Case: EEOC v. Pizza Hut of America, Inc.

5:00-cv-00774 | U.S. District Court for the Central District of California

Filed Date: Sept. 28, 2000

Closed Date: July 25, 2003

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Case Summary

In September 2000 the Los Angeles district office of the EEOC brought this suit against Pizza Hut of America, Inc. in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. The complaint is unavailable; however court documents indicate that the EEOC brought the suit on behalf of four female former employees who were subjected to a sexually hostile work environment.

The case was settled in June 2003 by the entry of a consent decree. The defendant agreed to pay the complainants $360,000.00 in resolution of their claims, representing $35,209 in backpay and $324,791 in compensatory damages. The defendant was required to retain an Equal Employment Opportunity Consultant and to provide EEO training to its managerial employees. In addition, the defendant was required to keep records of all formal complaints and report to the EEOC on a semi-annual basis.

Summary Authors

Kevin Wilemon (11/1/2007)

Documents in the Clearinghouse

Document

5:00-cv-00774

Docket [PACER]

EEOC v. Pizza Inc

July 14, 2003

July 14, 2003

Docket

5:00-cv-00774

EEOC Litigation Settlement Report

EEOC v. Pizza Hut of America

No Court

June 18, 2003

June 18, 2003

Press Release
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5:00-cv-00774

Consent Decree

June 19, 2003

June 19, 2003

Settlement Agreement

EEOC Press Release

EEOC v. Pizza Hut of America

No Court

June 19, 2003

June 19, 2003

Press Release

Resources

Docket

Last updated Aug. 30, 2022, 3:01 a.m.

ECF Number Description Date Link Date / Link
1

COMPLAINT filed Summons(es) issued referred to Discovery Stephen J. Hillman (jag) (Entered: 10/03/2000)

Sept. 28, 2000

Sept. 28, 2000

2

CERTIFICATION OF INTERESTED PARTIES filed by plaintiff US EEOC (jag) (Entered: 10/03/2000)

Sept. 28, 2000

Sept. 28, 2000

4

NOTICE OF CLERICAL ERROR - Case was inadvertently assigned to Western Division. Pursuant to GO 98-3, case has been reassigned to the Eastern Division. The former case number CV 00-10420 CM (SHx) has been reassigned to case number EDCV 00-774 RT (Ex). All documents filed with the court must reflect the newly assigned case number to ensure proper routing of the documents. (kc) (Entered:

Oct. 2, 2000

Oct. 2, 2000

3

STANDING ORDER by Judge Carlos R. Moreno. This action has been assigned to the cal of Judge Carlos R Moreno. (mch) (Entered: 10/10/2000)

Oct. 6, 2000

Oct. 6, 2000

6

ANSWER filed by defendant Pizza Hut of America to complaint [1-1] (mrgo) (Entered: 12/06/2000)

Dec. 1, 2000

Dec. 1, 2000

7

NOTICE OF INTERESTED PARTIES filed by defendant Pizza Hut of America (mrgo) (Entered: 12/06/2000)

Dec. 1, 2000

Dec. 1, 2000

8

PROOF OF SERVICE by defendant Pizza Hut of America on 12/4/00 of ntc of int ptys (am) (Entered: 12/08/2000)

Dec. 5, 2000

Dec. 5, 2000

9

STIPULATION and ORDER by Judge Robert J. Timlin extending to 1/31/01 to conduct the early meeting of cnsl & rule 26 meeting (am) (Entered: 12/27/2000)

Dec. 26, 2000

Dec. 26, 2000

10

MINUTES: Scheduling conference set on 2:30 3/30/01 Effec 1/16/01 the USDC will relocate by Judge Robert J. Timlin CR: None (am) (Entered: 01/24/2001)

Jan. 23, 2001

Jan. 23, 2001

11

JOINT REPORT OF EARLY MEETING OF COUNSEL filed. Estimated (am) (Entered: 01/30/2001)

Jan. 24, 2001

Jan. 24, 2001

12

JOINT REPORT OF EARLY MEETING OF COUNSEL filed. Estimated length of trial (no estimate) (mrgo) (Entered: 03/19/2001)

March 16, 2001

March 16, 2001

13

MINUTES: Ntc of cont re sched conf ; sched conference cont to 9:30 7/9/01 by Judge Robert J. Timlin CR: n/a (mrgo) (Entered: 03/29/2001)

March 29, 2001

March 29, 2001

14

NOTICE AND REQUEST Of Settlement Procedure Selection fld Parties request to apr before Discovery Charles F. Eick for sttlmnt procdgs Order by Judge Robert J. Timlin granting settlement procedure selection request [14-1] (am) (Entered: 05/11/2001)

