Case: EEOC v. G & N ENTERPRISES, INC.

4:98-cv-04195 | U.S. District Court for the District of South Dakota

Filed Date: Oct. 30, 1998

Closed Date: Nov. 9, 2000

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Case Summary

The EEOC's Denver district office sued G&N Enterprises, Inc., the parent company of the clothing and supply store Western Way Work Warehouse, on October 30, 1998 in the U.S. District Court for the District of South Dakota. The EEOC's complaint alleged that G&N violated Title VII by discriminating against the intervenor employee based on sex (female) when it created a hostile work environment through sexual harassment and retaliated against her by terminating her employment when she complained …

The EEOC's Denver district office sued G&N Enterprises, Inc., the parent company of the clothing and supply store Western Way Work Warehouse, on October 30, 1998 in the U.S. District Court for the District of South Dakota. The EEOC's complaint alleged that G&N violated Title VII by discriminating against the intervenor employee based on sex (female) when it created a hostile work environment through sexual harassment and retaliated against her by terminating her employment when she complained about her treatment. The EEOC and intervenor jointly filed for summary judgment in January 2000, which was denied a month later. The case went to trial in May 2000 and the jury returned a verdict of $205,202 in punitive and compensatory damages. The court reduced the punitive damages for the intervenor's sexual harassment claim by $50,000, resulting in monetary damages of $155,202. G&N appealed the judgment in the case in June 2000, which was dismissed by stipulation of the parties in October 2000.

The EEOC sought equitable damages after the resolution of the suit in May 2000, and following the stipulated dismissal of the appeal, the EEOC and G&N entered into a consent decree in November 2000. The consent decree stipulated that G&N would not participate in future harassment, would implement a sexual harassment policy, would post a notice of compliance with Title VII, and report sexual harassment claims to the EEOC every six months for the duration of the consent decree.

Summary Authors

Aaron Weismann (6/1/2007)

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Docket [PACER]

EEOC v. G & N Enterprises, Inc.

Nov. 9, 2000 Docket
1

Complaint and Jury Trial Demand

EEOC v. G & N Enterprises, Inc.

Oct. 30, 1998 Complaint
10

Complaint in Intervention

EEOC v. G & N Enterprises, Inc.

Feb. 17, 1999 Complaint
17

Offer of Judgment

EEOC v. G & N Ent.

July 2, 1999 Pleading / Motion / Brief
26

Order Denying Plaintiffs' Motion to Partial Summary Judgment

EEOC v. G & N Enterprises, Inc.

Feb. 17, 2000 Order/Opinion
62

Stipulation for Dismissal [of Several Parts of P-I's Complaint]

EEOC v. G & N Enterprises, Inc.

May 4, 2000 Pleading / Motion / Brief
63

Order Dismissing Counts IV, V, VIII and IX of Complaint in Intervention

EEOC v. G & N Enterprises, Inc.

May 4, 2000 Order/Opinion
71

Verdict Form

EEOC v. G & N Enterprises, Inc.

May 5, 2000 Other
75

Judgment

EEOC v. G & N Enterprises, Inc.

May 10, 2000 Order/Opinion
102

Consent Decree

EEOC v. G & N Enterprises, Inc.

Oct. 9, 2000 Settlement Agreement

Docket

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

ECF Number Description Date Link
1

COMPLAINT: no summons issued to plaintiff's counsel; jury demand (FE) (Entered: 10/30/1998)

Oct. 30, 1998
2

CIVIL COVER SHEET (FE) (Entered: 10/30/1998)

Oct. 30, 1998
3

WAIVER Of Service by defendant G&N Enterprises, Inc on 11/16/98 (SKM) (Entered: 11/18/1998)

Nov. 16, 1998
4

ANSWER by defendant G&N Enterprises, Inc to Complaint [1-1] (FE) (Entered: 12/31/1998)

Dec. 31, 1998
5

ATTORNEY APPEARANCE of Richard Casey for intervenor plaintiff Elizabeth Fawkes; attorney added (SKM) (Entered: 01/06/1999)

Jan. 4, 1999
6

MOTION for leave to intervene by intervenor plaintiff Elizabeth Fawkes (SKM) (Entered: 01/06/1999)

Jan. 4, 1999
7

CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE by intervenor plaintiff Elizabeth Fawkes (SKM) (Entered: 01/06/1999)

Jan. 4, 1999
8

LETTER from defendant G&N Enterprises, Inc advising Court that there is no objection to Motion for leave to intervene (Doc 6) (FE) (Entered: 02/18/1999)

