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Case Name United States of America v. City of Bastrop, Louisiana EE-LA-0096
Docket / Court 3:01-cv-00116-RGJ-JDK ( W.D. La. )
State/Territory Louisiana
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection IWPR/Wage Project Consent Decree Study
Attorney Organization U.S. Dept. of Justice Civil Rights Division
Case Summary
On January 19, 2001 the U.S. Department of Justice ("D.O.J.") filed a lawsuit under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 against the City of Bastrop in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana. The D.O.J., alleging that the defendant discriminated against a white employee ... read more >
On January 19, 2001 the U.S. Department of Justice ("D.O.J.") filed a lawsuit under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 against the City of Bastrop in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana. The D.O.J., alleging that the defendant discriminated against a white employee on the basis of her race and sexually harassed her creating a hostile work environment, sought injunctive and monetary relief.

On October 1, 2001, the district court (Judge Robert G. James) accepted a consent decree, which provided that the defendant would pay the female employee $100,000 in damages and would enjoin their employees from engaging in actions that are racially discriminatory. The consent decree further provided that the defendant would implement a training program to educate all city employees about harassment.

The case is closed and we have no further information.

Janani Iyengar - 11/21/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Defendant-type
Sanitation/Public Works
Discrimination-area
Harassment / Hostile Work Environment
Discrimination-basis
Race discrimination
Sex discrimination
General
Pattern or Practice
Retaliation
Plaintiff Type
U.S. Dept of Justice plaintiff
Race
White
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
Defendant(s) City Streets Department
Plaintiff Description United States on behalf of Kimberly Mullins, an employee of the City Streets Department
Indexed Lawyer Organizations U.S. Dept. of Justice Civil Rights Division
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
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 2001 - n/a
Case Closing Year 2001
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)
01-CV-0116 (W.D. La.) 03/31/2006
EE-LA-0096-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint and Demand for Jury Trial 01/19/2001
EE-LA-0096-0001.pdf | Detail
Answer 02/16/2001
EE-LA-0096-0003.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Consent Decree 10/01/2001
EE-LA-0096-0002.pdf | Detail
Finding of Civil Contempt 01/17/2006 (W.D. La.)
EE-LA-0096-0004.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Compliance Report 03/17/2006
EE-LA-0096-0005.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges James, Robert Gillespie (W.D. La.)
EE-LA-0096-0002 | EE-LA-0096-0004 | EE-LA-0096-9000
Kirk, James D. (W.D. La.) [Magistrate]
EE-LA-0096-0002 | EE-LA-0096-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Broadwell, John A. (Louisiana)
EE-LA-0096-0001 | EE-LA-0096-0002
Danis, Jodi B (District of Columbia)
EE-LA-0096-0001 | EE-LA-0096-0002 | EE-LA-0096-0005 | EE-LA-0096-9000
Fenton, William B. (District of Columbia)
EE-LA-0096-0001 | EE-LA-0096-0002 | EE-LA-0096-9000
Flanagan, William J. (Louisiana)
EE-LA-0096-0001 | EE-LA-0096-0002
Lee, Bill Lann (District of Columbia)
EE-LA-0096-0001 | EE-LA-0096-0002 | EE-LA-0096-9000
Palmer, David J. (District of Columbia)
EE-LA-0096-0005 | EE-LA-0096-9000
Ruiz, Hector F. (District of Columbia)
EE-LA-0096-0002 | EE-LA-0096-0005 | EE-LA-0096-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Lawrence, Leo Douglas (Louisiana)
EE-LA-0096-0002 | EE-LA-0096-0003 | EE-LA-0096-9000
Roberts, C. Joseph III (Louisiana)
EE-LA-0096-0002 | EE-LA-0096-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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