Consent Decrees


What is a Consent Decree?


Sorting out an employment dispute involving sex discrimination can be a tricky long-term project. A consent decree is a negotiated agreement approved by a judge, which has all of the power of a court decision in your favor. You, your employer, other involved parties and everyone's attorneys work together to draft a settlement everyone can live with. While a private settlement may only affect the parties involved, a consent decree can improve the work environment for everyone and may provide compensation to anyone who has suffered similar discrimination.


What alternatives are there to a Consent Decree?


What can a Consent Decree do for me?


Who can be a party to a Consent Decree?


What is your role as Plaintiff in a Consent Decree?


What is the role of the EEOC and who else can be a Plaintiff in a Consent Decree?


What role does my employer play in a Consent Decree?


What does the judge do?


Who determines whether my Employer is following the provisions of the Consent Decree?


I might be interested in a consent decree, what should I do?


How is a consent decree written?


After my employer and I agree upon a proposed consent decree what will happen?


What if I ultimately decide that I don't want to be part of a consent decree?


What provisions are common to most consent decrees?


What are the advantages of entering into a consent decree?


What are the potential disadvantages of entering into a consent decree?

Download The WAGE Project's Content Analysis of Consent Decrees