Feb. 17, 1999
9

ORDER by Lawrence L. Piersol granting motion for leave to intervene [6-1]; Clerk of Court shall file Complaint in Intervention; heading for this case shall be amended to include Elizabeth Fawkes as Intervening Plaintiff (cc:all counsel) (FE) (Entered: 02/18/1999)

Feb. 17, 1999
10

INTERVENOR'S COMPLAINT by intervenor plaintiff Elizabeth Fawkes (FE) (Entered: 02/18/1999)

Feb. 17, 1999
11

ANSWER by defendant G&N Enterprises, Inc to Intervenor's Complaint [10-1] (FE) (Entered: 02/18/1999)

Feb. 18, 1999
12

ORDER For Form 35 Report and Scheduling Information by Lawrence L. Piersol (cc: all counsel) (SLL) (Entered: 03/09/1999)

March 9, 1999
13

Form 35 Report Of Parties Planning Meeting re [12-1] (SLL) (Entered: 03/16/1999)

March 16, 1999
14

CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE by defendant G&N Enterprises, Inc (SLL) (Entered: 04/12/1999)

April 12, 1999
15

RULE 16 SCHEDULING ORDER Lawrence L. Piersol ; pretrial conference set for 9:00 4/3/00 ; jury trial set for 9:30 5/2/00 ;mtn filing ddl set for 1/7/00 ; Discovery ddl set for 12/17/99 (cc: all counsel) (FE) (Entered: 05/05/1999)

May 5, 1999
16

Supplemental Initial RULE 26 Disclosures by defendant G&N Enterprises, Inc (SLL) (Entered: 07/02/1999)

July 2, 1999
17

OFFER OF JUDGMENT by defendant G&N Enterprises, Inc (SLL) (Entered: 07/02/1999)

July 2, 1999
18

ATTORNEY APPEARANCE of Vincent R. White for plaintiff EEOC ; attorney Vincent R. White added (FE) (Entered: 10/01/1999)

Sept. 30, 1999
19

MOTION for partial summary judgment by plaintiff EEOC, intervenor plaintiff Elizabeth Fawkes (FE) (Entered: 01/07/2000)

Jan. 7, 2000
20

STATEMENT OF MATERIAL FACTS by plaintiff EEOC, intervenor plaintiff Elizabeth Fawkes in support of [19-1] (FE) (Entered: 01/07/2000)

Jan. 7, 2000
21

MEMORANDUM OF LAW by plaintiff EEOC, intervenor plaintiff Elizabeth Fawkes in support of motion for partial summary judgment [19-1] (FE) (Entered: 01/07/2000)

Jan. 7, 2000
22

MEMORANDUM/Brief by defendant G&N Enterprises, Inc in opposition to motion for partial summary judgment [19-1] (SKM) (Entered: 01/31/2000)

Jan. 31, 2000
23

STATEMENT of Disputed Facts by defendant G&N Enterprises, Inc in opposition to plaintiff's motion for partial summay judgment (SKM) (Entered: 01/31/2000)

Jan. 31, 2000
24

AFFIDAVIT of Matthew T. Tobin in opposition to plaintiffs' motion for partial summary judgment (SKM) (Entered: 01/31/2000)

Jan. 31, 2000
25

REPLY Brief by plaintiff EEOC, intervenor plaintiff Elizabeth Fawkes to brief in opposition to motion for partial summary judgment [22-1] (SKM) (Entered: 02/10/2000)

Feb. 10, 2000
26

ORDER by Lawrence L. Piersol denying motion for partial summary judgment [19-1] (cc:all counsel) (FE) (Entered: 02/18/2000)

Feb. 17, 2000
28

MINUTES RE: pretrial conference before the Hon. Lawrence L. Piersol, Senior Judge, Sioux Falls, SD (DLS) (Entered: 04/04/2000)

April 3, 2000
29

NOTICE OF SETTLEMENT CONFERENCE and Settlement Conference Order by Mag Judge Marshall P. Young ; settlement conference set for 9:30 a.m. on 4/19/00 in Sioux Falls (cc:all counsel) (JLH) (Entered: 04/07/2000)

April 6, 2000
30

MOTION/STIPULATION to amend scheduling order by plaintiff EEOC, defendant G&N Enterprises, Inc (SLL) (Entered: 04/14/2000)

April 14, 2000
31

ORDER by Lawrence L. Piersol granting in part and denying in part the motion to amend scheduling order [30-1] ; jury trial set for 9:30 5/2/00 (cc:all counsel) (DLS) (Entered: 04/19/2000)

