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Case Name United States of America v. Zuni Public School District EE-NM-0058
Docket / Court 1:02-cv-01057-MCA-KBM ( D.N.M. )
State/Territory New Mexico
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 August 23, 2002, the United States filed a lawsuit under Title VII against Zuni Public School District in the United States District Court for the District of New Mexico alleging that a female employee was discriminated against on the basis of her sex. Specifically, the United States contended ... read more >
On August 23, 2002, the United States filed a lawsuit under Title VII against Zuni Public School District in the United States District Court for the District of New Mexico alleging that a female employee was discriminated against on the basis of her sex. Specifically, the United States contended that the female employee was subject to sexual harassment. The United States sought injunctive and monetary relief.

The EEOC investigated the charge, found reasonable cause to believe that the allegations of discrimination were true, attempted unsuccessfully to achieve through conciliation a voluntary resolution of the charge and subsequently referred the matter to the Department of Justice.

On September 11, 2002, the United States and the School District entered into a consent decree. The Decree provides that the School District shall not discriminate on the basis of an employee's sex, shall revise its sexual harassment policy to provide that employees may submit complaints of sexual harassment of any kind to an administrator or supervisor or directly to the superintendent of schools, and that if an administrator or supervisor receives a complaint of sexual harassment, (s)he will promptly refer that complaint to the superintendent of schools for investigation. The Decree further requires the defendant to provide training to all of its employees regarding Title VII's prohibition against sexual harassment, and gave the United States shall right to monitor the School District's compliance. Finally, the defendant agreed to pay the individual plaintiff $75,000 as compensatory damages.

We have no further information on this case.

Dana Schwarz - 10/17/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Defendant-type
Elementary/Secondary School
Discrimination-area
Harassment / Hostile Work Environment
Discrimination-basis
Sex discrimination
General
Disparate Treatment
Plaintiff Type
U.S. Dept of Justice plaintiff
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
Defendant(s) Zuni Public School District
Plaintiff Description U.S. Department of Justice on behalf of a female employee
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 2002 - n/a
Case Closing Year 2003
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)
1:02-cv-01057 (D.N.M.) 02/28/2003
EE-NM-0058-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 08/23/2002
EE-NM-0058-0001.pdf | Detail
Consent Decree 09/11/2002
EE-NM-0058-0002.pdf | Detail
Judges Armijo, M. Christina (D.N.M.)
EE-NM-0058-0002 | EE-NM-0058-9000
Molzen, Karen Ballard (D.N.M.) [Magistrate]
EE-NM-0058-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Ashcroft, John (District of Columbia)
EE-NM-0058-0001
Boyd, Ralph F. Jr. (District of Columbia)
EE-NM-0058-0001 | EE-NM-0058-0002 | EE-NM-0058-9000
Fenton, William B. (District of Columbia)
EE-NM-0058-0001 | EE-NM-0058-9000
Iglesias, David C. (New Mexico)
EE-NM-0058-0001 | EE-NM-0058-9000
Mitchell, Jan Elizabeth (New Mexico)
EE-NM-0058-0001 | EE-NM-0058-9000
Ward, Larry G. (District of Columbia)
EE-NM-0058-0001 | EE-NM-0058-0002 | EE-NM-0058-9000
Defendant's Lawyers None on record
Other Lawyers None on record

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