Case: EEOC v. WAL-MART STORES, INC.

4:96-cv-00741 | U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona

Filed Date: Dec. 23, 1996

Closed Date: May 11, 2000

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Case Summary

The EEOC's Phoenix district office sued Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., on December 23, 1996 in the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona; the case was apparently a sex discrimination case brought under Title VII. The defendant filed two motions for summary judgment on the issue of punitive damages, one in September 1998 and the other in March, 2000. The court denied the first and failed to rule on the second. The parties went to trial on May 8, 2000 and the jury ultimately ruled for the defendant on May 11, 2000.

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Kevin Wilemon (7/18/2007)

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Docket [PACER]

EEOC v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.

Jan. 29, 2001 Docket

Docket

Last updated May 13, 2022

ECF Number Description Date Link
1

COMPLAINT FILED (former emp) (Entered: 12/26/1996)

Dec. 23, 1996
2

RETURN OF SERVICE EXECUTED personal upon dft Wal-Mart Stores Inc on 1/13/97 (MRP) (Entered: 01/22/1997)

Jan. 17, 1997
3

ANSWER by dft Wal-Mart Stores Inc; jury demand (MRP) (Entered: 02/03/1997)

Jan. 31, 1997
4

ORDER by Judge Alfredo C. Marquez ; prel scheduling conf set for 11:00 4/15/97 before law clerk (cc: all counsel) (BAR) (Entered: 02/24/1997)

Feb. 18, 1997
5

TRIAL REPORT by pla, dft & jy trial demanded by pla (former emp) (Entered: 04/10/1997)

April 9, 1997
5

JOINT TRIAL REPORT & DEMAND for jury trial by pla Equal Employment Opp (former emp) (Entered: 04/10/1997)

April 9, 1997
7

NOTICE of compliance of initial disclosure statement pursuant to FRCivP 26(a) by dft Wal-Mart Stores Inc (MRP) (Entered: 05/05/1997)

May 1, 1997
8

NOTICE of compliance of initial disclosure statement pursuant to FRCivP 26(a) by pla Equal Employment Opp (MRP) (Entered: 07/10/1997)

July 9, 1997
9

OBJECTIONS to subpoena for medical records in this case by pla Equal Employment Opp (MRP) (Entered: 08/01/1997)

July 31, 1997
10

OBJECTIONS to ntc for production of doc and subpoena by Casa de Esperanza (MRP) (Entered: 08/13/1997)

Aug. 12, 1997
11

NOTICE by pla Equal Employment Opp of svc of pla ans to dft req for admissions to pla (MRP) (Entered: 08/20/1997)

Aug. 19, 1997
12

OBJECTIONS to ntc for prod of documents and subpoena (MRP) (Entered: 08/25/1997)

Aug. 22, 1997
13

NOTICE by pla of Svc of Pla's 1st set of non-uniform interrogatories, 1st request for production and 1st request for admissions (former emp) (Entered: 10/07/1997)

Oct. 6, 1997
14

NOTICE by pla Equal Employment Opp OF TAKING DEPO OF Miriam Trembley on the following date(s): 10/21/97 @ 12:30 pm , Lou Crulylow on 10/23/97 @ 12:30 pm (MRP) (Entered: 10/21/1997)

Oct. 20, 1997
15

NOTICE by pla Equal Employment Opp OF TAKING DEPO OF Ron Stanford on the following date(s): 11/13/97 @ 1:00pm (MRP) (Entered: 10/28/1997)

Oct. 24, 1997
16

NOTICE by pla Equal Employment Opp OF TAKING DEPO OF Nancy Hammond on the following date(s): 10/27/97 @ 10:00 am (MRP) (Entered: 10/28/1997)

Oct. 24, 1997
17

ORDER by Judge Alfredo C. Marquez granting objection, granting objection, granting objection Cope Behavioral, Case de Espernanza, and adaptive Living Instituiton need not comply with objectionable subpoena nor production req (cc: all counsel) (MRP) (Entered: 11/06/1997)

Nov. 5, 1997
18

RESPONSE by dft Wal-Mart Stores Inc to objection [12-1] (MRP) (Entered: 11/06/1997)

