Case: EEOC v. WASHINGTON GROUP INTERNATIONAL

1:04-cv-12097 | U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts

Filed Date: Sept. 30, 2004

Closed Date: March 7, 2010

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Case Summary

In September 2004, the Boston Area Office and New York District Office of the EEOC filed this lawsuit against Washington Group International, Inc. in the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts alleging discrimination on the basis of race (African-American) in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The complaint specifically alleged the defendant subjected the complainants to a racially hostile work environment and subjected them to retaliation following their co…

In September 2004, the Boston Area Office and New York District Office of the EEOC filed this lawsuit against Washington Group International, Inc. in the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts alleging discrimination on the basis of race (African-American) in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The complaint specifically alleged the defendant subjected the complainants to a racially hostile work environment and subjected them to retaliation following their complaints about this environment. The complainants intervened in the lawsuit in January and February 2005. Following some discovery and referral to mediation, the parties settled the lawsuit in January 2008 through a consent decree.

The two-year decree, containing an anti-discrimination and retaliation clause, required the defendant to: make compliance reports, allow access to outsiders for monitoring, designate internal coordinators, develop its anti-discrimination policy, create a graffiti policy, post and distribute notice of employee rights, provide EEO training, implement a complaint resolution program and monitoring system, and pay $ 1,500,000 to be distributed among seventeen individuals.

The settlement was scheduled to last two years, and there is no additional activity reflected in the docket sheet; presumably, the case closed in 2010.

Summary Authors

David Friedman (4/21/2008)

People

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Judge(s)

Bowler, Marianne B. (Massachusetts)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Palacios, Rosa Liliana (Massachusetts)

Penzel, Markus Landon (Massachusetts)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Bernardo, Michael R. (Massachusetts)

Higgins, Erin K. (Massachusetts)

Kavanaugh, James F. (Massachusetts)

Other Attorney(s)

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Judge(s)

Bowler, Marianne B. (Massachusetts)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Palacios, Rosa Liliana (Massachusetts)

Penzel, Markus Landon (Massachusetts)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Bernardo, Michael R. (Massachusetts)

Higgins, Erin K. (Massachusetts)

Kavanaugh, James F. (Massachusetts)

Other Attorney(s)

Bennett, Todd J. (Massachusetts)

Damon, Lisa J. (Massachusetts)

Dessin, Jacques A. (Massachusetts)

Martino, Erin S. (Massachusetts)

Paterniti, Stephan T. (Massachusetts)

Serafyn, Jennifer A. (Massachusetts)

Documents in the Clearinghouse

Document

1:04-cv-12097

Docket [PACER]

EEOC v. Washington Group International, Inc.

March 31, 2009

March 31, 2009

Docket
1-1

1:04-cv-12097

Complaint and Jury Trial Demand

EEOC v. Washington Group International, Inc.

Sept. 30, 2004

Sept. 30, 2004

Complaint
17

1:04-cv-12097

Complaint to Intervene as of Right and Jury Demand

EEOC v. Washington Group International, Inc.

Jan. 19, 2005

Jan. 19, 2005

Complaint
21

1:04-cv-12097

Complaint to Intervene as of Right and Jury Demand

EEOC v. Washington Group International, Inc.

Feb. 14, 2005

Feb. 14, 2005

Complaint
53

1:04-cv-12097

Consent Decree

EEOC v. Washington Group International, Inc.

March 7, 2008

March 7, 2008

Settlement Agreement

Resources

Docket

See docket on RECAP: https://www.courtlistener.com/docket/4280037/equal-employment-opportunity-commission-v-washington-group-international/

Last updated Aug. 10, 2022, 3:08 a.m.

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COMPLAINT Filing fee: $ 150, filed by Equal Employment Opportunity Commision. (Attachments: # (1) Civil Category Sheet)(Edge, Eugenia)

1 Civil Category Sheet

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2 Civil Category Sheet

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Sept. 30, 2004

Sept. 30, 2004

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2

NOTICE of Appearance by Michael R. Bernardo, James F. Kavanaugh Jr., Erin K. Higgins on behalf of Washington Group International, Inc. c/s (Edge, Eugenia)

Oct. 12, 2004

Oct. 12, 2004

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3

WAIVER OF SERVICE Returned Executed Washington Group International, Inc. waiver sent on 10/1/2004, answer due 11/30/2004. (Edge, Eugenia)

Oct. 14, 2004

Oct. 14, 2004

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6

MOTION to Intervene as Plaintiff and Add as Defendants Ron Bennett, Michael Fogarty and Dennis Woodruff.. (Attachments: # (1) Complaint to Intervene)(Edge, Eugenia)

1 Complaint to Intervene

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2 Complaint to Intervene

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Nov. 24, 2004

Nov. 24, 2004

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7

MEMORANDUM of LAW in Support re [6] MOTION to Intervene . (Edge, Eugenia)