April 18, 2000
32

PROPOSED JURY INSTRUCTIONS submitted by intervenor plaintiff Elizabeth Fawkes (SLL) (Entered: 04/24/2000)

April 21, 2000
33

MOTION in limine in re. termination of prior employment at Midland National Life Insurance Company by intervenor plaintiff Elizabeth Fawkes (SLL) (Entered: 04/24/2000)

April 21, 2000
34

MEMORANDUM/BRIEF by intervenor plaintiff Elizabeth Fawkes in support of motion in limine in re. termination of prior employment at Midland National Life Insurance Company [33-1] (SLL) (Entered: 04/24/2000)

April 21, 2000
35

WITNESS LIST submitted by intervenor plaintiff Elizabeth Fawkes (SLL) (Entered: 04/24/2000)

April 21, 2000
36

TRIAL EXHIBIT LIST by intervenor plaintiff Elizabeth Fawkes (SLL) (Entered: 04/24/2000)

April 21, 2000
37

TRIAL WITNESS LIST submitted by plaintiff EEOC (SLL) (Entered: 04/24/2000)

April 21, 2000
37

EXHIBIT LIST by plaintiff EEOC (SLL) (Entered: 04/24/2000)

April 21, 2000
38

PROPOSED JURY INSTRUCTIONS submitted by plaintiff EEOC (SLL) (Entered: 04/24/2000)

April 21, 2000

See VOLUME 2 (SLL) (Entered: 04/24/2000)

April 21, 2000

VOLUME 2 (SLL) (Entered: 04/24/2000)

April 24, 2000
39

PROPOSED PRELIMINARY JURY INSTRUCTIONS submitted by defendant G&N Enterprises, Inc (FE) (Entered: 04/24/2000)

April 24, 2000
40

PROPOSED PRELIMINARY JURY INSTRUCTIONS (with annotations) submitted by defendant G&N Enterprises, Inc (FE) (Entered: 04/24/2000)

April 24, 2000
41

Proposed EXHIBIT LIST by defendant G&N Enterprises, Inc (FE) (Entered: 04/24/2000)

April 24, 2000
42

MOTION in limine re: prior felony conviction , in limine re: Mr. Heidepriem's prior representation of Vicki Hanish unrelated to lawsuit , in limine re: Mr. Greenfield patronizing bar offering female exotic dancing , in limine re: health of Ms. Fawke's mother , in limine re: decision of SD Dept of Labor, Unemployment Insurance Appeals re: Ms. Fawke's application for unemployment benefits by defendant G&N Enterprises, Inc (FE) (Entered: 04/24/2000)

April 24, 2000
43

MEMORANDUM/BRIEF by defendant G&N Enterprises, Inc in support of motion in limine re: prior felony conviction [42-1], of motion in limine re: Mr. Heidepriem's prior representation of Vicki Hanish unrelated to lawsuit [42-2], of motion in limine re: Mr. Greenfield patronizing bar offering female exotic dancing [42-3], of motion in limine re: health of Fawke's mother [42-4], of motion in limine re: decision of SD Dept of Labor, Unemployment Insurance Appeals re: Ms. Fawke's application for unemployment benefits [42-5] (FE) (Entered: 04/24/2000)

April 24, 2000
44

PROPOSED JURY INSTRUCTIONS submitted by defendant G&N Enterprises, Inc (FE) (Entered: 04/24/2000)

April 24, 2000
45

Proposed JURY INSTRUCTIONS with annotations submitted by defendant G&N Enterprises, Inc (FE) (Entered: 04/24/2000)

April 24, 2000
46

SUBPOENA for Victoria Hanisch returned (SLL) (Entered: 04/25/2000)

April 25, 2000
48

SUBPOENA for Joann Gieseke returned (SKM) (Entered: 04/26/2000)

April 26, 2000
49

MEMORANDUM by plaintiff EEOC in opposition to motion in limine re: prior felony conviction [42-1], motion in limine re: Mr. Heidepriem's prior representation of Vicki Hanish unrelated to lawsuit [42-2], motion in limine re: Mr. Greenfield patronizing bar offering female exotic dancing [42-3], motion in limine re: health of Ms. Fawke's mother [42-4], motion in limine re: decision of SD Dept of Labor, Unemployment Insurance Appeals re: Ms. Fawke's application for unemployment benefits [42-5], motion in limine in re. termination of prior employment at Midland National Life Insurance Company [33-1] (SKM) (Entered: 04/26/2000)

April 26, 2000
50

OBJECTIONS by plaintiff EEOC to defendant's exhibits [41-1] (SKM) (Entered: 04/26/2000)

