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Case Name United States of Ameica v. Weimar Independent School District EE-TX-0431
Docket / Court 4:05-cv-02160 ( 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 June 23, 2005, the United States Department of Justice (D.O.J.) filed a lawsuit under Title VII, 42 U.S.C. § 2000e. et seq., in the U.S. District Court of the Southern District of Texas against the Weimar Independent School District. The D.O.J. sought injunctive and monetary relief, alleging ... read more >
On June 23, 2005, the United States Department of Justice (D.O.J.) filed a lawsuit under Title VII, 42 U.S.C. § 2000e. et seq., in the U.S. District Court of the Southern District of Texas against the Weimar Independent School District. The D.O.J. sought injunctive and monetary relief, alleging that the defendant violated Title VII by discriminating against an applicant for employment on the basis of race.

The complaint alleged that the applicant for employment was denied the position of high school principal because of her race and that the defendant refused to take appropriate action to remedy the effects of the discriminatory treatment.

On the same day the complaint was filed, the parties jointly moved for entry of a consent decree. The District Court (Judge Lee H. Rosenthal) entered the consent decree on June 27, 2005. The consent decree provided for both specific and general relief. The specific relief awarded monetary damages to the applicant for employment and required the defendant to give fair, objective, non-retaliatory, and nondiscrimination consideration to any application that may be submitted by her in the future. The general relief provided that: (1) the defendant shall not engage in any act or practice that discriminates against an employee or application because of race in violation of Title VII; (2) the defendant shall not take race into account while making employment decisions; (3) the defendant shall not retaliate against any person for opposing discrimination, participating in any investigation, or exercising any rights protected by Title VII; (4) the defendant shall implement hiring and selection procedures that ensure neither race nor any other prohibited characteristics are used to discriminate against qualified applicants; (5) the defendant shall implement complaint and selection procedures designed to prevent or correct discrimination, including retaliation, under Title VII; (6) the defendant shall train all persons involved in the hiring and selection of faculty and administrators on the law of equal employment opportunity, including, but not limited to, discrimination based on race. The consent decree also imposed a record-keeping requirement on the defendant.

The court retained jurisdiction for the duration of the consent decree, but administratively closed the case on June 27, 2005.

Kaitlin Corkran - 03/24/2008


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Defendant-type
Elementary/Secondary School
Discrimination-area
Hiring
Discrimination-basis
Race discrimination
General
Disparate Treatment
Plaintiff Type
U.S. Dept of Justice plaintiff
Race
Race, unspecified
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. § 2000e
Defendant(s) Weimar Independent School District
Plaintiff Description United States
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 2005 - 2007
Case Closing Year 2005
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)
4:05-CV-02160 (S.D. Tex.) 06/27/2005
EE-TX-0431-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint and Demand for Jury Trial 06/23/2005 (2005 WL 1861474)
EE-TX-0431-0001 PDF | WESTLAW | Detail
Joint Unopposed Motion for Approval and Entry of Consent Decree 06/23/2005
EE-TX-0431-0003 PDF | Detail
Consent Decree 06/27/2005
EE-TX-0431-0002 PDF | Detail
Judges Rosenthal, Lee Hyman (S.D. Tex.)
EE-TX-0431-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Danis, Jodi B (District of Columbia)
EE-TX-0431-0001 | EE-TX-0431-0002 | EE-TX-0431-0003
Lopez, Louis (District of Columbia)
EE-TX-0431-0001 | EE-TX-0431-0002 | EE-TX-0431-0003 | EE-TX-0431-9000
Palmer, David J. (District of Columbia)
EE-TX-0431-0001 | EE-TX-0431-0002 | EE-TX-0431-0003
Schlozman, Bradley (District of Columbia)
EE-TX-0431-0001 | EE-TX-0431-0002
Shelby, Michael T. (Texas)
EE-TX-0431-0001
Wyatt, Keith Edward (Texas)
EE-TX-0431-0001
Defendant's Lawyers Caputo, Cobby A. (Texas)
EE-TX-0431-0002 | EE-TX-0431-0003
Other Lawyers None on record

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