Nov. 24, 2004

Nov. 24, 2004

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8

AFFIDAVIT in Support re [6] MOTION to Intervene. (Edge, Eugenia)

Nov. 24, 2004

Nov. 24, 2004

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4

Defendant's ANSWER to Complaint with Jury Demand by Washington Group International, Inc..(Higgins, Erin)

Nov. 29, 2004

Nov. 29, 2004

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5

CORPORATE DISCLOSURE STATEMENT by Washington Group International, Inc.. (Higgins, Erin)

Nov. 29, 2004

Nov. 29, 2004

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9

NOTICE of Scheduling Conference Scheduling Conference set for 2/14/2005 02:00 PM in Courtroom 9 before Judge George A. O'Toole Jr.. Please mark your calendars accordingly. (Lyness, Paul)

Jan. 13, 2005

Jan. 13, 2005

RECAP
17

Intervenor COMPLAINT, filed by John Baldwin, Leonard Bell, Wayne henderson, Johannes Kaindoh.(Edge, Eugenia)

Jan. 19, 2005

Jan. 19, 2005

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10

JOINT STATEMENT of counsel Pursuant to Local Rule 16.1(D)(3). (Higgins, Erin)

Feb. 7, 2005

Feb. 7, 2005

RECAP
13

MOTION to Intervene by Godwin Enagbare, Joe L. Willis.(Abaid, Kim)

Feb. 7, 2005

Feb. 7, 2005

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11

CERTIFICATE OF CONSULTATION Pursuant to Local Rule 16.1(D)(3) by Rosa L. Palacios on behalf of Equal Employment Opportunity Commision. (Palacios, Rosa)

Feb. 7, 2005

Feb. 7, 2005

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14

MEMORANDUM in Support re [13] MOTION to Intervene filed by Godwin Enagbare, Joe L. Willis. (Abaid, Kim)

Feb. 7, 2005

Feb. 7, 2005

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15

Proposed Document(s) submitted by Godwin Enagbare, Joe L. Willis. Document received: Complaint to Intervene. (Abaid, Kim)

Feb. 7, 2005

Feb. 7, 2005

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16

AFFIDAVIT in Support re [13] MOTION to Intervene. (Abaid, Kim)

Feb. 7, 2005

Feb. 7, 2005

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12

CERTIFICATE OF CONSULTATION Pursuant to L.R. 16.1(D)(3) by Erin K. Higgins on behalf of Washington Group International, Inc.. (Higgins, Erin)

Feb. 8, 2005

Feb. 8, 2005

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21

Intervenor COMPLAINT with Jury Demand against intervenor defendant Washington Group International, Inc., filed by Godwin Enagbare, Joe L. Willis. (Edge, Eugenia)

Feb. 14, 2005

Feb. 14, 2005

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18

CERTIFICATION pursuant to Local Rule 16.1 by John Baldwin, Leonard Bell, Wayne Henderson, Johannes Kaindoh.(Edge, Eugenia)

Feb. 25, 2005

Feb. 25, 2005

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19

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF SERVICE Executed by Washington Group International, Inc., Ron Bennett, Michael Fogarty. Washington Group International, Inc. served on 3/1/2005, answer due 3/21/2005; Ron Bennett served on 3/1/2005, answer due 3/21/2005; Michael Fogarty served on 3/1/2005, answer due 3/21/2005. Acknowledgement filed by Washington Group International, Inc.; Ron Bennett; Michael Fogarty. (Edge, Eugenia)

March 10, 2005

March 10, 2005

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20

SUMMONS Returned Executed Dennis Woodruff served on 2/24/2005, answer due 3/16/2005. (Edge, Eugenia)

March 10, 2005

March 10, 2005

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22

NOTICE of Appearance by Stephen T. Paterniti on behalf of Washington Group International, Inc. (Paterniti, Stephen)

June 9, 2005

June 9, 2005

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23

ANSWER to Complaint with Jury Demand by Washington Group International, Inc..(Paterniti, Stephen)

July 12, 2005

July 12, 2005

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24

ANSWER to Intervenor Complaint by Ron Bennett, Michael Fogarty, Dennis Woodruff, Washington Group International, Inc..(Paterniti, Stephen)

July 12, 2005

July 12, 2005

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25

First MOTION for Extension of Time to August 16, 2006 to Complete Discovery On behalf of all Parties by Equal Employment Opportunity Commision.(Palacios, Rosa)

Nov. 8, 2005

Nov. 8, 2005

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26

Second MOTION for Extension of Time to January 15, 2007 to complete Discovery and Mediation Jointly Filed by all parties.(Palacios, Rosa) Modified on 6/26/2006 (Edge, Eugenia).

