Case: EEOC v. Great Steaks, Inc. d/b/a "Austin's Restaurant"

1:05-cv-00744 | U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina

Filed Date: Aug. 26, 2005

Closed Date: 2009

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Case Summary

In August 2005, the Charlotte District Office of the EEOC brought suit in U.S. District Court, North Carolina Middle District, against Great Steaks, Inc. and Clipper Seafood Restaurant Inc., two companies which were jointly operating Austin's Restaurant in North Carolina. The suit alleged that the defendants subjected female employees to unwelcome sexual contact and verbal sexual harassment in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act.In December of 2006, the case against Clipper Seafood w…

In August 2005, the Charlotte District Office of the EEOC brought suit in U.S. District Court, North Carolina Middle District, against Great Steaks, Inc. and Clipper Seafood Restaurant Inc., two companies which were jointly operating Austin's Restaurant in North Carolina. The suit alleged that the defendants subjected female employees to unwelcome sexual contact and verbal sexual harassment in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act.

In December of 2006, the case against Clipper Seafood was voluntarily dismissed. In December of 2007, Great Steaks moved for summary judgment. Disputes over the defendant's briefs (including their font size and the content of their supporting affidavits) stretched into April of 2008.

On September 8, 2008, the court denied the defendant's motion for summary judgment. Then on December 29, 2009, the jury found in favor of the defendant. The EEOC asked the judge to set aside the jury's verdict, but the court refused, and dismissed plaintiff's claims.

On June 2, 2009, the court denied the defendant attorney's fees and costs.

Summary Authors

Jason Chester (5/28/2008)

Sean Whetstone (5/21/2018)

People


Judge(s)

Beaty, James A. Jr. (North Carolina)

Dixon, Wallace W. (North Carolina)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Barnes, Lynette (North Carolina)

Dreiband, Eric S. (District of Columbia)

Lee, James L. (District of Columbia)

Mahood, Zoe G. (North Carolina)

Reams, Gwendolyn Young (District of Columbia)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Hamlet, Fred T. (North Carolina)

Other Attorney(s)

Active

Judge(s)

Beaty, James A. Jr. (North Carolina)

Dixon, Wallace W. (North Carolina)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Barnes, Lynette (North Carolina)

Dreiband, Eric S. (District of Columbia)

Lee, James L. (District of Columbia)

Mahood, Zoe G. (North Carolina)

Reams, Gwendolyn Young (District of Columbia)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Hamlet, Fred T. (North Carolina)

Other Attorney(s)

Zimmerman, Katherine Abigail (North Carolina)

Documents in the Clearinghouse

Document

Docket [PACER]

EEOC v. Great Steaks, Inc.

March 19, 2012 Docket
1

Complaint

EEOC v. Great Steaks, Inc.

Aug. 26, 2005 Complaint
60

Order

EEOC v. Great Steaks, Inc.

Sept. 8, 2008 Order/Opinion
121

Order

EEOC v. Great Steaks, Inc.

June 2, 2010 Order/Opinion

Docket

Last updated May 12, 2022, 8 p.m.

Docket sheet not available via the Clearinghouse.

State / Territory: North Carolina

Case Type(s):

Equal Employment

Special Collection(s):

EEOC Study — in sample

Key Dates

Filing Date: Aug. 26, 2005

Closing Date: 2009

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

Clipper Seafood Restaurant (Greensboro, North Carolina and High Point, North Carolina), Private Entity/Person

Great Steaks, Inc. (Greensboro, North Carolina and High Point, North Carolina), Private Entity/Person

Case Details

Causes of Action:

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

Availably Documents:

Trial Court Docket

Complaint (any)

Non-settlement Outcome

Any published opinion

Outcome

Prevailing Party: Defendant

Nature of Relief:

None

Source of Relief:

None

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