Nov. 5, 1997
19

MOTION to extend time of discovery ddl by dft Wal-Mart Stores Inc [19-1] (MRP) (Entered: 11/13/1997)

Nov. 12, 1997
20

NOTICE by pla Equal Employment Opp of svc for pla EEOC's resp to dft req for prod of doc and things (MRP) (Entered: 11/21/1997)

Nov. 20, 1997
21

RESPONSE by pla Equal Employment Opp to dft req for prod of doc and things (MRP) (Entered: 11/21/1997)

Nov. 20, 1997
22

ORDER by Judge Alfredo C. Marquez granting motion to extend time of discovery ddl by dft Wal-Mart Stores Inc [19-1] ; PTO ddl set for 4/27/98 ; Pretrial conference set for 11:30 5/11/98 pre-trial mtns be filed by 03/27/98, extention of 120 days to conduct discovery (cc: all counsel) (MRP) (Entered: 12/01/1997)

Nov. 26, 1997
23

NOTICE by pla Equal Employment Opp OF TAKING DEPO OF Lou Curylou, Monica Rodarte on the following date(s): 12/15/97 @ 10:00 & 3:00 pm (MRP) (Entered: 12/02/1997)

Nov. 28, 1997
24

AMENDED NOTICE by pla Equal Employment Opp OF TAKING DEPO OF Ron Stanford on the following date(s): 12/16/97 @ 1:00pm (MRP) (Entered: 12/02/1997)

Nov. 28, 1997
25

NOTICE by pla OF TAKING DEPO OF Monica Rodarte, Lou Curylou on the following date(s): 2/12/98 (PAB) (Entered: 02/05/1998)

Feb. 4, 1998
26

NOTICE by pla OF TAKING DEPO OF Ron Stanford on the following date(s): 2/24/98 (PAB) (Entered: 02/05/1998)

Feb. 4, 1998
27

NOTICE of compliance of initial disclosure statement pursuant to FRCivP 26(a) by pla Equal Employment Opp (MRP) (Entered: 02/19/1998)

Feb. 18, 1998
28

NOTICE by pla Equal Employment Opp of svc 2nd set non-uniform interrogatories and 2nd req for prod of doc (MRP) (Entered: 02/19/1998)

Feb. 18, 1998
29

NOTICE of compliance of initial disclosure statement pursuant to FRCivP 26(a) by pla Equal Employment Opp (MRP) (Entered: 02/24/1998)

Feb. 23, 1998
30

MOTION to extend time of discovery ddl by dft Wal-Mart Stores Inc [30-1] (MRP) (Entered: 03/10/1998)

March 9, 1998
31

ORDER by Judge Alfredo C. Marquez granting motion to extend time of discovery ddl by dft Wal-Mart Stores Inc [30-1] ; dispositive motions due 6/16/98 ; PTO ddl set for 7/16/98 ; Pretrial conference set for 6/29/98 (cc: all counsel) (MRP) (Entered: 03/17/1998)

March 16, 1998
32

ORDER by Judge Alfredo C. Marquez granting motion to extend time of discovery ddl by dft Wal-Mart Stores Inc [30-1] ; discovery ddl set for 5/16/98 ; dispositive motions due 6/16/98 ; PTO ddl set for 7/16/98 ; Pretrial conference set for 11:00 8/3/98 (cc: all counsel) (MRP) (Entered: 03/19/1998)

March 18, 1998
33

6th suppl NOTICE of compliance of initial disclosure statement pursuant to FRCivP 26(a) by dft Wal-Mart Stores Inc (PAB) (Entered: 04/20/1998)

April 20, 1998
34

NOTICE by pla Equal Employment Opp OF TAKING DEPO OF Wal Mart on the following date(s): 05/05/98 at 9:00 am (MRP) (Entered: 04/30/1998)

April 29, 1998
35

NOTICE by pla Equal Employment Opp OF TAKING DEPO OF Ron Sanford on the following date(s): 05/04/98 at 1:00 pm (MRP) (Entered: 04/30/1998)

April 29, 1998
36

NOTICE of compliance of initial disclosure statement pursuant to FRCivP 26(a) by dft Wal-Mart Stores Inc (MRP) (Entered: 05/04/1998)