June 23, 2006

June 23, 2006

RECAP
27

STIPULATION Regarding Confidentiality of Godwin Enagbare's Medical Records by Equal Employment Opportunity Commision. (Palacios, Rosa)

Dec. 4, 2006

Dec. 4, 2006

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28

NOTICE of Appearance by Markus L. Penzel on behalf of Equal Employment Opportunity Commision (Penzel, Markus)

Dec. 6, 2006

Dec. 6, 2006

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29

(Third)Joint MOTION for Extension of Time to 04/16/2007 to Complete Discovery by Equal Employment Opportunity Commision.(Palacios, Rosa) Modified on 12/15/2006 (Edge, Eugenia).

Dec. 13, 2006

Dec. 13, 2006

RECAP
30

MOTION for Protective Order by Washington Group International, Inc..(Paterniti, Stephen)

Dec. 29, 2006

Dec. 29, 2006

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31

MEMORANDUM in Support re [30] MOTION for Protective Order filed by Washington Group International, Inc.. (Attachments: # (1) Affidavit of Stephen G. Hanks# (2) Affidavit of Stephen T. Paterniti)(Paterniti, Stephen)

1 Affidavit of Stephen G. Hanks

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2 Affidavit of Stephen G. Hanks

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3 Affidavit of Stephen T. Paterniti

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Dec. 29, 2006

Dec. 29, 2006

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32

MEMORANDUM in Opposition re [30] MOTION for Protective Order filed by Equal Employment Opportunity Commision. (Attachments: # (1) Exhibit A# (2) Exhibit B (Part 1)# (3) Exhibit B (Part 2)# (4) Exhibit C (Part 1)# (5) Exhibit C (Part 2)# (6) Exhibit C (Part 3)# (7) Exhibit D# (8) Exhibit E# (9) Exhibit F# (10) Exhibit G# (11) Exhibit H# (12) Exhibit I# (13) Exhibit J)(Penzel, Markus) Additional attachment(s) added on 1/12/2007 (Edge, Eugenia). Additional attachment(s) added on 1/12/2007 (Edge, Eugenia).

1 Exhibit A

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2 Exhibit B (Part 1)

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3 Exhibit B (Part 2)

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4 Exhibit C (Part 1)

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5 Exhibit C (Part 2)

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6 Exhibit C (Part 3)

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7 Exhibit D

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8 Exhibit E

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9 Exhibit F

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10 Exhibit G

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11 Exhibit H

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12 Exhibit I

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13 Exhibit J

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15 MAIN DOCUMENT

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Jan. 11, 2007

Jan. 11, 2007

PACER
33

REPLY to Response to Motion re [30] MOTION for Protective Order filed by Washington Group International, Inc., Washington Group International, Inc.. (Attachments: # (1) Exhibit A (Part 1)# (2) Exhibit A (Part 2)# (3) Exhibit B (Part 1)# (4) Exhibit B (Part 2)# (5) Exhibit B (Part 3))(Paterniti, Stephen)

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2 Exhibit A (Part 1)

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3 Exhibit A (Part 2)

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4 Exhibit B (Part 1)

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5 Exhibit B (Part 2)

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6 Exhibit B (Part 3)

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Jan. 22, 2007

Jan. 22, 2007

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34

NOTICE of Appearance by Jennifer A. Serafyn on behalf of Michael Fogarty (Serafyn, Jennifer)

Jan. 31, 2007

Jan. 31, 2007

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35

NOTICE of Appearance by Lisa J. Damon on behalf of Michael Fogarty (Damon, Lisa)

Jan. 31, 2007

Jan. 31, 2007

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36

MOTION to Withdraw by Washington Group International, Inc., Washington Group International, Inc..(Paterniti, Stephen)

Feb. 1, 2007

Feb. 1, 2007

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37

MOTION to Withdraw as Attorney For Dennis Woodruff by Washington Group International, Inc.. (Attachments: # (1))(Paterniti, Stephen)

1 *Restricted*

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April 3, 2007

April 3, 2007

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38

Opposition re [37] MOTION to Withdraw as Attorney For Dennis Woodruff and Request for Hearing filed by John Baldwin, Leonard Bell, Wayne Henderson, Johannes Kaindoh. (Bennett, Todd)

April 11, 2007

April 11, 2007

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39

Joint MOTION for Extension of Time to May 30, 2007 to Complete Discovery by Washington Group International, Inc..(Paterniti, Stephen)

April 13, 2007

April 13, 2007

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40

NOTICE of Withdrawal of Appearance by Michael R. Bernardo (Bernardo, Michael)

April 26, 2007

April 26, 2007

RECAP
41

Judge George A. O'Toole Jr.: ORDER entered. REFERRING CASE to Magistrate Judge Marianne B. Bowler Referred for: Settlement Conference(Lyness, Paul)

