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Case Name United States of America v. City of Willis, Texas EE-TX-0427
Docket / Court 4:98-cv-00280 ( S.D. Tex. )
State/Territory Texas
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 30, 1998, the U.S. Department of Justice filed a lawsuit against the City of Willis Texas Police Department under 42 U.S.C. § 2000e, et seq. ("Title VII") in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas. The Department of Justice asked the court for injunctive and ... read more >
On January 30, 1998, the U.S. Department of Justice filed a lawsuit against the City of Willis Texas Police Department under 42 U.S.C. § 2000e, et seq. ("Title VII") in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas. The Department of Justice asked the court for injunctive and monetary relief, alleging that the defendant had violated Title VII, by subjecting one African-American employee to racial harassment and another employee to retaliation for aiding in the EEOC complaint.

On March 2, 1999, the District Court (Judge Melinda Harmon) entered a Consent Decree agreed upon by both parties. The City of Willis, Texas agreed to institute measures against future racial discrimination and retaliatory actions. Both employees were paid damages for back pay and personal injury. All records of the EEOC complaint were expunged from both employees' city and personnel files.

An Order of Dismissal on July 11, 2000, which terminated the court's jurisdiction over the Consent Decree.

We have no further information on this case.

Jane Wu - 11/05/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Defendant-type
Law-enforcement
Discrimination-area
Harassment / Hostile Work Environment
Discrimination-basis
Race discrimination
General
Disparate Treatment
Retaliation
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
U.S. Dept of Justice plaintiff
Race
Black
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. § 2000e
Defendant(s) City of Willis, Texas
Plaintiff Description U.S. Department of Justice on behalf of an African 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 1999 - n/a
Case Closing Year 2000
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)
4:98-cv-00280 (S.D. Tex.) 07/11/2000
EE-TX-0427-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 01/30/1998
EE-TX-0427-0001 PDF | Detail
Consent Decree in Settlement of Claims 03/03/1999
EE-TX-0427-0002 PDF | Detail
Judges Harmon, Melinda (S.D. Tex.)
EE-TX-0427-0002 | EE-TX-0427-9000
Stacy, Frances H. (S.D. Tex.) [Magistrate]
EE-TX-0427-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers DeAtley, James H (Texas)
EE-TX-0427-9000
Fenton, William B. (District of Columbia)
EE-TX-0427-0001
Field, J. Richie (Texas)
EE-TX-0427-0001
Jenkins, Hays Jr. (Texas)
EE-TX-0427-0001 | EE-TX-0427-9000
Lee, Bill Lann (District of Columbia)
EE-TX-0427-0001 | EE-TX-0427-0002
Meacham, Barbara J. (District of Columbia)
EE-TX-0427-0001 | EE-TX-0427-0002 | EE-TX-0427-9000
Zubrensky, Michael A (District of Columbia)
EE-TX-0427-0002 | EE-TX-0427-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Johnson, Barbara L (District of Columbia)
EE-TX-0427-0001 | EE-TX-0427-0002 | EE-TX-0427-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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