Case: EEOC v. Ryan's Family Steak Houses, Inc.

1:04-cv-00006 | U.S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina

Filed Date: Jan. 8, 2004

Closed Date: 2008

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Case Summary

EEOC's Washington DC and Charlotte, NC offices jointly filed this sexual harassment and retaliation lawsuit against the defendant, Ryan's Family Steak Houses, Inc. in the United States District Court for the Western District of North Caroline (Asheville)) on 01/08/2004. EEOC alleged on behalf of three female employees at defendants' Shelby, NC restaurant that the defendant condoned a supervisor's sexual harassment activities, including inappropriate physical and verbal conduct. EEOC also clai…

EEOC's Washington DC and Charlotte, NC offices jointly filed this sexual harassment and retaliation lawsuit against the defendant, Ryan's Family Steak Houses, Inc. in the United States District Court for the Western District of North Caroline (Asheville)) on 01/08/2004. EEOC alleged on behalf of three female employees at defendants' Shelby, NC restaurant that the defendant condoned a supervisor's sexual harassment activities, including inappropriate physical and verbal conduct. EEOC also claimed that the hostile work environment resulted in the constructive discharge of one employee. The constructively discharged employee intervened in the suit.

The parties settled without engaging in much discovery. A three-year consent decree was entered on 01/26/2005.

Under the decree, the defendant would pay the three complainants a total of $150,000 in back pay. The defendant must eliminate records of the lawsuit and relevant events from the employees' employment records and provide neutral letters of reference. Prohibited from discriminating and retaliating on the basis of sex in the future, the defendant must also provide annual training to all employees at the Shelby, NC restaurant. Additionally, the defendant was required to distribute its revised EEO policies and post notice of the settlement of the lawsuit. The decree was to last for three years. The docket sheet doesn't show any further enforcement took place; the case was presumably closed in 2008.

Summary Authors

Justin Kanter (6/17/2007)

People

For PACER's information on parties and their attorneys, see: https://www.courtlistener.com/docket/4304847/parties/eeoc-v-ryans-fam-steak-hou/


Judge(s)

Howell, Dennis L. (North Carolina)

Judge(s)

Howell, Dennis L. (North Carolina)

Documents in the Clearinghouse

Document

1:01-cv-00006

Docket

Jan. 26, 2005

Jan. 26, 2005

Docket
1

1:04-cv-00006

Complaint

Jan. 8, 2004

Jan. 8, 2004

Complaint
16

1:04-cv-00006

Complaint in Intervention

April 15, 2004

April 15, 2004

Complaint
23

1:04-cv-00006

Consent Decree

Jan. 26, 2005

Jan. 26, 2005

Settlement Agreement

Resources

Docket

See docket on RECAP: https://www.courtlistener.com/docket/4304847/eeoc-v-ryans-fam-steak-hou/

Last updated June 3, 2022, 3:07 a.m.

ECF Number Description Date Link Date / Link
1

COMPLAINT (jhg) (Entered: 01/13/2004)

Jan. 8, 2004

Jan. 8, 2004

RECAP
2

CONSENT/REFUSAL to Magistrate Jurisdiction by EEOC - consent (jhg) (Entered: 01/13/2004)

Jan. 8, 2004

Jan. 8, 2004

PACER
3

ANSWER to Complaint by Ryan's Fam Steak Hou (jhg) (Entered: 02/06/2004)

Feb. 3, 2004

Feb. 3, 2004

PACER
4

Disclosure of Corporate Affiliations other entities with a direct financial interest in litigation by Ryan's Fam Steak Hou (jhg) (Entered: 02/06/2004)

Feb. 3, 2004

Feb. 3, 2004

PACER
5

CONSENT/REFUSAL to Magistrate Jurisdiction by Ryan's Fam Steak Hou - refusal (jhg) (Entered: 02/06/2004)

Feb. 3, 2004

Feb. 3, 2004

PACER
6

CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE by Ryan's Fam Steak Hou (jhg) (Entered: 02/06/2004)

Feb. 3, 2004

Feb. 3, 2004

PACER
7

MOTION by Ryan's Fam Steak Hou for E. Grantland Burns to Appear Pro Hac Vice referred to: Magistrate Judge Max O. Cogburn Jr. (jhg) (Entered: 02/06/2004)

Feb. 3, 2004

Feb. 3, 2004

PACER
8

AFFIDAVIT of E. Grantland Burns filed by Ryan's Fam Steak Hou re: [7-1] motion for E. Grantland Burns to Appear Pro Hac Vice (jhg) (Entered: 02/06/2004)

Feb. 3, 2004

Feb. 3, 2004

PACER
9

CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE by Ryan's Fam Steak Hou (jhg) (Entered: 02/06/2004)