Aug. 2, 2007

Aug. 2, 2007

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42

Assented to MOTION to Continue Settlement Conference to a date from and including September 19, 2007 through October 5, 2007, but not including September 21, 25, 27, 28 and October 1, 2, and 3 by Equal Employment Opportunity Commision.(Penzel, Markus)

Aug. 2, 2007

Aug. 2, 2007

RECAP
43

NOTICE of Appearance by Jennifer A. Serafyn on behalf of Dennis Woodruff (Serafyn, Jennifer)

Aug. 22, 2007

Aug. 22, 2007

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44

NOTICE of Appearance by Lisa J. Damon on behalf of Dennis Woodruff (Damon, Lisa)

Aug. 22, 2007

Aug. 22, 2007

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45

NOTICE of ADR Conference. The settlement conference previously set 10/4/2007 is rescheduled to 10/17/2007 at 10:00 AM in Courtroom 25 before Magistrate Judge Marianne B. Bowler. All PARTIES and trial counsel are REQUIRED to attend and must have full binding settlement authority. Leave of court is REQUIRED for any exceptions. All confidential briefs are to be submitted to the court VIA FACSIMILE at (617) 204-5833 at least TWO BUSINESS DAYS prior to the hearing. (Duffy, Marc) Additional attachment(s) added on 9/24/2007 (Duffy, Marc).

Sept. 24, 2007

Sept. 24, 2007

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46

Assented to MOTION to Continue Settlement Conference to Week of December 17-20, 2007 (Partially Assented-To) by Washington Group International, Inc..(Paterniti, Stephen)

Oct. 4, 2007

Oct. 4, 2007

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47

Assented to MOTION to Continue Settlement Confrence to December 18, 2007 by Equal Employment Opportunity Commision, Godwin Enagbarre, Joe L. Willis, Washington Group International, Inc., John Baldwin, Leonard Bell, Wayne Henderson, Johannes Kaindoh, Ron Bennett, Michael Fogarty, Dennis Woodruff.(Paterniti, Stephen)

Nov. 27, 2007

Nov. 27, 2007

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48

Partially Assented to MOTION to Continue Settlement Conference from 12/17/07 to 01/29/08 by Washington Group International, Inc..(Paterniti, Stephen) Modified on 12/18/2007 (Edge, Eugenia).

Dec. 10, 2007

Dec. 10, 2007

RECAP
49

NOTICE of Appearance by Erin S. Martino on behalf of Michael Fogarty, Dennis Woodruff (Martino, Erin)

Dec. 12, 2007

Dec. 12, 2007

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50

NOTICE of Withdrawal of Appearance by Jennifer A. Serafyn (Serafyn, Jennifer)

Dec. 12, 2007

Dec. 12, 2007

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51

REPORT of Alternative Dispute Resolution Provider. The case is settled. (Duffy, Marc) (Duffy, Marc).

Jan. 29, 2008

Jan. 29, 2008

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52

CONSENT by all parties to Jurisdiction by US Magistrate Judge. (Duffy, Marc)

Jan. 30, 2008

Jan. 30, 2008

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53

SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT /CONSENT DECREE by Equal Employment Opportunity Commision. (Palacios, Rosa)

March 7, 2008

March 7, 2008

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54

SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT, Consent Decree entered by the court. (Duffy, Marc)

March 17, 2008

March 17, 2008

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55

MOTION to Amend [54] Settlement Agreement to Substitute/Amend Exhibit B by Equal Employment Opportunity Commision. (Attachments: # (1) Exhibit Substituted/Amended)(Palacios, Rosa)

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April 2, 2008

April 2, 2008

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Case Details

State / Territory: Massachusetts

Case Type(s):

Equal Employment

Special Collection(s):

EEOC Study — in sample

IWPR/Wage Project Consent Decree Study

Multi-LexSum (in sample)

Key Dates

Filing Date: Sept. 30, 2004

Closing Date: March 7, 2010

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

Dennis Woodruff (individual) (Everett, Massachusetts), Private Entity/Person

Michael Fogarty (individual) (Everett, Massachusetts), Private Entity/Person

Washington Group International, Inc. (Everett, Massachusetts), Private Entity/Person

Case Details

Causes of Action:

State law

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

State Anti-Discrimination Law

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

Form of Settlement:

Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree

Amount Defendant Pays: $1,500,000

Order Duration: 2008 - 2010

Content of Injunction:

Monitoring

Discrimination Prohibition

Retaliation Prohibition

Other requirements regarding hiring, promotion, retention

Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law

Provide antidiscrimination training

Implement complaint/dispute resolution process

Reporting

Issues

General:

Disparate Treatment

Retaliation

Discrimination-area:

Discharge / Constructive Discharge / Layoff

Harassment / Hostile Work Environment

Discrimination-basis:

Race discrimination

Race:

Black

EEOC-centric:

Direct Suit on Merits

Private Party intervened in EEOC suit