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Case Name United States of America v. Webb County, Texas and Webb County Juvenile Board EE-TX-0436
Docket / Court NA ( No Court )
State/Territory Texas
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Attorney Organization U.S. Dept. of Justice Civil Rights Division
Case Summary
Prior to 1997, the EEOC received five charges against Webb County, under Title VII, 42 U.S.C. § 2000e et seq. On December 4, 1997, the EEOC found that there was reasonable cause to believe that Webb County engaged in gender discrimination, when it solicited only female applicants for the position ... read more >
Prior to 1997, the EEOC received five charges against Webb County, under Title VII, 42 U.S.C. § 2000e et seq. On December 4, 1997, the EEOC found that there was reasonable cause to believe that Webb County engaged in gender discrimination, when it solicited only female applicants for the position of child care worker. In February 1997, the case was referred to the DOJ. By letter of August 27, 1999, The DOJ alleged that Webb County's practice of filling of all child care worker position based on sex constituted discrimination against both male and female applicants, and practice or pattern of discrimination.

Although the case is no longer included in the DOJ list, it previously showed that on May 26, 2000, the United States, Webb County and Webb County Juvenile Board (WCJB) entered into a settlement agreement. Under the agreement,Webb County had to designate only one male and one female child care worker per shift at the County's Juvenile Detention Center for duties, such as strip search. All other child care positions had to be filled without regard to gender. The county had to notify all past applicants to the positions of child care workers of new policies, and invite them to reapply for future vacancies. The county also agreed to provide annual reports for 3 years, describing the hiring procedures, and the name and sex of applicants and people hired for the positions of child care workers. The county had to retain records necessary for monitoring compliance with the agreements for the duration of the agreement. The DOJ reserved a right to monitor compliance. The DOJ agreed to release all claims based on the facts of the matter.

Zhandos Kuderin - 07/10/2014


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Male
Content of Injunction
Comply with advertising/recruiting requirements
Discrimination Prohibition
Follow recruitment, hiring, or promotion protocols
Monitoring
Recordkeeping
Reporting
Utilize objective hiring/promotion criteria
Defendant-type
Corrections
Discrimination-area
Hiring
Discrimination-basis
Sex discrimination
General
Disparate Treatment
Pattern or Practice
Plaintiff Type
U.S. Dept of Justice plaintiff
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. § 2000e
Defendant(s) Webb County
Plaintiff Description United States government
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 Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Private Settlement Agreement
Order Duration 2000 - 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)
No docket sheet currently in the collection
General Documents
Settlement Agreement 04/21/2000
EE-TX-0436-0001 PDF | Detail
Judges Garza, Jesus (State Trial Court)
EE-TX-0436-0001
Martinez, Mercurio Jr. (State Trial Court)
EE-TX-0436-0001
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Fenton, William B. (District of Columbia)
EE-TX-0436-0001
Lee, Bill Lann (District of Columbia)
EE-TX-0436-0001
Leggott, Charles E. (District of Columbia)
EE-TX-0436-0001
Defendant's Lawyers None on record
Other Lawyers None on record

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