May 9, 2001

May 9, 2001

15

STIPULATED INTERIM ORDER re disclosure of docs by Judge Robert J. Timlin (mrgo) (Entered: 06/08/2001)

June 7, 2001

June 7, 2001

16

MINUTES: ; mandatory status/scheduling conf set for 3:00 8/10/01 . Effective 1/16/01 the USDC will be located @ the address listed. by Judge Robert J. Timlin CR: None (am) (Entered: 06/29/2001)

June 28, 2001

June 28, 2001

17

MINUTES: ; Scheduling conference held , ;discovery ddl set on 12/10/01 ; motion filing ddl set on 1/28/02 ; pretrial conference on 9:30 5/13/02 ; jury trial set on 8:30 6/9/02 ; 10 day estimate; crt ords that plf will go forward w/5 plfs as part of the class & that there will be no others added by Judge Robert J. Timlin CR: n/a (mrgo) (Entered: 08/13/2001)

Aug. 10, 2001

Aug. 10, 2001

18

NOTICE by defendant Pizza Hut of America of taking deposition of Stephanie Burkhart on 9/28/01; issued subpoena (am) (Entered: 08/24/2001)

Aug. 22, 2001

Aug. 22, 2001

19

NOTICE by defendant Pizza Hut of America of taking deposition of Monica Lopez on 9/28/01; issued subpoena (am) (Entered: 08/24/2001)

Aug. 22, 2001

Aug. 22, 2001

21

ORDER by Discovery Charles F. Eick: settlement conference 3:00 11/21/01 ; courtroom 20, 312 N Spring St, Los Angeles; sttlmnt conf stmt, not exceeding 5 pages, of ea pty be subm directly to chambers (room 342) NLT 11/14/01, copies of stmt need not be svc on opp cnsl (send) (lc) (Entered: 10/01/2001)

Sept. 28, 2001

Sept. 28, 2001

56

MAIL Returned [55-2] addressed to defendant Pizza Inc (mrgo) (Entered: 10/08/2002)

Oct. 3, 2001

Oct. 3, 2001

22

STIPULATION and ORDER by Discovery Charles F. Eick Settlement conference be resched to 3:00 12/13/01 (SEND) (ir) (Entered: 11/07/2001)

Nov. 5, 2001

Nov. 5, 2001

23

STIPULATION and ORDER by Judge Robert J. Timlin ; Dft shall have until 1/4/02 to designate a resp expert & srv a resp experts rept; & discovery ddl set on 1/31/02 (am) (Entered: 11/08/2001)

Nov. 6, 2001

Nov. 6, 2001

24

NOTICE of appearnce by plaintiff US EEOC (am) (Entered: 12/13/2001)

Dec. 12, 2001

Dec. 12, 2001

25

STIPULATION and REQUEST FOR EXT OF TIME FOR PLF & DFT TO CONDUCT EXPERT DEPOS & ORDER by Judge Robert J. Timlin: the ptys respectfully request that this Court permit the ptys an ext of time of 6 days, up to & including February 8, to conduct the depos of experts; IT IS SO ORDERED. (ad) (Entered: 01/17/2002)

Jan. 15, 2002

Jan. 15, 2002

26

NOTICE OF MOTION AND MOTION by plaintiff US EEOC to transfer case to the USDC Western Div ; motion hearing set for 10:00 2/25/02 (am) (Entered: 01/31/2002)

Jan. 29, 2002

Jan. 29, 2002

27

OPPOSITION by defendant Pizza Hut of America to plf's motion to transfer case to the USDC Western Div [26-1] (mrgo) (Entered: 02/12/2002)

Feb. 11, 2002

Feb. 11, 2002

28

REPLY by plaintiff US EEOC to opp to Motion to transfer case to the USDC Western Div [26-1] (ad) (Entered: 02/27/2002)

Feb. 15, 2002

Feb. 15, 2002

29

ORDER by Judge Robert J. Timlin DENYING Plf's Motion to transfer case to the USDC Western Div [26-1]: (see doc for fur details) (ad) (Entered: 03/11/2002)

March 8, 2002

March 8, 2002

30

NOTICE OF MOTION AND MOTION by defendant Pizza Hut of America to extend dispositive mot deadline ; motion hearing set for 10:00 4/8/02 (mrgo) (Entered: 03/22/2002)

March 18, 2002

March 18, 2002

31

MEMORANDUM OF PA IN SUPPORT by defendant Pizza Hut of America of its motion to extend dispositive mot deadline [30-1] (mrgo) (Entered: 03/22/2002)

March 18, 2002

March 18, 2002

32

DECLARATION of John C Wynne by defendant Pizza Hut of America in suppt of dft's motion to extend dispositive mot deadline (mrgo) (Entered: 03/22/2002)

