Case: EEOC v. S & Z Tool & Die Co., Inc.

1:03-cv-02023 | U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio

Filed Date: Sept. 30, 2003

Closed Date: Nov. 16, 2009

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Case Summary

In September 2003, the EEOC district office in Cleveland, Ohio brought this suit against S&Z Tool & Die Co., a tool & die manufacturer and distributor, in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio. One African-American female who was denied hire intervened. The EEOC and intervenor's complaints alleged that S&Z repeatedly violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and section 4112.99 of the Ohio Revised Code, respectively, when it refused to hire females for any other p…

In September 2003, the EEOC district office in Cleveland, Ohio brought this suit against S&Z Tool & Die Co., a tool & die manufacturer and distributor, in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio. One African-American female who was denied hire intervened. The EEOC and intervenor's complaints alleged that S&Z repeatedly violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and section 4112.99 of the Ohio Revised Code, respectively, when it refused to hire females for any other position than receptionist. The EEOC also alleged violations of race discrimination based on findings made while investigating the intervenor's initial sex discrimination claim. After only one case management hearing and two status reports, the parties settled the case and a consent decree was entered.

Per the consent decree, the defendant must (1) not discriminate on the basis of sex and/or race; (2) post Title VII notices conspicuously; (3) provide two hours of training for non-supervisory employees and four hours of training for supervisory employees; (4) employ an EEO Consultant to monitor the day-to-day Title VII compliance; (5) allow the EEOC to revise the defendant's current anti-discrimination policy; (6) pay intervenor $30,000 in satisfaction for her refusal to hire claim, $30,000 for attorney's fees and $60,000 for compensatory damages; and (7) pay $850,000 in a "Class Fund" to satisfy any future claims of unidentified (but at least 20) class members. The decree was to last for 39 months. The docket sheet doesn't show any further enforcement took place; the case was presumably closed in 2009.

Summary Authors

Joel Pettit (6/6/2007)

Documents in the Clearinghouse

Document

Docket

EEOC v. S&Z Tool & Die Co., Inc.

April 2, 2007 Docket
1

Complaint and Jury Trial Demand

Sept. 30, 2003 Complaint
6-2

Complaint of Intervenor Molly Baron (Jury Demand Endorsed Hereon)

EEOC v. S&Z Tool & Die Co., Inc.

Dec. 4, 2003 Complaint
10

Complaint of Intervenor Molly Baron (Jury Demand Endorsed Hereon)

EEOC v. S&Z Tool & Die Co., Inc.

Jan. 8, 2004 Complaint
20

Consent Decree

EEOC v. S&Z Tool & Die Co., Inc.

Aug. 16, 2006 Settlement Agreement

EEOC Press Release

EEOC v. S & Z Tool & Die Company

No Court

Aug. 25, 2006 Press Release

Resources

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Judicial Independence, Employment Discrimination Studies Funded

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Docket

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

ECF Number Description Date Link
1

Complaint with jury demand against S & Z Tool & Die Co., Inc. (1 summons and Magistrate Consent Forms issued). Filed by Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. (Attachments: # 1 Civil Cover Sheet)(B, BA) (Entered: 10/01/2003)

Sept. 30, 2003
3

Notice of Placement of case in the CM/ECF Docketing System (B, BA) (Entered: 10/01/2003)

Sept. 30, 2003
4

Motion for extension of time until 11/10/03 to respond to complaint filed by S & Z Tool & Die Co., Inc. Related document(s)1. (Balazs, Mary) Modified text on 10/21/2003 (E, P). (Entered: 10/20/2003)

Oct. 20, 2003

Order (non-document) entered 10/22/2003 granting defendant's Motion for extension of time until 11/10/2003 to respond to complaint (Related Doc # 4). Judge Kathleen M. O'Malley (H, C) (Entered: 10/22/2003)

Oct. 22, 2003
5

Answer to Complaint Defendant's Answer to Plaintiff's Complaint (Related Doc # 1) filed by S & Z Tool & Die Co., Inc.. (Balazs, Mary) (Entered: 11/10/2003)

Nov. 10, 2003
6

Motion to intervene as a party filed by Molly Baron. (Attachments: # 1 Proposed Intervenor's Complaint)(Niermann, Dennis) (Entered: 12/04/2003)

Dec. 4, 2003
7

Opposition to Motion to intervene as a party filed by S & Z Tool & Die Co., Inc.. Related document(s)6. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit A-unreported case) (Balazs, Mary) (Entered: 12/18/2003)

Dec. 18, 2003
8

Unopposed Motion to enlarge time by 14 days to file reply brief to S&Z's memoranda opposing her motion to intervene filed by Molly Baron. (Niermann, Dennis) Modified text of docket entry on 12/24/2003 (B, B). (Entered: 12/23/2003)

Dec. 23, 2003
9

Reply memorandum to S Z Tool & Dye, Inc.s memorandum in opposition to her motion to intervene filed by Molly Baron. Related document(s)6. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit A: Charge of Discrimination # 2 Case Cite # 3 Affidavit of Molly Anne Baron)(Niermann, Dennis) Modified text of docket entry on 1/5/2004 (B, B). (Entered: 01/02/2004)