May 1, 1998
37

7th suppl NOTICE of compliance of initial disclosure statement pursuant to FRCivP 26(a) by dft (PAB) (Entered: 05/11/1998)

May 8, 1998
39

NOTICE of Ninth Supplemental disclosure statement pursuant to FRCivP 26(a) by dft (former emp) (Entered: 05/21/1998)

May 20, 1998
40

MOTION to extend time of discovery ddl by dft Wal-Mart Stores Inc [40-1] (MRP) (Entered: 05/22/1998)

May 21, 1998
41

ATTORNEY APPEARANCE for pla Equal Employment Opp by Patricia Ann Kirtley (MRP) (Entered: 05/29/1998)

May 28, 1998
42

ORDER by Judge Alfredo C. Marquez granting motion to extend time of discovery ddl by dft Wal-Mart Stores Inc [40-1] ; dispositive motions due 8/17/98 ; PTO ddl set for 9/17/98 (cc: all counsel) (MRP) (Entered: 06/01/1998)

May 29, 1998
43

NOTICE by pla Equal Employment Opp OF TAKING DEPO OF Al Silberman Ed.D on the following date(s): 06/23/98 at 10:00 am (MRP) (Entered: 06/10/1998)

June 9, 1998
44

MOTION to extend time 30 days in which to conduct discovery by pla Equal Employment Opp [44-1] (MRP) (Entered: 07/17/1998)

July 16, 1998
45

ORDER by Judge Alfredo C. Marquez granting motion to extend time 30 days in which to conduct discovery by pla Equal Employment Opp [44-1] ; discovery ddl set for 8/17/98 ; dispositive motions due 9/17/98 ; PTO ddl set for 10/19/98 ; Pretrial conference set for 10:30 11/30/98 no further extensions will be granted (cc: all counsel) (former emp) (Entered: 07/23/1998)

July 21, 1998
46

NOTICE by pla OF TAKING DEPO OF Carolyn Harr on the following date(s): 8/12/98 (PAB) (Entered: 07/23/1998)

July 23, 1998
47

MOTION for summary judgment re: punitive damages by dft Wal-Mart Stores Inc [47-1] (MRP) (Entered: 09/17/1998)

Sept. 16, 1998
48

STATEMENT OF FACTS in support by dft Wal-Mart Stores Inc re motion for summary judgment re: punitive damages by dft Wal-Mart Stores Inc [47-1] (MRP) (Entered: 09/17/1998)

Sept. 16, 1998
49

STIPULATION for Extension of Time for 14 days within which to file pla's response to dft's motion for partial sum jgm (former emp) (Entered: 10/19/1998)

Oct. 15, 1998
50

ORDER by Judge Alfredo C. Marquez granting stipulation that the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission shall have and extension of 14 days to 11/2/98 to serve its response to dft mtn for partial sum jgm(cc: all counsel) (PAB) (Entered: 10/20/1998)

Oct. 19, 1998

PROPOSED PRE-TRIAL ORDER received by pla, dft (PAB) (Entered: 10/21/1998)

Oct. 21, 1998
51

RESPONSE by pla to motion for summary judgment re: punitive damages by dft Wal-Mart Stores Inc [47-1] (former emp) (Entered: 11/02/1998)

Nov. 2, 1998
52

STATEMENT OF FACTS by pla re motion response to dft's motion for sum jgm (former emp) (Entered: 11/02/1998)

Nov. 2, 1998
54

RESPONSE by Wal-Mart Stores Inc to pla objections to statement of facts (PAB) (Entered: 11/18/1998)

Nov. 17, 1998
56

PRETRIAL ORDER approved by Judge Alfredo C. Marquez (PAB) (Entered: 12/03/1998)

Dec. 1, 1998
55

MINUTE ENTRY Judge Inits: ACM Crt Rptr: Beth Harper ; pretrial conference held 11/30/98 ; Pretrial order approved by the Court. Jury trial set for 9:00 4/6/99 Porposed instructions, voir dire, any trial briefs & proposed interrogatories to be filed 2 weeks bfr trial. Exhibits to be marked prior to commencement of trial. Cnsl contact Renee Ludeke Courtroom clerk for further instructions. Court orderes pla provied rpt to the dft by 12/31/98 of the witness Bea Reed. [cc: all cnsl] [55-2] (PAB) (Entered: 12/03/1998)

