Case: EEOC v. DENNY'S INC.

2:99-cv-01548 | U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington

Filed Date: Sept. 28, 1999

Closed Date: Jan. 24, 2003

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Case Summary

In September 1999, the EEOC district office in Seattle, Washington brought this suit against Denny's, Inc., a national restaurant chain, in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington, alleging violations of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 based on sex. Specifically, the suit alleged that the defendant maintained a sexually hostile work environment and retaliated against women for complaining. The case was settled and a settlement agreement was entered in January …

In September 1999, the EEOC district office in Seattle, Washington brought this suit against Denny's, Inc., a national restaurant chain, in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington, alleging violations of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 based on sex. Specifically, the suit alleged that the defendant maintained a sexually hostile work environment and retaliated against women for complaining.

The case was settled and a settlement agreement was entered in January 2000. The parties agreed that the defendant would pay the women $252,902.99 in damages, $171,097.01 in attorney's fees, make a $50,000 donation to the YWCA, refrain from retaliating and discriminating on the basis of sex, post a settlement notice, implement and distribute an anti-sexual harassment policy, provide EEO training, expunge the women's employee records of all mention of this litigation, implement a complaint procedure, and conduct an audit of the impact of the new policies. The terms of the agreement ran for three years.

Summary Authors

Jason Chester (7/2/2007)


Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Cordon, Claire (Washington)

Lucero, A. Luis Jr. (Washington)

Olson, Kathryn Blaire (Washington)

Reams, Gwendolyn Young (District of Columbia)

Stewart, C. Gregory (District of Columbia)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Reiss, Michael (Washington)

Tyson, Tahl (Washington)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Cordon, Claire (Washington)

Lucero, A. Luis Jr. (Washington)

Olson, Kathryn Blaire (Washington)

Reams, Gwendolyn Young (District of Columbia)

Stewart, C. Gregory (District of Columbia)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Reiss, Michael (Washington)

Tyson, Tahl (Washington)

Documents in the Clearinghouse

Document

Docket

EEOC v. Denny's, Inc.

Jan. 24, 2000 Docket
15

Settlement Agreement and (Proposed) Order of Dismissal

EEOC v. Denny's Inc.

Jan. 21, 2000 Order/Opinion

Docket

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

ECF Number Description Date Link
1

COMPLAINT JURY TRIAL DEMANDED (Summons(es) issued) Receipt # fee waived (PM) (Entered: 10/02/1999)

Sept. 28, 1999
2

MOTION to intervene by April McCready, Monique Waldenstrom, Kim Kircher, Heidi Cullen, Shelby Swearinger, Kelli Irish, & Sabrina Price NOTED FOR 10/15/99 (dktclk) (Entered: 10/03/1999)

Sept. 29, 1999
3

MEMORANDUM of points & authorities in support of motion to intervene by April McCready, Monique Waldenstrom, Kim Kircher, Heidi Cullen, Shelby Swearinger, Kelli Irish, & Sabrina Price [2-1] (dktclk) (Entered: 10/03/1999)

Sept. 29, 1999
4

DECLARATION of Counsel re motion to intervene by April McCready, Monique Waldenstrom, Kim Kircher, Heidi Cullen, Shelby Swearinger, Kelli Irish, & Sabrina Price [2-1] (dktclk) (Entered: 10/03/1999)

Sept. 29, 1999

LODGED ORDER: re: motion to intervene by April McCready, Monique Waldenstrom, Kim Kircher, Heidi Cullen, Shelby Swearinger, Kelli Irish, & Sabrina Price [2-1] (dktclk) (Entered: 10/03/1999)

Sept. 29, 1999

PROPOSED Complaint In Intervention re: motion to intervene by April McCready, Monique Waldenstrom, Kim Kircher, Heidi Cullen, Shelby Swearinger, Kelli Irish, & Sabrina Price [2-1] (dktclk) (Entered: 10/03/1999)

Sept. 29, 1999
5

RETURN OF SERVICE of summons and complaint executed upon defendant Denny's Inc on 9/28/99 (dktclk) (Entered: 10/03/1999)

Sept. 30, 1999
6

ATTORNEY APPEARANCE for defendant Denny's Inc by Michael Reiss, Tahl Tyson (dktclk) (Entered: 10/18/1999)

