Miss. (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
(EEOC) announced March 2 that Baby O’s Restaurant, doing business as Danny’s
Downtown, has agreed to settle a contempt action. The Jackson-based provider of
adult entertainment services had been charged with breaching the terms of an
EEOC agreement that resolves racial discrimination allegations.
should be advised that the EEOC expects them to take our consent decrees
seriously," said Delner Franklin-Thomas, district director for the EEOC's
Birmingham District Office. "They are not just settlement documents, they
are court orders, and it is unacceptable for employers to ignore such orders
designed to remedy and prevent discrimination."
The EEOC initially had charged the defendants with subjecting four African-American female
employees to race discrimination and retaliation. The defendants settled the
allegations and paid a penalty. However, the consent decree settling the case involved
Danny’s Downtown needed to revise its anti-discrimination
policy and provide Title VII training to employees, among other provisions.
According to the EEOC, the defendants failed in the obligation to comply with these
provisions. The new consent decree extends the injunction relief for a year.
by consent decree is an effective way to preserve commission resources,” said Marsha
L. Rucker, regional attorney in the EEOC's Birmingham District Office.
eliminates the need to engage in protracted litigation, while at the same time
it provides an enforceable mechanism to obtain relief which remedies the allegations
in the underlying complaint. However, as this action demonstrates, in those
instances where a defendant violates a consent decree, the EEOC must and will
pursue further court action to ensure compliance after informal methods of
resolution have proven futile."