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Milestones: 2001

Notable Court Decisions

  • In EEOC v. Outback Steakhouse, Inc., No. 8:99-cv-2218-T-26MSS, (M.D. Fla. Sept. 18, 2001), a jury awarded $2.2 million to a former female employee who was paid considerably less than a male employee who performed the same job duties, and was retaliated against after complaining of sex discrimination, in violation of Title VII and the Equal Pay Act.  The verdict was subsequently reduced to comply with the statutory cap. 

Notable EEOC Settlements

  • EEOC v. Cincinnati Bell Telephone Co. (S.D. Ohio Jan. 9, 2001), a Title VII and Pregnancy Discrimination Act lawsuit against the telephone company, settled for approximately $10 million in monetary relief and service credit for female employees who were not credited for pregnancy leave when the employer instituted early retirement incentive plans.
  • 13 ADA lawsuits against Wal-Mart Stores settled for a total of $6.8 million (EEOC v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., (E.D. Cal. Dec. 17, 2001)). Wal-Mart paid $3.8 million dollars to 21 individuals in the 13 pending ADA lawsuits and an additional $3 million to compensate people who had been denied employment at one of Wal-Mart's 52 distribution centers and who were negatively impacted by the company's pre-employment disability-related inquiries.

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