Case: EEOC v. AMERICAN RED CROSS & SPHERION CORPORATION, INC.

1:01-cv-00705 | U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland

Filed Date: March 8, 2001

Closed Date: Oct. 9, 2002

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Case Summary

In March 2001, the EEOC brought this action against the American Red Cross Blood Services, Greater Chesapeake and Potomac Region and Spherion Corporation, Inc. on behalf of women who alleged that the defendants had violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Equal Pay Act of 1963. Specifically, the EEOC alleged that the defendants had paid their female employees lower wages than their male counterparts for performing the same jobs. Filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland, Northern Division. In October 2001, a consent decree was signed by the judge which enjoined the defendants from discriminating on the basis of sex and required them to post equal employment opportunity information in a conspicuous place in their offices. The defendants also agreed to compensate the female complainants in amounts commensurate with regular and overtime hours worked under discriminatory salary conditions.

Summary Authors

Tony Friedman (6/30/2007)

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1:01-cv-00705

Docket

EEOC v. American Red Cross & Spherion Corporation, Inc.

Oct. 11, 2001

Oct. 11, 2001

Docket
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1:01-cv-00705

Consent Decree

EEOC v. American Red Cross & Spherion Corporation, Inc.

Oct. 9, 2001

Oct. 9, 2001

Settlement Agreement

Resources

Docket

Last updated Aug. 9, 2022, 3:04 a.m.

ECF Number Description Date Link Date / Link
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COMPLAINT filed; (msm, Deputy Clerk) (Entered: 03/08/2001)

March 8, 2001

March 8, 2001

1

DEMAND for jury trial by EEOC (msm, Deputy Clerk) (Entered: 03/08/2001)

March 8, 2001

March 8, 2001

2

SUMMONS(ES) (20 days) issued for American Red Cross, Spherion Corporation (msm, Deputy Clerk) (Entered: 03/08/2001)

March 8, 2001

March 8, 2001

4

ORDER granting [3-1] joint motion to Extend Time for American Red Cross to respond to the complaint set Answer deadline to 5/21/01 for American Red Cross ( signed by Chf Judge J. F. Motz 4/20/01) (c/i 4/20/01) (hml, Deputy Clerk) (Entered: 04/20/2001)

April 20, 2001

April 20, 2001

5

JOINT STIPULATION AND ORDER EXTENDING the time by which American Red Cross must answer or respond to the complaint until 6/23/01 ( signed by Chf Judge J. F. Motz 5/29/01) (c/i 5/29/01) (hml, Deputy Clerk) (Entered: 05/29/2001)

May 29, 2001

May 29, 2001

Deadline updated; reset Answer deadline to 6/25/01 for American Red Cross (hml, Deputy Clerk) (Entered: 05/29/2001)

May 29, 2001

May 29, 2001

6

NOTICE of attorney appearance for Spherion Corporation by Alan M. Schwartz (hml, Deputy Clerk) (Entered: 10/03/2001)

Oct. 3, 2001

Oct. 3, 2001

7

CONSENT DECREE ENJOINING and RESTRAINING defendants the Region and Spherion's Timonium branch office from engaging in any employment practice that discriminates against its female employees in the form of compensation discrimination; Within ten days of the entry of this Order, Defendants agree to pay a sum of 12,762.74 to the women on whose behalf the EEOC sought individual relief in this action as therein set forth and "APPROVAL" ( signed by Chf Judge J. F. Motz 10/9/01) (c/i 10/9/01 & microfilmed) (hml, Deputy Clerk) (Entered: 10/09/2001)

Oct. 9, 2001

Oct. 9, 2001

Case closed (hml, Deputy Clerk) (Entered: 10/11/2001)

Oct. 9, 2001

Oct. 9, 2001

8

MOTION by Spherion Corporation for William J Dorsey to Appear Pro Hac Vice (hml, Deputy Clerk) (Entered: 10/11/2001)

Oct. 11, 2001

Oct. 11, 2001

8

ORDER granting [8-1] motion of Spherion for William J Dorsey to Appear Pro Hac Vice ( signed by Chf Judge J. F. Motz 10/11/01) (c/m 10/11/01 hl) (Filing Fee Paid) (Receipt # 1179412) (hml, Deputy Clerk) (Entered: 10/11/2001)

Oct. 11, 2001

Oct. 11, 2001

Case Details

State / Territory: Maryland

Case Type(s):

Equal Employment

Special Collection(s):

EEOC Study — in sample

IWPR/Wage Project Consent Decree Study

Key Dates

Filing Date: March 8, 2001

Closing Date: Oct. 9, 2002

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

Spherion Corporation, Inc. (Timonium), Private Entity/Person

American Red Cross Blood Bank, Chesapeake and Potomac Region (Baltimore), Private Entity/Person

Spherion Corporation, Inc., Private Entity/Person

American Red Cross Blood Services, Greater Chesapeake an Potomac Region, Private Entity/Person

Case Details

Causes of Action:

Equal Pay Act, 29 U.S.C. § 206(d)

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: 12762.74

Order Duration: 2001 - 2002

Content of Injunction:

Expungement of Employment Record

Neutral/Positive Reference

Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law

Discrimination Prohibition

Provide antidiscrimination training

Issues

General:

Disparate Treatment

Discrimination-area:

Pay / Benefits

Discrimination-basis:

Sex discrimination

Affected Gender:

Female

EEOC-centric:

Direct Suit on Merits