March 18, 2002

March 18, 2002

33

DECLARATION of Robert L Kenny by defendant Pizza Hut of America in suppt of dft's motion to extend dispositive mot deadline (mrgo) (Entered: 03/22/2002)

March 18, 2002

March 18, 2002

35

AMENDED NOTICE by defendant Pizza Hut of America of hearing resetting hearing on motion to extend dispositive mot deadline [30-1] 10:00 4/8/02 (am) (Entered: 03/29/2002)

March 22, 2002

March 22, 2002

36

OPPOSITION by plaintiff US EEOC to motion to extend dispositive mot deadline [30-1] (am) (Entered: 03/29/2002)

March 22, 2002

March 22, 2002

37

PROOF OF SERVICE by defendant Pizza Hut of America on 3/18/02 of ntc of mot to ext disp mot deadline (am) (Entered: 03/29/2002)

March 26, 2002

March 26, 2002

38

REPLY by defendant Pizza Hut of America to plf's opp to dft's motion to extend dispositive mot deadline [30-1] (mrgo) (Entered: 04/04/2002)

April 2, 2002

April 2, 2002

39

DECLARATION of Johns C Wynne by defendant Pizza Hut of America in suppt of dft's reply to plf's opp to dft's motion to extend dispositive mot deadline (mrgo) (Entered: 04/04/2002)

April 2, 2002

April 2, 2002

40

STIPULATION and ORDER by Judge Robert J. Timlin to ext time to exchange exh & wit lists & memo of contentions of fact & law to 4/22/02 ;Final Pretrial Conference cont to 4:30 5/24/02 (mrgo) (Entered: 04/19/2002)

April 18, 2002

April 18, 2002

41

STIPULATION and ORDER by Judge Robert J. Timlin dismissing w/prej Monica Lopez as an Affected Class Member (Lopez not named in cmp) (mrgo) (Entered: 04/26/2002)

April 25, 2002

April 25, 2002

42

MINUTES: (In chambs) Notice correcting date sched for trial ; jury trial set on 8:30 6/4/02 by Judge Robert J. Timlin CR: n/a (mrgo) (Entered: 05/01/2002)

April 30, 2002

April 30, 2002

44

MEMORANDUM OF CONTENTIONS OF FACT and LAW by plaintiff US EEOC (ad) (Entered: 05/06/2002)

May 2, 2002

May 2, 2002

43

ORDER by Judge Robert J. Timlin denying dft's motion to extend dispositive mot deadline [30-1] (mrgo) (Entered: 05/06/2002)

May 3, 2002

May 3, 2002

45

JOINT EXHIBIT & WIT list filed. (mrgo) (Entered: 05/06/2002)

May 3, 2002

May 3, 2002

46

MEMO OF CONTENTIONS OF FACT and LAW by defendant Pizza Hut of America (mrgo) (Entered: 05/06/2002)

May 3, 2002

May 3, 2002

PLACED IN FILE - NOT USED Propd ord ext deadline to file dispositive mot. (am) (Entered: 05/22/2002)

May 21, 2002

May 21, 2002

49

NOTICE of appearance by plaintiff US EEOC. (la) (Entered: 05/31/2002)

May 23, 2002

May 23, 2002

50

TRIAL BRIEF FILED by plaintiff US EEOC. (la) (Entered: 05/31/2002)

May 23, 2002

May 23, 2002

47

STIPULATION and ORDER by Judge Robert J. Timlin referring sched of sttlmnt conf to Magistrate Judge Margaret A. Nagle (mrgo) (Entered: 05/28/2002)

May 24, 2002

May 24, 2002

48

MINUTES: Pretrial Conference held; crt ord that the case caption be changed to reflect the correct dft's name as Pizza Inc; crt signs the PT ord & grants cnsls' req to bifurcate the tria; jury trial cont to 8:30 2/11/03 by Judge Robert J. Timlin CR: Walter Ledge (mrgo) (Entered: 05/28/2002)

May 24, 2002

May 24, 2002

51

FINAL PRE-TRIAL CONFERENCE ORDER approved by Judge Robert J. Timlin (cc: all counsel) (la) (Entered: 05/31/2002)

May 24, 2002

May 24, 2002

52

MOTION by defendant Pizza Inc in limine re availability of punitive damages (la) (Entered: 05/31/2002)

May 24, 2002

May 24, 2002

53

DECLARATION of Robin A Wofford by defendant Pizza Inc in suppt of its motion in limine re availability of punitive damages [52-1] (mrgo) (Entered: 06/03/2002)

