Case: EEOC v. EASTMAN KODAK

6:06-cv-06489 | U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York

Filed Date: Sept. 29, 2006

Closed Date: 2008

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Case Summary

In late September 2006, the New York District Office of the EEOC brought this suit against Eastman Kodak Company in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York alleging violations of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 ("ADEA"). Specifically, the complaint alleged that specific provisions of the defendant's releases and waivers prohibited employees who signed them from assisting any person or entity in bringing a Title…

In late September 2006, the New York District Office of the EEOC brought this suit against Eastman Kodak Company in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York alleging violations of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 ("ADEA"). Specifically, the complaint alleged that specific provisions of the defendant's releases and waivers prohibited employees who signed them from assisting any person or entity in bringing a Title VII or ADEA lawsuit. In addition, the releases and waivers required any employees who violated these provisions to return all severance payments back to the defendant and to pay the defendant's legal fees and costs associated with any resulting charges of discrimination. The parties settled almost immediately through a consent decree in early October 2006.

The two-year decree contained a non-retaliation clause and prohibited the defendant from using any release or waiver which includes a provision restricting its former employees from assisting others with their claims of discrimination and from enforcing the prior releases and waivers. The defendant also agreed to: modify its current releases and waivers, provide EEO training, and inform current and former employees that the former releases and severance agreements would not be used to prevent them from assisting with claims of discrimination. The docket sheet doesn't show any further enforcement took place; the case was presumably closed in 2008.

Summary Authors

Michele Marxkors (7/6/2007)

Documents in the Clearinghouse

Document

6:06-cv-06489

Docket (PACER)

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. Eastman Kodak

Oct. 11, 2006

Oct. 11, 2006

Docket
1

6:06-cv-06489

Complaint

EEOC v. Eastman Kodak

Sept. 29, 2006

Sept. 29, 2006

Complaint
2

6:06-cv-06489

Consent Decree

EEOC v. Eastman Kodak

Oct. 11, 2006

Oct. 11, 2006

Settlement Agreement

Resources

Docket

See docket on RECAP: https://www.courtlistener.com/docket/4357997/equal-employment-opportunity-commission-v-eastman-kodak/

Last updated July 20, 2022, 3:07 a.m.

ECF Number Description Date Link Date / Link
1

COMPLAINT against Eastman Kodak, filed by Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.(BJB, ) (Entered: 09/29/2006)

Sept. 29, 2006

Sept. 29, 2006

PACER
3

CONSENT DECREE (BJB, ) (Entered: 10/12/2006)

Oct. 6, 2006

Oct. 6, 2006

RECAP
2

CONSENT DECREE. Signed by Hon. Charles J. Siragusa on 10/6/06. (JHF) (Entered: 10/11/2006)

Oct. 11, 2006

Oct. 11, 2006

PACER

Case Details

State / Territory: New York

Case Type(s):

Equal Employment

Special Collection(s):

EEOC Study — in sample

Multi-LexSum (in sample)

Key Dates

Filing Date: Sept. 29, 2006

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

Attorney Organizations:

EEOC

Public Interest Lawyer: Yes

Filed Pro Se: No

Class Action Sought: No

Class Action Outcome: Not sought

Defendants

Eastman Kodak Company, Private Entity/Person

Case Details

Causes of Action:

Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), 29 U.S.C. §§ 621 et seq.

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

Source of Relief:

Settlement

Form of Settlement:

Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree

Order Duration: 2006 - 2008

Content of Injunction:

Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law

Retaliation Prohibition

Provide antidiscrimination training

Reporting

Issues

General:

Disparate Treatment

EEOC-centric:

Direct Suit on Merits