April 26, 2000
51

OBJECTIONS by intervenor plaintiff Elizabeth Fawkes to proposed jury instructions [44-1] (SLL) (Entered: 04/27/2000)

April 26, 2000
52

MEMORANDUM by intervenor plaintiff Elizabeth Fawkes in support of objection to proposed instructions [51-1] (SLL) (Entered: 04/27/2000)

April 26, 2000
53

OBJECTIONS by intervenor plaintiff Elizabeth Fawkes to motion in limine re. Mr. Greenfield patronizing bar offering female exotic dancing [42-3], motion in limine re. health of Ms. Fawke's mother [42-4] (SLL) (Entered: 04/27/2000)

April 26, 2000
54

MEMORANDUM by intervenor plaintiff Elizabeth Fawkes in support of objections to motions in limine [53-1] (SLL) (Entered: 04/27/2000)

April 26, 2000
56

OBJECTIONS by defendant G&N Enterprises, Inc to plaintiff EEOC's Proposed Exhibits [37-1] (SLL) (Entered: 04/27/2000)

April 27, 2000
57

OBJECTIONS by defendant G&N Enterprises, Inc to plaintiff EEOC's proposed jury instructions [38-1] (SLL) (Entered: 04/27/2000)

April 27, 2000
58

SECOND MOTION in limine in re. introducing deposition of Jessica Peters based on hearsay by defendant G&N Enterprises, Inc (SLL) Modified on 05/01/2000 (Entered: 05/01/2000)

May 1, 2000
59

AFFIDAVIT of Matthew T. Tobin re defendant's second motion in limine in re. deposition of Jessica Peters [58-1] (SLL) (Entered: 05/01/2000)

May 1, 2000
60

JURY LIST (JMM) (Entered: 05/04/2000)

May 2, 2000
61

MEMORANDUM by defendant G&N Enterprises, Inc in support of motion in limine in re. introducing deposition of Jessica Peters based on hearsay [58-1] (JMM) (Entered: 05/04/2000)

May 3, 2000
62

STIPULATION for Dismissal of Counts IV, V, VIII and IX of intervenor's complaint (JMM) (Entered: 05/04/2000)

May 4, 2000
63

ORDER by Lawrence L. Piersol granting stipulation [62-1] (cc:all counsel) (JMM) (Entered: 05/04/2000)

May 4, 2000
64

EXHIBIT LIST by plaintiff EEOC (JMM) (Entered: 05/09/2000)

May 5, 2000
65

EXHIBIT LIST by intervenor plaintiff Elizabeth Fawkes (JMM) (Entered: 05/09/2000)

May 5, 2000
66

EXHIBIT LIST by defendant G&N Enterprises, Inc (JMM) (Entered: 05/09/2000)

May 5, 2000
67

Partial TRANSCRIPT of jury trial held on 5/3/00 - testimony of Carol Sparks (in expando) (JMM) (Entered: 05/09/2000)

May 5, 2000
68

SUBPOENA for Judy Watkins returned (JMM) (Entered: 05/09/2000)

May 5, 2000
69

SUBPOENA for Lowell Groeneweg returned (JMM) (Entered: 05/09/2000)

May 5, 2000
70

JURY QUESTION (Verdict note) (JMM) (Entered: 05/09/2000)

May 5, 2000
71

VERDICT for plaintiff EEOC, defendant G&N Enterprises, Inc against defendant G&N Enterprises, Inc in the amount of $ 5,202 for loss of wages and benefits, $50,000 for general damages, and $150,000 punitive damages (JMM) (Entered: 05/09/2000)

May 5, 2000
72

JURY INSTRUCTIONS with authorities (JMM) (Entered: 05/09/2000)

May 5, 2000
73

JURY INSTRUCTIONS submitted to the jury by the Court (JMM) (Entered: 05/09/2000)

May 5, 2000
74

MINUTES RE: jury trial (JMM) (Entered: 05/09/2000)

May 5, 2000
75

JUDGMENT in favor of EEOC, Elizabeth Fawkes and against G&N Enterprises, Inc; Elizabeth Fawkes is awared $5,202 in lost wages, $50,000 in actual and punitive damages on the sexual harassment and retaliation claims, $25,000 actual damages and $75,000 punitive damages on the intentional inliction of emotional distress and battery claims, $1,309 in prejudgment interest on the lost wages by Lawrence L. Piersol ; terminating case (cc: all counsel) (DLS) (Entered: 05/11/2000)

