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Adams v. Proctor & Gamble Manufacturing Co.

697 F.2d 582 (1983)

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Adams v. Proctor & Gamble Manufacturing Co.

United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

697 F.2d 582 (1983)

Facts

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) brought a civil action against Proctor & Gamble Manufacturing Company (Proctor & Gamble) (defendant), alleging that Proctor & Gamble violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII). Sixteen Proctor & Gamble employees (the employees) (plaintiffs) had filed complaints with the EEOC, but none of them chose to intervene in the EEOC’s action. After negotiating, the EEOC and Proctor & Gamble settled the action by entering into a consent decree. However, the employees were not satisfied with the terms of the consent decree. Hence, the employees filed individual suits against Proctor & Gamble in federal court. The district court dismissed the suits. The employees appealed.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Per curiam)

Dissent (Phillips, J.)

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