Feb. 3, 2004

Feb. 3, 2004

PACER
10

ORDER granting [7-1] motion for E. Grantland Burns to Appear Pro Hac Vice ( signed by Magistrate Judge Max O. Cogburn Jr. ) [EOD DATE: 2/11/04] (jhg) (Entered: 02/11/2004)

Feb. 10, 2004

Feb. 10, 2004

PACER
11

MOTION for permission to Intervene by Christina J. Scruggs referred to: Judge Lacy H. Thornburg (ejb) (Entered: 03/18/2004)

March 12, 2004

March 12, 2004

PACER
12

BRIEF by Christina J. Scruggs in support of [11-1] motion for permission to Intervene by Christina J. Scruggs (ejb) (Entered: 03/18/2004)

March 12, 2004

March 12, 2004

PACER
13

Certificate of I.A.C. and Discovery Plan by movant Christina J. Scruggs, defendant Ryan's Fam Steak Hou, plaintiff EEOC (jhg) (Entered: 04/09/2004)

April 8, 2004

April 8, 2004

PACER
14

ORDER granting [11-1] motion for permission to Intervene by Christina J. Scruggs and that deft file and answer or other responsvie pleading within twenty days after service of this Order. ( signed by Judge Lacy H. Thornburg ) [EOD DATE: 4/16/04] (jhg) (Entered: 04/16/2004)

April 15, 2004

April 15, 2004

PACER
15

INITIAL PRETRIAL ORDER Discovery deadline is 12/17/04 Motion filing deadline is 1/14/05 Mediation due: 11/15/04 Jury Trial set for 3/7/05 before Judge Lacy H. Thornburg ETT: 5 days ( signed by Judge Lacy H. Thornburg ) (jhg) (Entered: 04/16/2004)

April 15, 2004

April 15, 2004

PACER
16

Intervenor's COMPLAINT by Christina J. Scruggs against Ryan's Fam Steak Hou (ejb) Modified on 04/27/2004 (Entered: 04/27/2004)

April 15, 2004

April 15, 2004

PACER
17

ANSWER by Ryan's Fam Steak Hou to [16-1] intervenor complaint (ejb) Modified on 04/27/2004 (Entered: 04/27/2004)

April 19, 2004

April 19, 2004

PACER
18

Consent ORDER Enlarging Time for Discovery Responses, reset Discovery deadline to 7/21/04 ( signed by Judge Lacy H. Thornburg ) [EOD DATE: 6/23/04] (jhg) Modified on 06/24/2004 (Entered: 06/23/2004)

June 22, 2004

June 22, 2004

PACER
19

MOTION by Ryan's Fam Steak Hou to Compel pltf-intervenor to submit to a mental examination referred to: Magistrate Judge Dennis L. Howell (jhg) (Entered: 11/04/2004)

Nov. 3, 2004

Nov. 3, 2004

PACER
20

MEMORANDUM by Ryan's Fam Steak Hou in support of [19-1] motion to Compel pltf-intervenor to submit to a mental examination by Ryan's Fam Steak Hou (jhg) (Entered: 11/04/2004)

Nov. 3, 2004

Nov. 3, 2004

PACER
21

Certificate of completion of ADR session Session Type: Mediation, Result: Settled (jhg) (Entered: 11/23/2004)

Nov. 19, 2004

Nov. 19, 2004

PACER
22

Letter NOTICE of Settlement during Mediation by Ryan's Fam Steak Hou (jhg) (Entered: 11/23/2004)

Nov. 22, 2004

Nov. 22, 2004

PACER
23

CONSENT DECREE by defendant Ryan's Fam Steak Hou, plaintiff EEOC, intervenor-plaintiff Christina J. Scruggs, intervenor-defendant Ryan's Fam Steak Hou (pdf) (Entered: 01/27/2005)

Jan. 26, 2005

Jan. 26, 2005

RECAP

Case Details

State / Territory: North Carolina

Case Type(s):

Equal Employment

Special Collection(s):

EEOC Study — in sample

IWPR/Wage Project Consent Decree Study

Key Dates

Filing Date: Jan. 8, 2004

Closing Date: 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

Ryan's Family Steak Houses, Inc. (Shelby, NC), Private Entity/Person

Ryan's Family Steak Houses, Inc. (Jacksonville, NC), Private Entity/Person

Case Details

Causes of Action:

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: 150000

Order Duration: 2005 - 2008

Content of Injunction:

Expungement of Employment Record

Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law

Neutral/Positive Reference

Retaliation Prohibition

Develop anti-discrimination policy

Discrimination Prohibition

Reporting

Provide antidiscrimination training

Monitoring

Issues

General:

Disparate Treatment

Pattern or Practice

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