Dec. 3, 1998
57

Pla EEOC's ntc of filing original affidavit in support of its stmt of facts & response to dft mtn for sum jgm[52-1] (PAB) (Entered: 12/08/1998)

Dec. 7, 1998
58

MOTION in limine to precluce evidence of other acts of alleged discrimination by dft [58-1] (PAB) (Entered: 02/03/1999)

Dec. 29, 1998
59

MOTION in limine to exclude EEOC's letter of determination by dft Wal-Mart Stores Inc [59-1] (PAB) (Entered: 01/04/1999)

Jan. 4, 1999
60

STIPULATION for extension of time to serve response to dft mtn in limine (PAB) (Entered: 01/19/1999)

Jan. 19, 1999
61

ORDER by Judge Alfredo C. Marquez granting stipulation that the plaintiff EEOC shall have an extension of fourteen days, until 1/29/99 to serve its responses to dft's mtn in limine (cc: all counsel) (KDT) (Entered: 01/20/1999)

Jan. 20, 1999
62

RESPONSE by pla to motion in limine to precluce evidence of other acts of alleged discrimination by dft [58-1] (KDT) (Entered: 02/03/1999)

Feb. 2, 1999
63

STIPULATION for extension of time to 2/25/99 for dft to serve its reply to pla's response to dft's motions in limine by pla, dft (former emp) (Entered: 02/10/1999)

Feb. 10, 1999
64

ORDER by Judge Alfredo C. Marquez granting stipulation that dft has an extension of time to 2/25/99 to serve its reply to pla's response to motions in limine(cc: all counsel) (former emp) (Entered: 02/11/1999)

Feb. 11, 1999
65

STIPULATION to continue trial for 60 to 90 days (PAB) (Entered: 02/23/1999)

Feb. 22, 1999
66

REPLY by dft to response to motion in limine to precluce evidence of other acts of alleged discrimination by dft [58-1] (PAB) (Entered: 02/23/1999)

Feb. 22, 1999
67

ORDER by Judge Alfredo C. Marquez granting stipulation to continue trip date ; jury trial set for 9:00 6/7/99 (cc: all counsel) (former emp) (Entered: 02/24/1999)

Feb. 24, 1999
68

Proposed Voir dire submitted by Wal-Mart Stores Inc (PAB) (Entered: 03/01/1999)

Feb. 24, 1999
70

MOTION to limit pla to one expert per issue by Wal-Mart Stores Inc [70-1] (PAB) (Entered: 03/01/1999)

Feb. 24, 1999
71

STIPULATION for extension of time & continuation of trial date at the Court's convenience after the decision in Kolstad (PAB) (Entered: 03/16/1999)

March 15, 1999
72

ORDER by Judge Alfredo C. Marquez granting stipulation for extension of time & continuation of trial date: Equal employment opportunity commission shallhave until 3/26/99 to serve its resp to dft mtn to limit pla to one expert per issue & mtn to bifurcate(punitive damages). Also ordered that the trial of 6/7/99 be vacated ; jury trial vacated (cc: all counsel) (PAB) (Entered: 03/17/1999)

March 17, 1999
73

RESPONSE by pla EEOC to motion to limit pla to one expert per issue by Wal-Mart Stores Inc [70-1] (PAB) (Entered: 03/29/1999)

March 29, 1999
74

RESPONSE by EEOC to motion to bifurcate trial so pla claim for punitive damages is tried separately from pla claim for compendatory damages & liability by dft Wal-Mart Stores Inc [69-1] (PAB) (Entered: 03/29/1999)

March 29, 1999
75

REPLY by dft Wal-Mart Stores Inc to response to motion to bifurcate trial so pla claim for punitive damages is tried separately from pla claim for compendatory damages & liability by dft Wal-Mart Stores Inc [69-1] (PAB) (Entered: 04/12/1999)

April 7, 1999
76

REPLY by Wal-Mart Stores Inc to response to motion to limit pla to one expert per issue by Wal-Mart Stores Inc [70-1] (PAB) (Entered: 04/12/1999)