Oct. 12, 1999
7

RETURN OF SERVICE of proposed intervenor's complaint executed upon defendant Denny's Inc on 9/30/99 (dktclk) (Entered: 10/18/1999)

Oct. 12, 1999
8

NOTICE OF HEARING: ; status hrg set for 9:00 1/4/00 (cc: all counsel) (dktclk) (Entered: 10/19/1999)

Oct. 18, 1999
9

ORDER re: DISCOVERY and DEPOSITIONS by Chief Judge John C. Coughenour (cc: counsel, Judge) (dktclk) (Entered: 10/19/1999)

Oct. 18, 1999
10

NOTICE OF WITHDRAWAL of motion to intervene by April McCready, Monique Waldenstrom, Kim Kircher, Heidi Cullen, Shelby Swearinger, Kelli Irish, & Sabrina Price [2-1] (dktclk) (Entered: 10/25/1999)

Oct. 21, 1999

PROPOSED Stipulation & Order Enlarging time for Deft Denny's to Answer or Otherwise Respond (dktclk) (Entered: 11/09/1999)

Nov. 5, 1999
11

STIPULATION and ORDER ENLARGING TIME FOR DEFT DENNY'S TO ANSWER OF OTHERWISE PLEAD by Chief Judge John C. Coughenour : Deft Denny's Inc shall be allowed through 11/30/99 to answer or othwerwise respond to pltf's complaint. (cc: counsel, JCC) (PM) (Entered: 11/12/1999)

Nov. 10, 1999

LODGED ORDER: second stipulation and order enlarging time for dft Denny's to answer or otherwise respond (MH) (Entered: 11/24/1999)

Nov. 24, 1999
12

STIPULATION and ORDER enlarging time for dft Denny's to answer or otherwise respond by Chief Judge John C. Coughenour; dft Denny's shall be allowed through 12/17/99 to answer or otherwise respond to pla's complaint (cc: counsel, Judge) (MH) (Entered: 12/06/1999)

Dec. 6, 1999

LODGED ORDER: Third stipulation and order enlarging time for dft Denny's to answer or otherwise respond (MH) (Entered: 12/20/1999)

Dec. 17, 1999
13

THIRD STIPULATION and ORDER by Chief Judge John C. Coughenour extending time for dft Denny's to answer or otherwise respond to 1/10/00 (cc: counsel, Judge) (MH) (Entered: 12/20/1999)

Dec. 20, 1999
14

MINUTES OF STATUS HEARING: JCC; Dep Clerk: J Mahnke; CR: Laurene Kelly; cnsl Olson, Reiss and Theisen present. Cnsl advise ct that this action should settle. Further conf set for 2/1/00 at 9am (RS) (Entered: 01/07/2000)

Jan. 4, 2000

LODGED ORDER: settlement agreement and proposed order of dismissal (MH) (Entered: 01/18/2000)

Jan. 14, 2000
15

STIPULATION and ORDER by Chief Judge John C. Coughenour: action dismissed with prejudice and without costs or fees and case termed (cc: counsel, Judge, JM) (VK) (Entered: 01/24/2000)

Jan. 24, 2000

State / Territory: Washington

Case Type(s):

Equal Employment

Special Collection(s):

EEOC Study — in sample

Key Dates

Filing Date: Sept. 28, 1999

Closing Date: Jan. 24, 2003

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

Denny's, Inc., Private Entity/Person

Case Details

Causes of Action:

42 U.S.C. § 1981

State law

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

State Anti-Discrimination Law

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

Amount Defendant Pays: 475000

Order Duration: 2000 - 2003

Content of Injunction:

Expungement of Employment Record

Develop anti-discrimination policy

Comply with advertising/recruiting requirements

Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law

Implement complaint/dispute resolution process

Reporting

Recordkeeping

Auditing

Discrimination Prohibition

Retaliation Prohibition

Provide antidiscrimination training

Monitoring

Issues

General:

Disparate Treatment

Discrimination-area:

Harassment / Hostile Work Environment

Other Conditions of Employment (including assignment, transfer, hours, working conditions, etc)

Discrimination-basis:

Sex discrimination

Affected Gender:

Female

EEOC-centric:

Direct Suit on Merits