Friday, February 19, 2010
EEOC hit with $4.5 million in attorney fees after dismissal of sexual harassment suit against trucking company
By: Tommy Eden, Attorney
A federal judge in Cedar Rapids Iowa ordered the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) to pay $4.56 million in attorneys' fees and expenses to CRST Van Expedited Inc. trucking company after the judge dismissed the EEOC's sexual harassment lawsuit. EEOC v. CRST Van Expedited, Inc. (N.D. Iowa). The EEOC claimed in its Complaint that CRST's lead drivers or team drivers had subjected 270 female drivers to sexual harassment and created a sexually hostile work environment. In her 67 page Order of April 3, 2009 she blistered the EEOC with criticism in granted summary judgment on the claim that CRST tolerated a "pattern and practice" of sexual harassment against female drivers, dismissing all such claims. On February 9, 2010 she again picked up her poison pin in a 39 page Order to award $4.56 million to the defendant in accordance with the Court’s authority to award attorney fees, expenses and tax cost under 28 U.S.C. Sec. 1920 to the prevailing party. The Case shows well over 320 Court filings. Expect the EEOC to appeal.
Common Sense Counsel: justice is alive and well in one Iowa federal court. In the words of Winton Churchill, “never, never, never give up” when you know you are right.
Tommy Eden is a Lee County native, an attorney with the local office of Constangy, Brooks & Smith, LLP and a member of the ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law and serves on the Board of Directors for the East Alabama SHRM Chapter. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or 334-246-2901. Blog at www.alabamaatwork.com