April 7, 1999
77

AMENDED MINUTE ENTRY, nunc pro tunc as of 12/3/98, Judge Inits: ACM re: minute entry [55-2] taking under advisement on 12/3/98 the motion for summary judgment re: punitive damages by dft Wal-Mart Stores Inc, to be decided at trial; specifically there will be no admission of evidence RE: wealth of Wal-Mart until court decides the issue of punitive damages [47-1] [cc: all cnsl] [77-1] (former emp) (Entered: 04/14/1999)

April 14, 1999
78

ORDER by Judge Alfredo C. Marquez: the parites file a stip for ext of time & continuation of trial date on 3/15/99. The Court granted said stip & is waiting to reset the trial date on this matter following the Supreme Court ruling on Kolstad v American Dental Ass'n. Ordered that pla shall notify this Court of said ruling so that the trial may be reset (cc: all counsel) re: order [78-1] (PAB) (Entered: 06/02/1999)

June 2, 1999
79

STATUS REPORT by pla ; parties ask that matter be set for trial. (MAH) (Entered: 09/02/1999)

Sept. 2, 1999
80

ORDER by Judge Alfredo C. Marquez telephonic status hearing set for 11:00 10/4/99 before Judge Marquez; the Court will initiate the call (cc: all counsel) (MAH) (Entered: 09/24/1999)

Sept. 24, 1999
81

MOTION to consolidate this case with CV 94-465-TUC-ACM for trial by pla [81-1] (MAH) (Entered: 10/01/1999)

Oct. 1, 1999
83

Party elects assignment of case to district judge ; mag election form ddl satisfied 10/15/99 (PAB) (Entered: 10/18/1999)

Oct. 15, 1999
85

RESPONSE by dft Wal-Mart Stores Inc to motion to consolidate this case with CV 94-465-TUC-ACM for trial by pla [81-1] (PAB) (Entered: 10/18/1999)

Oct. 15, 1999
84

MINUTE ORDER: Pursuant to Local Rule 1.2(e), a request has been received for a random reassignment of this case to a district Judge. Further ordered: Case reassigned to Judge Frank R. Zapata (with notice sent) All future pleadings should now list the following complete case number: CIV-96-741-TUC-FRZ(cc: all counsel/JC/FRZ) [84-2] (PAB) (Entered: 10/18/1999)

Oct. 18, 1999
86

ORDER by Judge Frank R. Zapata ; pursuant to General Order 98-62 Case referred to Mag Judge James C. Carruth for all pretrial proceedings and report and recommendation all future pleadings shall reflect the case number CV 96-741-TUC-FRZ (JC) (cc: all counsel) (MAH) (Entered: 10/21/1999)

Oct. 21, 1999
87

Party elects assignment of case to district judge (PAB) (Entered: 10/25/1999)

Oct. 25, 1999
88

STIPULATION by pla, dft the the EEOC may have a two week extension until 11/8/99 to serve its reply to dft's response to pla's mtn to consolidate (MAH) (Entered: 10/29/1999)

Oct. 27, 1999
89

ORDER by Mag Judge James C. Carruth granting stipulation allowing EEOC until 11/8/99 to file its reply to dft's response to pla's mtn to consolidate. (cc: all counsel) (MAH) (Entered: 10/29/1999)

Oct. 28, 1999
90

REPLY by pla to response to motion to consolidate this case with CV 94-465-TUC-ACM for trial by pla [81-1] (MAH) (Entered: 11/09/1999)

Nov. 8, 1999
91

NOTICE of service of discovery by pla. (MAH) (Entered: 11/18/1999)

Nov. 18, 1999
92

ORDER by Judge Frank R. Zapata denying motion to consolidate this case with CV 94-465-TUC-ACM for trial as moot by pla [81-1] terminating case referral to Mag Judge James C. Carruth Judge Browning's order of 11/16/99 in CV 94-465-TUC-WDB recommends that this case be transferred to him for all further proceedings Case reassigned to Judge William D. Browning (with notice sent) all further pleadings shall bear the designation CV 96-741-TUC-WDB (cc: all counsel) (MAH) (Entered: 11/19/1999)

