 20, 2003

Feb. 20, 2003

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RULED DOCUMENT by Honorable Donald J. Stohr granting motion to extend time to 3/20/03 to respond to discovery requests [23−1] (cc: all counsel) (DLB) (Entered: 03/06/2003)

March 6, 2003

March 6, 2003

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ADR COMPLIANCE REPORT An ADR conference was held on 2/25/03; Neutral: Jerome Diekemper; The parties did achieve a settlement. (LGK) (Entered: 03/13/2003)

March 12, 2003

March 12, 2003

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ORDER by Honorable Donald J. Stohr ORDERED that counsel shall file, within 14 days of the date of this order, a stipulation for dismissal, a motion for leave to voluntarily dismiss, or a proposed consent judgment. Failure timely to comply with this order may result in the dismissal of this action. , ; Dismsl papers ddl 3/27/03 (cc: all counsel) (LGK) (Entered: 03/13/2003)

March 13, 2003

March 13, 2003

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MOTION by movant Joseph Sonderman to intervene as party defendant (KKS) (Entered: 04/15/2003)

April 14, 2003

April 14, 2003

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ORDER by Honorable Donald J. Stohr denying Joseph Sonderman's motion to intervene as party defendant [27−1] (cc: all counsel) (DLB) (Entered: 04/15/2003)

April 15, 2003

April 15, 2003

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CONSENT DECREE by Honorable Donald J. Stohr for plaintiff EEOC against defendant Metro Networks, defendant Westwood One, Inc. see consent decree for details. terminating case (cc: all counsel) (DLB) (Entered: 04/15/2003)

April 15, 2003

April 15, 2003

Case Details

State / Territory: Missouri

Case Type(s):

Equal Employment

Special Collection(s):

IWPR/Wage Project Consent Decree Study

Key Dates

Filing Date: June 28, 2002

Closing Date: April 15, 2006

Case Ongoing: No

Plaintiffs

Plaintiff Description:

EEOC on behalf of African-American employee alleging harassment and discharge on basis of race

Plaintiff Type(s):

EEOC Plaintiff

Attorney Organizations:

EEOC

Public Interest Lawyer: Yes

Filed Pro Se: No

Class Action Sought: No

Class Action Outcome: Not sought

Defendants

Metro Networks Communications, Inc., Private Entity/Person

Case Details

Causes of Action:

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

Availably Documents:

Trial Court Docket

Injunctive (or Injunctive-like) Relief

Outcome

Prevailing Party: Plaintiff

Nature of Relief:

Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement

Source of Relief:

Settlement

Form of Settlement:

Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree

Amount Defendant Pays: 150,000

Order Duration: 2003 - 2006

Content of Injunction:

Recordkeeping

Provide antidiscrimination training

Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law

Expungement of Employment Record

Discrimination Prohibition

Develop anti-discrimination policy

Apology

Retaliation Prohibition

Issues

General:

Disparate Treatment

Discrimination-area:

Discharge / Constructive Discharge / Layoff

Harassment / Hostile Work Environment

Discrimination-basis:

Race discrimination

Race:

Black

EEOC-centric:

Direct Suit on Merits