Case: EEOC v. PIONEER ASSOCIATES INC (d/b/a WILLIAMS ELECTRIC COMPANY)

1:03-cv-00184 | U.S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina

Filed Date: July 29, 2003

Closed Date: Nov. 17, 2004

Clearinghouse coding complete

Case Summary

In July 2003, the Charlotte office of the EEOC brought this suit against Pioneer Associates Inc. d/b/a Williams Electric Company in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina. The complaint alleged that the defendant discriminated against the claimants by: 1) paying lower wages to female Flaggers than male Groundsmen, 2) refusing to allow female Flaggers to work storm trips because of their sex, 3) engaging in a pattern or practice of classifying female employees to Fla…

In July 2003, the Charlotte office of the EEOC brought this suit against Pioneer Associates Inc. d/b/a Williams Electric Company in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina. The complaint alleged that the defendant discriminated against the claimants by: 1) paying lower wages to female Flaggers than male Groundsmen, 2) refusing to allow female Flaggers to work storm trips because of their sex, 3) engaging in a pattern or practice of classifying female employees to Flaggers thus denying them equal opportunity for advancement, and 4) refusing to requalify female employees into the Groundsman position. These actions were alleged violations of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Equal Pay Act. The case settled by entry of a consent decree in November 2004.

The one year consent decree required the defendant to refrain from discrimination and retaliation, expunge the claimant's records, give the claimants neutral references, pay the claimants $29,526 in damages, modify its written anti-discrimination policy, distribute the policy, post notice, and give the EEOC semi-annual reports of any complaints of discrimination under the EPA or Title VII.

Summary Authors

Kevin Wilemon (8/13/2007)

Documents in the Clearinghouse

Document

1:03-cv-00184

Docket (PACER)

EEOC v. Williams Electric Co

Nov. 17, 2004

Nov. 17, 2004

Docket
1

1:03-cv-00184

Complaint

EEOC v. Williams Electric Company

July 29, 2003

July 29, 2003

Complaint
3

1:03-cv-00184

Amended Complaint

EEOC v. Williams Electric Company

Sept. 23, 2003

Sept. 23, 2003

Complaint
9

1:03-cv-00184

Second Amended Complaint

EEOC v. Pioneer Associations, Inc.

Dec. 8, 2003

Dec. 8, 2003

Complaint
13

1:03-cv-00184

Consent Decree

EEOC v. Pioneer Associates, Inc.

Nov. 17, 2004

Nov. 17, 2004

Settlement Agreement

Resources

Docket

Last updated Aug. 12, 2022, 3:12 a.m.

ECF Number Description Date Link Date / Link
1

COMPLAINT (jhg) (Entered: 07/31/2003)

July 29, 2003

July 29, 2003

Consent to Trial by Magistrate Form given by Charlotte Clerk to counsel of record (jhg) (Entered: 07/31/2003)

July 29, 2003

July 29, 2003

3

AMENDED COMPLAINT by EEOC (Answer due 10/6/03 for Pioneer Assoc Inc, for Williams Elec Co ) amending [1-1] complaint and jury trial demand (jhg) (Entered: 09/25/2003)

Sept. 23, 2003

Sept. 23, 2003

3

Jury Demand by plaintiff EEOC included in the Amended Complaint (jhg) (Entered: 09/25/2003)

Sept. 23, 2003

Sept. 23, 2003

4

CONSENT/REFUSAL to Magistrate Jurisdiction by EEOC - refusal (jhg) (Entered: 09/25/2003)

Sept. 23, 2003

Sept. 23, 2003

5

CASE reassigned to Judge Lacy H. Thornburg - notice of reassignment mailed to parties. (jhg) (Entered: 09/25/2003)

Sept. 25, 2003

Sept. 25, 2003

CASE REFERRED to Judge Max O. Cogburn Jr. (jhg) (Entered: 09/25/2003)

Sept. 25, 2003

Sept. 25, 2003

6

WAIVER OF SERVICE Returned Executed as to Pioneer Assoc Inc 9/23/03 Answer due on 11/24/03 for Pioneer Assoc Inc (jhg) (Entered: 11/06/2003)

