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Case Name Jordan and United States of America v. Matagorda County, Texas EE-TX-0424
Docket / Court 3:01-cv-00010 ( S.D. Tex. )
State/Territory Texas
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Attorney Organization U.S. Dept. of Justice Civil Rights Division
Case Summary
On January 9, 2001, the U.S. Department of Justice ("D.O.J.") filed a lawsuit against Matagorda County, Texas under 42 U.S.C. § 2000e, et seq. ("Title VII") in the U.S. District Court of the Southern District of Texas. The D.O.J. claimed that the defendant violated Title VII by discriminating ... read more >
On January 9, 2001, the U.S. Department of Justice ("D.O.J.") filed a lawsuit against Matagorda County, Texas under 42 U.S.C. § 2000e, et seq. ("Title VII") in the U.S. District Court of the Southern District of Texas. The D.O.J. claimed that the defendant violated Title VII by discriminating against an African American employee on the basis of race. The D.O.J. sought injunctive relief, specifically asking that the defendant be enjoined from continuing its discriminatory practices. The D.O.J. also sought compensatory damages for the employee.

The D.O.J. alleged that the defendant discriminated against an African American employee of the sheriff's department by exposing him to disparate discipline including terminating his employment. The D.O.J. further alleged that the defendant terminated the employee's employment due to his complaints to the EEOC as well as to officials in the sheriff's department about the discrimination he was suffering on the basis of his race.



On January 10, 2002, the district court (Judge Samuel B. Kent) granted defendant's motion for summary summary judgment on claims issues except the D.O.J.'s claim of retaliation against the sheriff in his official capacity.



On February 19th, 2002, the court (Judge Kent) accepted a settlement agreement in which the defendant agreed to pay the employee $7,000 to compensate for the discrimination. The defendant also agreed to refrain from taking retaliatory actions in the future if an employee complained to the EEOC or other officials about possible discrimination.



This case is closed and we have no further information.

Janani Iyengar - 11/06/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Male
Content of Injunction
Discrimination Prohibition
Neutral/Positive Reference
Retaliation Prohibition
Defendant-type
Law-enforcement
Discrimination-area
Discharge / Constructive Discharge / Layoff
Discipline
Discrimination-basis
Race discrimination
General
Disparate Treatment
Retaliation
Plaintiff Type
U.S. Dept of Justice plaintiff
Race
Black
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. § 2000e
Defendant(s) Matagorda County
Plaintiff Description U.S. Department of Justice on behalf of an African American former employee of the Matagorda County Sheriff's Department
Indexed Lawyer Organizations U.S. Dept. of Justice Civil Rights Division
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Prevailing Party Mixed
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief Damages
Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree
Order Duration not on record
Case Closing Year 2002
Case Ongoing No
Additional Resources
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Case Studies Megacases, Diversity, and the Elusive Goal of Workplace Reform
Written: Mar. 01, 2008
By: Nancy Levit (University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law)
Citation: 49 B.C. L. Rev. 367 (2008)
[ Detail ] [ External Link ]

  Second Generation Employment Discrimination: A Structural Approach
By: Susan Sturm (Columbia Law School)
Citation: 101 Colum. L. Rev. 458 (2001)
[ Detail ] [ External Link ]

Docket(s)
G-01-010 (S.D. Tex.) 02/28/2002
EE-TX-0424-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 01/12/2001
EE-TX-0424-0001 PDF | Detail
Opinion 01/11/2002 (181 F.Supp.2d 673) (S.D. Tex.)
EE-TX-0424-0007 PDF | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Google Scholar
Settlement Agreement 02/19/2002
EE-TX-0424-0002 PDF | Detail
Judges Kent, Samuel B. (S.D. Tex.)
EE-TX-0424-0002 | EE-TX-0424-0007 | EE-TX-0424-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Fenton, William B. (District of Columbia)
EE-TX-0424-0001 | EE-TX-0424-0007 | EE-TX-0424-9000
Johnson, Alicia Dyoni (District of Columbia)
EE-TX-0424-0002 | EE-TX-0424-9000
Lee, Bill Lann (District of Columbia)
EE-TX-0424-0001
Levy, Allen W. (District of Columbia)
EE-TX-0424-0001 | EE-TX-0424-0002 | EE-TX-0424-0007 | EE-TX-0424-9000
McClain, Everett J. (Texas)
EE-TX-0424-0002 | EE-TX-0424-0007 | EE-TX-0424-9000
Mills, Lionel (Texas)
EE-TX-0424-0002 | EE-TX-0424-0007 | EE-TX-0424-9000
Mosbacker, Mervyn Milton Jr. (Texas)
EE-TX-0424-0001 | EE-TX-0424-0007 | EE-TX-0424-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Helfand, William Scott (Texas)
EE-TX-0424-0002 | EE-TX-0424-0007 | EE-TX-0424-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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