Joint Motion for Settlement Conference Filed
in EEOC vs. Safelite
September 10, 2012
by Casey Neeley, firstname.lastname@example.org
On September 4, both parties in the Equal Employment Opportunity
Commission (EEOC) vs. Safelite Glass Corp. case filed a joint motion
to refer the case to U.S. magistrate judge for a settlement conference.
A judge approved the order for the motion on September 5. According
to the motion, the parties believe that a pretrial conference "would
be beneficial to a possible early resolution to this matter."
"For good cause shown, the parties' joint motion [DE-87] is
allowed, and United States magistrate judge Robert B. Jones, Jr.,
hereby is appointed settlement master," states senior U.S.
District Court judge for the Eastern District of North Carolina
Eastern Division James C. Fox.
If the parties are unable to settle, a trial is set to begin December
In the suit
filed August 6, 2010, the EEOC alleges that Lee Laraviere-Steele,
who worked as a human resources assistant in the company's Enfield,
N.C., manufacturing and distribution facility, was subjected to
sexual harassment from March 2007 until March 2008 by the facility's
male human resources (HR) manager. In addition, Laraviere-Steele
and her husband, Darrell, had intervened
in the case as plaintiffs and had filed a complaint that also
listed Laraviere-Steele's former supervisor, Gregory Byrd, as a
Safelite officials objected
to the suit after filing and have worked to close the matter. Safelite
claimed that the case did not qualify under the applicable statute
of limitations and the doctrines of waiver, estoppel, unclean hands,
preemption and laches. In addition, the company claims that both
EEOC and Laraviere-Steele "failed to exhaust their administrative
Earlier this year the EEOC opposed a motion
for summary judgment filed by Safelite. The court denied that
motion, but dismissed Laraviere-Steele's "claim for wrongful
discharge against defendant Gregory K. Byrd and her claims for intentional
and negligent infliction of emotional distress against both defendants."
Safelite spokesperson Melina Metzger provided the following statement
to glassBYTEs.com/AGRR magazine: "While
we cannot generally comment on legal or HR matters, the court has
dismissed all individual claims against Byrd. We continue to vehemently
defend the remaining claims against Safelite in this suit. These
accusations are not taken lightly; we have a firm commitment to
the law and workplace ethics.
The EEOC had not responded to a request for comment at press time.
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