Case: EEOC v. MAHARAJA HOSPITALITY/TRAVEL LODGE

2:05-cv-06693 | U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania

Filed Date: Dec. 22, 2005

Closed Date: 2010

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Case Summary

The Philadelphia Office of the EEOC filed this action in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. The Defendant was Maharaja Hospitality, Inc., otherwise known as Quality Inn by Choice Hotels. The controversy involved the alleged sexual harassment, termination, and constructive discharge of three named female employees and an unidentified class of female employees in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The lawsuit was filed in December 2005 and was resolved by consent decree in August 2007. The complainants, who intervened in the case, were awarded a total of $35,000, and a guarantee of neutral reference. In addition, the company was required to provide training, had to post and distribute a Notice, and had to adopt an anti-discrimination policy and a complaint procedure. 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 2010.

Summary Authors

Kevin Wilemon (7/1/2008)

People


Judge(s)

Giles, James Tyrone (Pennsylvania)

Wells, Carol Sandra (Pennsylvania)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Cooper, Ronald S. (District of Columbia)

Lee, James L. (District of Columbia)

McNair, Jacqueline H. (Pennsylvania)

O'Boyle, Judith A. (Pennsylvania)

Ramos, Marisol (Pennsylvania)

Reams, Gwendolyn Young (District of Columbia)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

McHugh, Patrick M. (Pennsylvania)

Other Attorney(s)

Active

Judge(s)

Giles, James Tyrone (Pennsylvania)

Wells, Carol Sandra (Pennsylvania)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Cooper, Ronald S. (District of Columbia)

Lee, James L. (District of Columbia)

McNair, Jacqueline H. (Pennsylvania)

O'Boyle, Judith A. (Pennsylvania)

Ramos, Marisol (Pennsylvania)

Reams, Gwendolyn Young (District of Columbia)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

McHugh, Patrick M. (Pennsylvania)

Other Attorney(s)

Hirsch, Joseph A. (Pennsylvania)

Documents in the Clearinghouse

Document

Docket (PACER)

EEOC v. Maharaja Hospitality, Inc.

Aug. 1, 2007 Docket
1

Complaint

EEOC v. Maharaja Hospitality, Inc.

Dec. 22, 2005 Complaint
11

Complaint of Intervener Jennifer Heckrote

EEOC and Kimberly E. Hicks, Naimah N. Carmichael, and Jennifer Heckrote v. Maharaja Hospitality, Inc.

Feb. 13, 2006 Complaint
10

Complaint of Intervener Kimberly E. Hicks

EEOC and Kimberly E. Hicks, Naimah N. Carmichael, and Jennifer Heckrote v. Maharaja Hospitality, Inc.

Feb. 13, 2006 Complaint
27

Order

EEOC, et al v. Maharaja Hospitality, Inc.

Sept. 27, 2006 Order/Opinion
12

Complaint of Intervener Naimah N. Carmichael

EEOC and Kimberly E. Hicks, Naimah N. Carmichael, and Jennifer Heckrote v. Maharaja Hospitality, Inc.

Dec. 13, 2006 Complaint
29

Order

EEOC, et al v. Maharaja Hospitality, Inc.

May 30, 2007 Order/Opinion
32

Consent Decree

EEOC v. Maharaja Hospitality Inc.

Aug. 1, 2007 Settlement Agreement

Docket

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

ECF Number Description Date Link
1

COMPLAINT against MAHARAJA HOSPITALITY, INC. , filed by EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY COMMISSION.(tj, ) (Entered: 12/22/2005)

Dec. 22, 2005

DEMAND for Trial by Jury by EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY COMMISSION. (tj, ) (Entered: 12/22/2005)

Dec. 22, 2005
2

MOVANTS KIMBERLY E. HICKS, NAIMAH N. CARMICHAEL, JENNIFER HECKROTE'S MOTION TO INTERVENE AS PLAINTIFFS, CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE. (jpd) Additional attachment(s) added on 1/9/2006 (jpd, ). (Entered: 01/09/2006)

Jan. 9, 2006
3

NOTICE of Appearance by PATRICK M. MCHUGH on behalf of MAHARAJA HOSPITALITY, INC. with Certificate of Service (jpd, ) (Entered: 01/31/2006)

Jan. 31, 2006
4

ANSWER TO COMPLAINT BY DEFENDANT MAHARAJA HOSPITALITY, INC., CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE. (jpd) (Entered: 01/31/2006)

Jan. 31, 2006
5

DEFENDANT MAHARAJA HOSPITALITY, INC.'S ANSWER TO MOTION TO INTERVENE, CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE. (jpd) (Entered: 01/31/2006)

Jan. 31, 2006
6

ANSWER OF DEFENDANT MAHARAJA HOSPITALITY, INC. TO COMPLAINT OF INTERVENER KIMBERLY E. HICKS. (jpd) (Entered: 01/31/2006)

Jan. 31, 2006
7

ANSWER OF DEFENDANT MAHARAJA HOSPITALITY, INC. TO COMPLAINT OF INTERVENER NAIMAH N. CARMICHAEL. (jpd) (Entered: 01/31/2006)