May 10, 2000
76

MOTION for front pay by intervenor plaintiff Elizabeth Fawkes (JMM) (Entered: 05/24/2000)

May 23, 2000
77

Copy of AFFIDAVIT of Elizabeth Fawkes re motion for front pay [76-1] (JMM) (Entered: 05/24/2000)

May 23, 2000
78

MEMORANDUM by intervenor plaintiff Elizabeth Fawkes in support of motion for front pay [76-1] (JMM) (Entered: 05/24/2000)

May 23, 2000
79

MOTION for attorney fees by intervenor plaintiff Elizabeth Fawkes (JMM) (Entered: 05/24/2000)

May 23, 2000
80

MEMORANDUM by intervenor plaintiff Elizabeth Fawkes in support of motion for attorney fees [79-1] (JMM) (Entered: 05/24/2000)

May 23, 2000
81

CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE by intervenor plaintiff Elizabeth Fawkes (JMM) (Entered: 05/24/2000)

May 23, 2000

SEE VOLUME 3 (JMM) (Entered: 05/25/2000)

May 23, 2000

VOLUME 3 (JMM) (Entered: 05/25/2000)

May 25, 2000
82

MOTION for equitable relief by plaintiff EEOC (JMM) (Entered: 05/25/2000)

May 25, 2000
83

MEMORANDUM by plaintiff EEOC in support of motion for equitable relief [82-1] (JMM) (Entered: 05/25/2000)

May 25, 2000
84

AMENDED MOTION for attorney fees , for sales tax , for costs by intervenor plaintiff Elizabeth Fawkes (DLS) (Entered: 05/26/2000)

May 25, 2000
85

CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE by intervenor plaintiff Elizabeth Fawkes (DLS) (Entered: 05/26/2000)

May 25, 2000
86

BILL OF COSTS submitted by plaintiff EEOC re judgment [75-2] (SKM) (Entered: 06/05/2000)

June 5, 2000
87

AFFIDAVIT of Nelson Alston in support of bill of costs [86-1] (SKM) (Entered: 06/05/2000)

June 5, 2000
88

AFFIDAVIT of Elizabeth Fawkes in support of front pay award (SKM) (Entered: 06/05/2000)

June 5, 2000
89

MEMORANDUM by defendant G&N Enterprises, Inc in opposition to motion for attorney fees [79-1], motion for front pay [76-1] (DLS) (Entered: 06/06/2000)

June 6, 2000
90

AFFIDAVIT of Richard O. Gregerson (DLS) (Entered: 06/06/2000)

June 6, 2000
91

NOTICE OF APPEAL by defendant G&N Enterprises, Inc from judgment [75-2] , Appeal fee paid (cc: all counsel, Court Reporter) (SLL) (Entered: 06/07/2000)

June 7, 2000

FILING FEE PAID: on 6/7/00 in the amount of $ 105.00, receipt # 0025080. (SLL) (Entered: 06/07/2000)

June 7, 2000

TRANSMITTING Notice of Appeal to 8th Circuit COA (SLL) Modified on 06/08/2000 (Entered: 06/07/2000)

June 8, 2000
92

REQUEST by defendant G&N Enterprises, Inc for transcript (JMM) (Entered: 06/08/2000)

June 8, 2000
93

Amended REQUEST by defendant G&N Enterprises, Inc for transcript (JMM) (Entered: 06/09/2000)

June 9, 2000
94

DEPOSITION of Jessica Peters taken on the following date(s): 4/26/00 on behalf of intervenor plaintiff - Read into the record at trial (in expando) (DLS) (Entered: 06/12/2000)

June 9, 2000
95

AFFIDAVIT of Richard D. Casey (SKM) (Entered: 06/20/2000)

June 20, 2000

NOTIFICATION by Circuit Court of Appellate Docket Number 00-2530 (DLS) (Entered: 06/22/2000)

June 22, 2000

State / Territory: South Dakota

Case Type(s):

Equal Employment

Special Collection(s):

EEOC Study — in sample

Key Dates

Filing Date: Oct. 30, 1998

Closing Date: Nov. 9, 2000

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: No

Class Action Outcome: Not sought

Defendants

G&N Enterprises, Inc. (Sioux Falls, South Dakota), Private Entity/Person

Case Details

Causes of Action:

State law

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

Damages

Source of Relief:

Settlement

Litigation

Amount Defendant Pays: 156511

Order Duration: 2000 - 2003

Content of Injunction:

Develop anti-discrimination policy

Discrimination Prohibition

Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law

Provide antidiscrimination training

Reporting

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