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Case Name United States of America v. City of Sulphur, Oklahoma EE-OK-0047
Docket / Court 6:01-cv-00034 ( E.D. Okla. )
State/Territory Oklahoma
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 18, 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 Sulphur in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma alleging that the City discriminated against a Mexican-American employee on the ... read more >
On January 18, 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 Sulphur in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma alleging that the City discriminated against a Mexican-American employee on the basis of his national origin. The D.O.J. sought injunctive and monetary relief.

The D.O.J. alleged that the defendant, specifically the Sanitation Department failed or refused to promote the Mexican-American employee. The D.O.J. also alleged that the defendant failed or refused to take action to remedy the effects of the discrimination.

On February 23, 2001, the district court (Judge Frank Seay) entered a consent decree in which the defendant agreed to implement a nondiscriminatory policy and train its supervisory employees on Title IV. The decree also included a general prohibition on retaliation. The consent decree further provided defendant would pay the employee $45,000 in damages including back pay. The City agreed to keep records pertinent to the implementation of the decree. The United States had a right to inspect the records and to monitor compliance. The decree was supposed to terminate within five years of its entry, unless any party moved to extend its duration.

There is no further information on the case. The case is closed.

Janani Iyengar - 11/21/2007
Zhandos Kuderin - 07/17/2014


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Content of Injunction
Discrimination Prohibition
Monitoring
Provide antidiscrimination training
Recordkeeping
Reporting
Retaliation Prohibition
Defendant-type
Sanitation/Public Works
Discrimination-area
Promotion
Discrimination-basis
National origin discrimination
General
Pattern or Practice
National Origin/Ethnicity
Hispanic
Plaintiff Type
U.S. Dept of Justice plaintiff
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
Defendant(s) City of Sulphur
Plaintiff Description U.S. Department of Justice on behalf of a Mexican-American employee
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 - 2006
Case Closing Year 2006
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)
6:01-cv-00034 (E.D. Okla.) 03/02/2001
EE-OK-0047-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint and Demand for Jury Trial 01/18/2001
EE-OK-0047-0001.pdf | Detail
Consent Decree 02/23/2001
EE-OK-0047-0002.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Seay, Frank Howell (E.D. Okla.)
EE-OK-0047-0002 | EE-OK-0047-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Fenton, William B. (District of Columbia)
EE-OK-0047-0001 | EE-OK-0047-0002 | EE-OK-0047-9000
Lee, Bill Lann (California)
EE-OK-0047-9000
Levy, Allen W. (District of Columbia)
EE-OK-0047-0001 | EE-OK-0047-0002 | EE-OK-0047-9000
Sperling, Sheldon J. (Oklahoma)
EE-OK-0047-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Hurst, Phil (Oklahoma)
EE-OK-0047-0002
Other Lawyers None on record

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