Jan. 31, 2006
8

ANSWER OF DEFENDANT MAHARAJA HOSPITALITY, INC. TO COMPLAINT OF INTERVENER JENNIFER HECKROTE. (jpd) (Entered: 01/31/2006)

Jan. 31, 2006
9

ORDER THAT THE MOTION TO INTERVENE OF KIMBERLY E. HICKS, NAIMAH N. CARMICHAEL AND JENNIFER HECKROTE TO INTERVENE AS PLAINTIFFS IS GRANTED. INTERVENERS SHALL EACH HAVE FOURTEEN (14) DAYS FROM THE DATE OF THIS ORDER TO FILE AND SERVE A SEPARATE COMPLAINT CONSISTENT WITH THE ALLEGATIONS IN THE EEOC COMPLAINT. SIGNED BY JUDGE JAMES T. GILES ON 2/6/06. 2/7/06 ENTERED AND COPIES MAILED AND E- MAILED. (jpd) (Entered: 02/07/2006)

Feb. 6, 2006
10

Intervenor COMPLAINT, filed by KIMBERLY E. HICKS, Certificate fo Service.(jpd) (Entered: 02/13/2006)

Feb. 13, 2006
11

INTERVENER COMPLAINT, FILED BY JENNIFER HECKROTE, CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE. (jpd) (Entered: 02/13/2006)

Feb. 13, 2006
12

INTERVENER COMPLAINT, FILED BY NAIMAH N. CARMICHAEL, CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE. (jpd) (Entered: 02/13/2006)

Feb. 13, 2006
14

ANSWER to Intervenor Complaint of Kimberly E. Hicks by MAHARAJA HOSPITALITY, INC., Certificate of Service. (Attachments: # 1 Affirmative Defenses # 2 Certificate of Service)(MCHUGH, PATRICK) Modified on 3/14/2006 (cdd, ). (Entered: 03/10/2006)

March 10, 2006
15

ANSWER to Intervenor Complaint of Jennifer Neckrote by MAHARAJA HOSPITALITY, INC., Certificate of Service. (Attachments: # 1 Affirmative Defenses # 2 Certificate of Service)(MCHUGH, PATRICK) Modified on 3/14/2006 (cdd, ). (Entered: 03/10/2006)

March 10, 2006
16

ANSWER to Intervenor Complaint of Naimah N. Carmichael by MAHARAJA HOSPITALITY, INC., Certificat of Service. (Attachments: # 1 Affirmative Defenses # 2 Certificate of Service)(MCHUGH, PATRICK) Modified on 3/14/2006 (cdd, ). (Entered: 03/10/2006)

March 10, 2006
17

ORDER THAT A PRETRIAL CONFERENCE IS SET FOR 4/26/2006 AT 4:00 P.M. IN JUDGE'S CHAMBERS ROOM 17614 BEFORE HONORABLE JAMES T. GILES. SIGNED BY JUDGE JAMES T. GILES ON 3/13/06. 3/14/06 ENTERED AND COPIES MAILED AND E-MAILED. (jpd) (Entered: 03/14/2006)

March 13, 2006
18

Minute Entry for Pretrial Conference held before Judge JAMES T. GILES held on 4/26/06. (jpd) (Entered: 04/28/2006)

April 28, 2006
19

SCHEDULING ORDER THAT DISCOVERY ON JURISDICTIONAL ISSUES, WHETHER THE DEFENDANT IS AN EMPLOYER WITHIN THE LANGUAGE OF THE ACT, SHALL BE COMPLETED BY 6/27/06; DEFENDANT SHALL FILE ANY MOTION CONTESTING JURISDICTION UNDER EMPLOYEE DEFINITION NO LATER THAN 7/5/06; ORAL ARGUMENT ON SAID ISSUE SHALL COMMENCE ON 7/27/06 AT 4:30 P.M. IN COURTROOM 17A; ETC.. SIGNED BY JUDGE JAMES T. GILES ON 4/27/06. 5/1/06 ENTERED AND COPIES MAILED, E-MAILED.(jl, ) (Entered: 05/01/2006)

April 28, 2006

Set/Reset Hearings: ORAL ARGUMENT SET FOR 7/27/2006 04:30 PM BEFORE HONORABLE JAMES T. GILES. (jl, ) (Entered: 05/01/2006)

April 28, 2006
20

ORDER THAT ORAL ARGUMENT ON THE ISSUE OF JURISDICTION SCHEDULED FOR 7/27/06 (DOCKET NO. 19) IS RESCHEDULED FOR 7/25/2006 AT 5:00 P.M. IN COURTROOM 17-A BEFORE HONORABLE JAMES T. GILES. SIGNED BY JUDGE JAMES T. GILES ON 5/17/06. 5/17/06 ENTERED AND COPIES MAILED AND E-MAILED. (jpd) (Entered: 05/17/2006)

May 17, 2006
21

ORDER THAT A PRETRIAL CONFERENCE SHALL BE HELD ON 7/7/2006 AT 11:30 AM BEFORE HONORABLE JAMES T. GILES IN RM. 17614. SIGNED BY JUDGE JAMES T. GILES ON 6/16/06. 6/19/06 ENTERED AND COPIES MAILED AND E-MAILED.(jmp, ) (Entered: 06/19/2006)