May 24, 2002

May 24, 2002

55

MINUTES: The case is called. Ana Y. Park, Regional Atty, Peter F. Laura, Senior Trial Atty, and Samantha E. Blake, Trial Atty for the US Equal Employ Opportunity Commission, appear on behalf of clmnts Debra Carter, Stephanie Buckhart & Roseanne Sanchez, who are all present, and on behalf of clmnt Arliss Valcarcel, who is not present. John C. Wynne, of Duckor, Spradling & Metzger, appears on behalf of dft, along with client representatives Melanie K. Morgan, Litigation & Human Resources Cnsl for Pizza Hut, Inc., and Craig R. Annunziata of Baker & McKenzie, cnsl for Lexington Ins Co, the insurance carrier for Pizza Hut, Inc. The ptys are cont to discuss sttlmnt under crt supervision. Settlement conference held by Magistrate Judge Margaret A. Nagle CR: n/a Tape 02-36 (3391 - 3447) (twdb) (Entered: 09/23/2002)

Sept. 19, 2002

Sept. 19, 2002

57

MINUTES: The court sets a further settlement conference in this matter ; Settlement conference 10:00 12/12/02 by Magistrate Judge Margaret A. Nagle CR: n/a (twdb) (Entered: 12/11/2002)

Dec. 9, 2002

Dec. 9, 2002

58

MINUTES: Further Settlement Conference. The case is called. Peter F. Laura, Senior Trial Attorney, of the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, appears on behalf of plaintiff. John C. Wynne & Vivian Schultz, of Duckor, Spradling & Metzger, appear on behalf of defendant, along with client-representatives Melanie K. Morgan, Litigation and Human Resources Counsel for . Plaintiff's counsel shall initiate the call with the court at (213) 894-8540 ; Settlement conference 3:00 1/16/02 by Magistrate Judge Margaret A. Nagle Tape: 02-49(2852-2894) (twdb) (Entered: 12/16/2002)

Dec. 12, 2002

Dec. 12, 2002

59

MINUTES: by Discovery Margaret A Nagle ; Telephonic settlement conference continued 1:00 1/24/03 CR: NA (yc) (Entered: 01/17/2003)

Jan. 16, 2003

Jan. 16, 2003

60

JOINT STIPULATION & ORDER by Judge Robert J. Timlin: trial date cont to 8:30 4/15/03 (ad) (Entered: 02/07/2003)

Feb. 6, 2003

Feb. 6, 2003

61

MINUTES (IN CHAMBERS) The Court schedules a telephonic fur settlement conference set on 12:30 2/10/03 . Defense counsel shall initiate the call with the Court at 213-894-8540 by Magistrate Judge Margaret A. Nagle CR: N/A (rl) (Entered: 02/07/2003)

Feb. 6, 2003

Feb. 6, 2003

62

MINUTES (IN CHAMBERS) telephone conference set on 12:00 2/21/03 . Defense counsel shall initiate the call with the Court at 213-894-8540 by Magistrate Judge Margaret A. Nagle CR: N/A (rl) (Entered: 02/18/2003)

Feb. 14, 2003

Feb. 14, 2003

63

MINUTES: ; telephone conference continued on 12:00 4/2/03 by Discovery Margaret A. Nagle CR: N/A (yc) (Entered: 03/19/2003)

March 18, 2003

March 18, 2003

64

MINUTES: by Judge Margaret A Nagle; ; telephone conference set on 11:00 4/10/03 for further settlement conference CR: N/A (yc) (Entered: 04/09/2003)

April 4, 2003

April 4, 2003

65

STIPULATION TO CONTINUE TRIAL DATE and ORDER by Judge Robert J. Timlin: IT IS ORDERED that the pending trial date in this action shall be continued

April 11, 2003

April 11, 2003

67

JOINT STIPULATION TO CONTINUE DATE FOR COMPLIANCE WITH SECTION VIII OF CONSENT DECREE; and ORDER by Judge Robert J. Timlin: IT IS ORDERED that the time for Pizza Hut to mail payments pursuant to Sections VIII(A) and (C) of the Consent Decree shall be extended up to and including 7/25/03 (ad) (Entered: 07/16/2003)

July 14, 2003

July 14, 2003

Case Details

State / Territory: California

Case Type(s):

Equal Employment

Special Collection(s):

EEOC Study — in sample

IWPR/Wage Project Consent Decree Study

Key Dates

Filing Date: Sept. 28, 2000

Closing Date: July 25, 2003

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

Pizza Hut of America, Inc., Private Entity/Person

Pizza Hut of American, Inc., Private Entity/Person

Case Details

Causes of Action:

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

Availably Documents:

Trial Court Docket

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: 360000

Order Duration: 2003 - 2005

Content of Injunction:

Provide antidiscrimination training

Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law

Discrimination Prohibition

Retaliation Prohibition

Reporting

Recordkeeping

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