Oct. 31, 2003

Oct. 31, 2003

7

MOTION by EEOC to Amend [1-1] complaint referred to: Magistrate Judge Max O. Cogburn Jr. (jhg) (Entered: 11/24/2003)

Nov. 20, 2003

Nov. 20, 2003

Case file sent to Mag. Judge Cogburn (ejb) (Entered: 12/02/2003)

Dec. 2, 2003

Dec. 2, 2003

Case file returned to clerk's office (jhg) (Entered: 12/12/2003)

Dec. 8, 2003

Dec. 8, 2003

8

ORDER granting [7-1] motion to Amend [1-1] complaint ( signed by Magistrate Judge Max O. Cogburn Jr. ) [EOD DATE: 12/12/03] (jhg) (Entered: 12/12/2003)

Dec. 8, 2003

Dec. 8, 2003

9

SECOND AMENDED COMPLAINT by EEOC (Answer due 12/22/03 for Pioneer Assoc Inc, for Williams Elec Co ) amending [3-1] amended complaint by EEOC, [1-1] complaint (jhg) (Entered: 12/12/2003)

Dec. 8, 2003

Dec. 8, 2003

10

ANSWER to Complaint by Pioneer Assoc Inc, Williams Elec Co (jhg) (Entered: 12/30/2003)

Dec. 22, 2003

Dec. 22, 2003

11

Certificate of I.A.C. and Discovery Plan by plaintiff EEOC & defendants Williams Elec Co & Pioneer Assoc Inc (ejb) (Entered: 02/18/2004)

Feb. 12, 2004

Feb. 12, 2004

Case file sent to Judge Thornburg (ejb) (Entered: 02/18/2004)

Feb. 18, 2004

Feb. 18, 2004

Case file returned to clerk's office (jhg) (Entered: 02/23/2004)

Feb. 19, 2004

Feb. 19, 2004

12

INITIAL PRETRIAL ORDER Discovery deadline is 10/15/04 Motion filing deadline is 11/15/04 Mediation due: 11/5/04 Jury Trial set for 1/3/05 before Judge Lacy H. Thornburg ETT: 5 days ( signed by Judge Lacy H. Thornburg ) (jhg) (Entered: 02/23/2004)

Feb. 19, 2004

Feb. 19, 2004

CASE NO LONGER REFERRED TO Magistrate Judge Max O. Cogburn Jr. (pdf) (Entered: 07/01/2004)

June 30, 2004

June 30, 2004

13

(Consent Decree) ORDER ( signed by Judge Lacy H. Thornburg ) [EOD DATE: 11/19/04] (jhg) (Entered: 11/19/2004)

Nov. 17, 2004

Nov. 17, 2004

14

ORDER, Dismissing the above-captioned matter with prejudice ( signed by Judge Lacy H. Thornburg ) [EOD DATE: 11/19/04] (jhg) (Entered: 11/19/2004)

Nov. 17, 2004

Nov. 17, 2004

Case Details

State / Territory: North Carolina

Case Type(s):

Equal Employment

Special Collection(s):

EEOC Study — in sample

Multi-LexSum (in sample)

Key Dates

Filing Date: July 29, 2003

Closing Date: Nov. 17, 2004

Case Ongoing: No

Plaintiffs

Plaintiff Description:

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

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

Williams Electric Company (Shelby, N.C.), Private Entity/Person

Pioneer Associates Inc. (Shelby, N.C.), Private Entity/Person

Case Details

Causes of Action:

Equal Pay Act, 29 U.S.C. § 206(d)

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: 29526

Order Duration: 2004 - 2005

Content of Injunction:

Discrimination Prohibition

Retaliation Prohibition

Other requirements regarding hiring, promotion, retention

Provide antidiscrimination training

Monitoring

Expungement of Employment Record

Neutral/Positive Reference

Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law

Implement complaint/dispute resolution process

Reporting

Issues

General:

Disparate Treatment

Pattern or Practice

Discrimination-area:

Hiring

Pay / Benefits

Promotion

Discrimination-basis:

Sex discrimination

Affected Gender:

Female

EEOC-centric:

Direct Suit on Merits