June 16, 2006
22

Minute Entry for Pretrial Conference held before Judge JAMES T. GILES held on 7/7/06. (jpd) (Entered: 07/07/2006)

July 7, 2006
23

MOTION to Compel Answers to Interrogatories and Production of Documents filed by KIMBERLY E. HICKS, NAIMAH N. CARMICHAEL, JENNIFER HECKROTE.Certificate of Service.(HIRSCH, JOSEPH) (Entered: 08/15/2006)

Aug. 15, 2006
24

MOTION to Compel filed by EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY COMMISSION.memorandum. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit exhibits 1-7)(RAMOS, MARISOL) (Entered: 08/23/2006)

Aug. 23, 2006
25

ORDER THAT A CONFERENCE IS SET FOR 9/26/2006 AT 3:00 P.M. IN COURTROOM 17-A BEFORE HONORABLE JAMES T. GILES. SIGNED BY JUDGE JAMES T. GILES ON 9/22/06. 9/22/06 ENTERED AND COPIES MAILED. (jpd) (Entered: 09/22/2006)

Sept. 22, 2006
26

Minute Entry for Recorded Pretrial Conference held before Judge JAMES T. GILES on 9/26/06. ESR: CONNIE FLORES. Statements by Counsel. MOTION TO COMPEL-MOOT. (jpd,) (Entered: 09/28/2006)

Sept. 27, 2006
27

ORDER THAT PLAINTIFF KIMBERLY E. HICKS MOTION TO COMPEL (DOC. NO.23) AND THE PLAINTIFF EEOC MOTION TO COMPEL (DOC. 24) ARE DENIED AS MOOT. SIGNED BY JUDGE JAMES T. GILES ON 9/27/06. 9/28/06 ENTERED AND COPIES MAILED, E-MAILED AND FAXED. (jpd) Additional attachment(s) added on 11/2/2006 (jpd, ). (Entered: 09/28/2006)

Sept. 27, 2006
28

ORDER THAT DISCOVERY DUE BY 12/31/2006. MOTIONS DUE BY 6/1/2007. TRIAL DATE SET FOR 7/9/2007 09:30 AM IN COURTROOM BEFORE HONORABLE JAMES T. GILES. FINAL PRETRIAL CONFERENCE SET FOR 6/29/2007 02:00 PM IN JUDGE'S CHAMBERS BEFORE HONORABLE JAMES T. GILES. SIGNED BY JUDGE JAMES T. GILES ON 9/28/06. 9/28/06 ENTERED AND COPIES MAILED. (jpd) Additional attachment(s) added on 11/2/2006 (jpd, ). (Entered: 09/28/2006)

Sept. 28, 2006
29

ORDER DISMISSING ACTION WITH PREJUDICE PURSUANT TO LOCAL RULE 41.1(b). SIGNED BY JUDGE CAROL SANDRA MOORE WELLS ON 5/30/07. 5/31/07 ENTERED AND COPIES E-MAILED. (jpd) (Entered: 05/31/2007)

May 30, 2007
30

ORDER THAT COUNSEL FOR ALL PARTIES AND MR. KASURI SHALL BE PRESENT IN CHAMBERS, WITH ALL CLOSING DOCUMENTS AND CHECKS ON THURSDAY, JULY 26, 2007 AT 10:00AM.. SIGNED BY JUDGE CAROL SANDRA MOORE WELLS. 7/13/07 ENTERED AND COPIES MAILED AND, E-MAILED.(sc, ) (Entered: 07/13/2007)

July 13, 2007
31

ORDER THAT THE ORDER DATED 5/30/07 IS VACATED. SIGNED BY JUDGE CAROL SANDRA MOORE WELLS ON 7/27/07. 7/27/07 ENTERED AND COPIES MAILED AND E-MAILED. (jpd) (Entered: 07/27/2007)

July 27, 2007
32

CONSENT DECREE. SIGNED BY JUDGE JAMES T. GILES ON 8/1/07. 8/2/07 ENTERED AND COPIES MAILED AND E-MAILED.(jpd) (Entered: 08/02/2007)

Aug. 1, 2007

State / Territory: Pennsylvania

Case Type(s):

Equal Employment

Special Collection(s):

EEOC Study — in sample

Key Dates

Filing Date: Dec. 22, 2005

Closing Date: 2010

Case Ongoing: No

Plaintiffs

Plaintiff Description:

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

Plaintiff Type(s):

Private Plaintiff

EEOC Plaintiff

Attorney Organizations:

EEOC

Public Interest Lawyer: Yes

Filed Pro Se: No

Class Action Sought: No

Class Action Outcome: Not sought

Defendants

Maharaja Hospitality, Inc. (Pottstown, PA), 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: 35000

Order Duration: 2007 - 2010

Content of Injunction:

Neutral/Positive Reference

Discrimination Prohibition

Retaliation Prohibition

Develop anti-discrimination policy

Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law

Provide antidiscrimination training

Implement complaint/dispute resolution process

Issues

General:

Disparate Treatment

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