Case: EEOC v. Link-Paras ("Comfort Suites" and "Microtel Inn & Suites")

2:03-cv-02641 | U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee

Filed Date: Aug. 29, 2003

Closed Date: Aug. 5, 2007

Clearinghouse coding complete

Case Summary

In August 2003, the Memphis Office of the EEOC brought this lawsuit against Link-Paras, LLC, doing business as Comfort Suites and Microtel Inn & Suites in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee alleging discrimination on the basis of sex in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. We do not have a copy of the complaint; therefore, the exact allegations involved are unknown. However, it appears from the consent decree that the complaint alleged that the def…

In August 2003, the Memphis Office of the EEOC brought this lawsuit against Link-Paras, LLC, doing business as Comfort Suites and Microtel Inn & Suites in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee alleging discrimination on the basis of sex in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. We do not have a copy of the complaint; therefore, the exact allegations involved are unknown. However, it appears from the consent decree that the complaint alleged that the defendant discriminated against the three charging parties, female employees, on the basis of sex, female, by subjecting them to sexual harassment and by terminating two of the employees in retaliation for their complaints about sexual harassment. Following some scheduling orders, the parties settled the lawsuit through a consent decree at the end of August 2004.

The three-year decree, containing an anti-discrimination and anti-retaliation clause, required the defendant to: develop an anti-discrimination policy which all employees must read and sign, post and distribute notice of employee rights, provide EEO training, report any complaint regarding sexual harassment and its resolution to the EEOC for three years, make certain compliance reports to the EEOC, and pay $35,000 to be distributed among three individuals.

The decree was entered in 2004 and scheduled to last 2007. No further docket entries exist, so the case is closed.

Summary Authors

Daisy Manning (10/22/2007)

Documents in the Clearinghouse

Document

2:03-cv-02641

Docket [PACER]

EEOC v. Link-Paras, LLC

Aug. 31, 2004

Aug. 31, 2004

Docket
14

2:03-cv-02641

Consent Decree

EEOC v. Link-Paras, LLC

Aug. 5, 2004

Aug. 5, 2004

Settlement Agreement
15

2:03-cv-02641

Judgment in a Civil Case [Order of Dismissal]

EEOC v. Link-Paras, LLC

Aug. 31, 2004

Aug. 31, 2004

Order/Opinion

Resources

Docket

Last updated Aug. 10, 2022, 3:10 a.m.

ECF Number Description Date Link Date / Link
1

COMPLAINT (Summonses NOT issued) ; Filing fee $ waived (AGJ) (Entered: 08/29/2003)

Aug. 29, 2003

Aug. 29, 2003

2

ATTORNEY APPEARANCE for defendant Link-Paras, LLC by W. Kerby Bowling II, Michael V. Tichenor (CCP) (Entered: 10/03/2003)

Oct. 1, 2003

Oct. 1, 2003

3

ANSWER TO COMPLAINT of the Plaintiff by defendant Link-Paras, LLC to [1-1]; jury demand (CCP) (Entered: 10/27/2003)

Oct. 24, 2003

Oct. 24, 2003

4

SETTING LETTER ; scheduling conference set for 2:00 12/15/03 before Allen (CCP) Modified on 11/19/2003 (Entered: 11/18/2003)

Nov. 18, 2003

Nov. 18, 2003

5

REPORT OF RULE 26(f) PLANNING MEETING by EEOC, Link-Paras, LLC (CCP) (Entered: 12/08/2003)

Dec. 5, 2003

Dec. 5, 2003

6

MINUTES: ; scheduling conference satisfied 2:00 12/15/03 joining parties ddl 1/16/04 for pltf and 2/16/04 for dft ; motion to dismiss 3/15/04; status of settlement efforts 1/31/04; response due in 15 days; mediation anticipated? Yes; pltf experts 4/17/04 and dft experts 5/17/04; summary judgment motions 7/19/04; estimated trial length 4-5; supplemental experts due early June; expert depositions due in late June; settlement conference after 8/31/04; Presiding Judge: Allen PLA Atty: Carson Owen DFT Atty: Michael Tichenor C/R: FTR (CCP) (Entered: 12/16/2003)

Dec. 15, 2003

Dec. 15, 2003

7

SCHEDULING ORDER 16(b) Mag Judge James H. Allen ; deadline for joining parties set for 1/16/04 for pltf and 2/16/03 for dft ; deadline for amending pleadings set for 1/16/04 for pltf and 2/16/04 for dft; motions to dismiss 3/15/04; discovery ddl 6/18/04; pltf rule 26 expert 4/16/04 and dft 5/17/04; supplemental expert disclosures 6/3/04; expert witness depositions; 6/22/04; filing dispositive motions 7/19/04 (cc: all counsel) (CCP) (Entered: 12/17/2003)

Dec. 16, 2003

Dec. 16, 2003

8

SETTING LETTER : pretrial order deadline set for 11/8/04 pretrial conference set for 11/15/04 at 8:45 : jury trial set for 11/29/04 at 9:00 (CCP) (Entered: 02/17/2004)

Feb. 17, 2004

Feb. 17, 2004

9

ORDER TRANSFERRING CASE by Mag Judge James H. Allen; Judge Anderson has been reassign to this case for all pending and future reference (cc: all counsel) (CCP) (Entered: 03/05/2004)

March 4, 2004

March 4, 2004

10

JOINT MOTION by plaintiff, defendant to amend scheduling order (CCP) (Entered: 05/28/2004)

May 27, 2004

May 27, 2004

11

ORDER granting Joint [10] Motion to Amend Scheduling Order. Signed by Judge S. Thomas Anderson. (ccp, ) (Entered: 06/04/2004)

June 3, 2004

June 3, 2004

12

JOINT MOTION for Protective Order by Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Link-Paras, LLC. (ccp, ) (Entered: 06/17/2004)

June 16, 2004

June 16, 2004

13

ORDER granting [12] Joint Motion for Protective Order . Signed by Judge S. Thomas Anderson. (ccp, ) (Entered: 06/18/2004)

June 18, 2004

June 18, 2004

14

CONSENT DECREE / ORDER: Court reviewed terms of decree and ORDERED: Jurisdiction, Disclaimer, Duration of Decree, Injunctive Relief, Individual Remedies, Traning, Policy Prohibiting Harassment, Reporting, Posting of Notice, and Attorney's Fees and Costs. Signed by Judge Bernice B. Donald. (jae, ) (Entered: 08/05/2004)

Aug. 5, 2004

Aug. 5, 2004

15

JUDGMENT IN CIVIL CASE. In accordance with Consent Decree, case is dismissed . Signed by Judge Bernice B. Donald. (jae, ) (Entered: 09/01/2004)

Aug. 31, 2004

Aug. 31, 2004

Case Details

State / Territory: Tennessee

Case Type(s):

Equal Employment

Special Collection(s):

EEOC Study — in sample

Key Dates

Filing Date: Aug. 29, 2003

Closing Date: Aug. 5, 2007

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

Link-Paras, LLC, Private Entity/Person

Link-Parras, LLC, 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: 35000

Order Duration: 2004 - 2007

Content of Injunction:

Retaliation Prohibition

Reporting

Discrimination Prohibition

Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law

Provide antidiscrimination training

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