Nov. 19, 1999
93

MINUTE ORDER in court hearing on pending motion for sum jgm, to preclude evidence of other acts, to exclude EEOC's letter of determination , to bifurcate trial and to limit pla to one expert per issue set for 9:00 1/5/00 the discovery ddl for punitive damages has been extended to 2/4/00; so a decision on issues relating to punitive damages cannot be made until after that time (cc: all counsel) [93-2] (MAH) (Entered: 12/13/1999)

Dec. 13, 1999
95

ATTORNEY APPEARANCE for pla EEOC by Sally Clifford Shanley (MAH) (Entered: 01/07/2000)

Jan. 7, 2000
96

MINUTE ENTRY before Judge William D. Browning Crt Rptr: D. Davenport granting motion in limine to exclude EEOC's letter of determination by dft Wal-Mart Stores Inc [59-1], granting motion in limine to precluce evidence of other acts of alleged discrimination by dft [58-1], dismissing the motion for summary judgment re: punitive damages by dft Wal-Mart Stores Inc [47-1] denying motion to limit pla to one expert per issue by Wal-Mart Stores Inc [70-1], granting motion to bifurcate trial so pla claim for punitive damages is tried separately from pla claim for compendatory damages & liability by dft Wal-Mart Stores Inc [69-1] ; dispositive motions due 3/6/00 [cc: all cnsl] [96-2] (former emp) (Entered: 01/10/2000)

Jan. 10, 2000
97

NOTICE of service of discovery by dft. (MAH) (Entered: 01/21/2000)

Jan. 21, 2000
98

NOTICE by pla OF TAKING DEPO OF Ron Sanford on the following date(s): 1/28/00 @ 1:00 p.m. (MAH) (Entered: 01/24/2000)

Jan. 24, 2000
99

NOTICE by pla OF TAKING DEPO OF Trish Ledbetter, Lou Curylou on the following date(s): 1/26/00 at 10:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m. (MAH) (Entered: 01/24/2000)

Jan. 24, 2000
100

NOTICE by pla OF TAKING DEPO OF Wal-Mart Corporation on the following date(s): 1/28/00 @ 10:00 a.m. (MAH) (Entered: 01/24/2000)

Jan. 24, 2000
101

MOTION to clarify ruling granting dft's mtn to preclude evidence of other acts of discrimination by pla [101-1] , and/or for reconsideration of order of 1/7/00 by pla [101-2] (MAH) (Entered: 01/25/2000)

Jan. 25, 2000
102

First Amended NOTICE by pla OF TAKING DEPO OF Nancy Hammond, Lou Curylo on the following date(s): 2/1/00 @ 10:00 and 1:00 (MAH) (Entered: 01/28/2000)

Jan. 27, 2000
103

STIPULATION by pla, dft to extend time to complete discovery to 3/3/00 (MAH) (Entered: 01/31/2000)

Jan. 31, 2000
104

ORDER by Judge William D. Browning mtns in limine shall be filed by 4/7/00; responses to mtns in limine due 4/17/00 mtns for summary jgm due 3/6/00 ; responses due 4/5/00; replies due 4/19/00 ;PTO ddl set for 4/7/00 ; Pretrial conference set for 10:00 4/26/00 ; proposed voir dire, jury instructions and trial briefs shall be filed by 5/1/00; jury trial set for 9:30 5/8/00 hrg on mtns for summary jgm has been set for 5/8/00 at 8;30; second phase of trial has been set for 5/23/00 at 9:00 a.m. (cc: all counsel) (MAH) (Entered: 02/02/2000)

Feb. 2, 2000

State / Territory: Arizona

Case Type(s):

Equal Employment

Special Collection(s):

EEOC Study — in sample

IWPR/Wage Project Consent Decree Study

Key Dates

Filing Date: Dec. 23, 1996

Closing Date: May 11, 2000

Case Ongoing: No

Plaintiffs

Plaintiff Description:

EEOC

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

Wal Mart Stores Inc., Private Entity/Person

Case Details

Causes of Action:

42 U.S.C. § 1981

Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. § 2000e

Availably Documents:

Trial Court Docket

Outcome

Prevailing Party: Defendant

Nature of Relief:

None

Source of Relief:

None

Issues

General:

Disparate Treatment

Discrimination-basis:

Sex discrimination

EEOC-centric:

Direct Suit on Merits