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Case Name United States v. City of Forney EE-TX-0437
Docket / Court 3:96-cv-03146 ( N.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 November 2, 2006, the United States Department of Justice ("D.O.J.") filed a lawsuit against the City of Forney, Texas in the Northern District of Texas to enforce Title VII, 42 U.S.C. §2000e et seq.. The DOJ sought injunctive and compensatory relief, alleging that the defendant violated Title ... read more >
On November 2, 2006, the United States Department of Justice ("D.O.J.") filed a lawsuit against the City of Forney, Texas in the Northern District of Texas to enforce Title VII, 42 U.S.C. §2000e et seq.. The DOJ sought injunctive and compensatory relief, alleging that the defendant violated Title VII by discriminating against an individual employee on the basis of his race, black.

The complaint alleges that the City of Forney failed or refused to employ the named individual employee as a Public Works Maintenance Worker I for the City's Department of Public Works despite the employee meeting the minimum qualifications needed for the job. The defendant also failed or refused to take appropriate action to remedy the effects of the discriminatory treatment.



On March 24, 1997, the District Court (Judge Allen Joe Fish) entered a consent decree, prohibiting the defendant from discriminating against any employee or applicant for employment because of such individual's race. The decree also prohibited the defendant from retaliating against any employee for opposing discrimination, filing a claim with the EEOC, or cooperating with EEOC investigations. The consent decree also awarded the individual employee compensatory damages.

James Floyd - 11/01/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Defendant-type
Sanitation/Public Works
Discrimination-area
Hiring
Discrimination-basis
Race discrimination
General
Disparate Treatment
Plaintiff Type
U.S. Dept of Justice plaintiff
Race
Black
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. § 2000e
Defendant(s) City of Forney, Texas
Plaintiff Description United States on behalf of a black prospective Public Works Maintenance Worker
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 not on record
Case Closing Year 1997
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)
3:96-cv-03146 (N.D. Tex.) 03/24/1997
EE-TX-0437-9000.pdf | Detail
General Documents
Consent Decree 03/24/1997
EE-TX-0437-0001.pdf | Detail
Judges Fish, Allen Joe (N.D. Tex.)
EE-TX-0437-0001 | EE-TX-0437-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Fenton, William B. (District of Columbia)
EE-TX-0437-0001
Kirkpatrick, Michael T (District of Columbia)
EE-TX-0437-0001 | EE-TX-0437-9000
Laurence, James P (Texas)
EE-TX-0437-0001 | EE-TX-0437-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Lanier, Marigny A (Texas)
EE-TX-0437-0001 | EE-TX-0437-9000
Other Lawyers Coggins, Paul Edward (Texas)
EE-TX-0437-0001

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