Jan. 2, 2004

Order (non-document) entered 1/6/2004 granting plaintiff's Motion for extension of time until 1/13/2004 to file reply in support of motion to intervene (Related Doc # 8). Judge Kathleen M. O'Malley (H, C) (Entered: 01/06/2004)

Jan. 6, 2004

Order (non-document) entered 1/6/2004 granting Molly Baron's Motion to intervene (Related Doc # 6). Intervention as of right is granted. The Court will exercise jurisdiction over all claims in plaintiff/intervenor's proposed complaint. Judge Kathleen M. O'Malley (H, C) (Entered: 01/06/2004)

Jan. 6, 2004
10

Intervenor's complaint against S&Z Tool & Die Co., Inc. . Filed by Molly Baron. (Attachments: # 1)(Niermann, Dennis) (Entered: 01/08/2004)

Jan. 8, 2004
11

Answer to Intervenor Complaint (Related Doc # 10) filed by S & Z Tool & Die Co., Inc.. (Balazs, Mary) Modified text on 2/23/2004 (E, P). (Entered: 02/20/2004)

Feb. 20, 2004
12

Case Management Conference Notice & Order. Case management conference to be held on 4/26/2004 at 12:30 PM at Chambers 16A. Parties to file position statement prior to conference. Signed by Judge Kathleen M. O'Malley on 4/2/2004. (Attachments: # 1 Position statement)(H, C) (Entered: 04/02/2004)

April 2, 2004
13

Joint Position Statement re: Case Management Conference Agenda filed by S & Z Tool & Die Co., Inc.. (Balazs, Mary) Modified text of docket entry on 4/16/2004 (B, B). (Entered: 04/15/2004)

April 15, 2004
14

Case Management Plan. CMC held 4/26/2004. Case assigned to complex track. Case is ORDERED into ECF. Case is suitable for ADR and will be referred at a later date, as needed. Parties do not consent to jurisdiction of Magistrate Judge. Rule 26 disclosures due by 5/4/2004, Non-expert Discovery due by 12/31/2004, plaintiff's expert reports due by 10/31/2004, defendants' expert reports due by 11/30/2004, expert discovery due by 1/31/2005, Parties to be Joined and Pleading Amendments due by 10/1/2004, Dispositive Motions due by 3/31/2005, with status conference to be held on 10/8/2004 at 12:30 PM at Chambers 16A. Status reports due every 45 days. Signed by Judge Kathleen M. O'Malley on 4/26/2004. (H, C) (Entered: 04/26/2004)

April 26, 2004
15

First Joint Status Report filed by S & Z Tool & Die Co., Inc.. (Balazs, Mary) Modified text of docket entry on 6/10/2004 (B, B). (Entered: 06/09/2004)

June 9, 2004
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Second Joint Status Report filed by S & Z Tool & Die Co., Inc.. Related document(s)14. (Balazs, Mary) Modified text of docket entry on 7/28/2004 (B, B). (Entered: 07/26/2004)

July 26, 2004
17

Minutes of proceedings. Status hearing held on 10/8/04 before Judge Kathleen M. O'Malley. Another telephone conference to be on 11/10/2004 at 9:00 if Court has not received consent decree. (Court Reporter: none.) (C, K A) Modified text of docket entry on 10/18/2004 (B, B). (Entered: 10/08/2004)

Oct. 8, 2004
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Joint Motion to Enter Consent Decree filed by all parties. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit A# 2 Exhibit B# 3 Exhibit C# 4 Exhibit D)(Poulos, Peter) Modified text of docket entry on 8/4/2006 (B, B). (Entered: 08/03/2006)

Aug. 3, 2006
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Corporate Disclosure Statement filed by S & Z Tool & Die Co., Inc.. (Poulos, Peter) (Entered: 08/04/2006)

Aug. 4, 2006
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Consent decree of judgment. Signed by Judge Kathleen M. O'Malley on 8/15/06. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit)(C, K A) (Entered: 08/17/2006)

Aug. 16, 2006

State / Territory: Ohio

Case Type(s):

Equal Employment

Special Collection(s):

EEOC Study — in sample

IWPR/Wage Project Consent Decree Study

Key Dates

Filing Date: Sept. 30, 2003

Closing Date: Nov. 16, 2009

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: Yes

Class Action Outcome: Granted

Defendants

S&Z Tool & Die Co., Inc., Private Entity/Person

Case Details

Causes of Action:

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

State Anti-Discrimination Law

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: 970000

Order Duration: 2006 - 2009

Content of Injunction:

Retaliation Prohibition

Hire

Discrimination Prohibition

Utilize objective hiring/promotion criteria

Provide antidiscrimination training

Follow recruitment, hiring, or promotion protocols

Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law

Recordkeeping

Implement complaint/dispute resolution process

Reporting

Goals (e.g., for hiring, admissions)

Monitoring

Issues

General:

Disparate Treatment

Pattern or Practice

Discrimination-area:

Hiring

Discrimination-basis:

Race discrimination

Sex discrimination

Race:

Black

Affected Gender:

Female

EEOC-centric:

Direct Suit on Merits

Private Party intervened in EEOC suit