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Case Name United States v. Spring Ind. School District EE-TX-0438
Docket / Court 4:96-cv-01499 ( 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 May 9, 1996, the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) filed a lawsuit under Title VII, 42 U.S.C. Section 2000e et seq., in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas against the Spring Independent School District. The DOJ sought injunctive and compensatory relief alleging ... read more >
On May 9, 1996, the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) filed a lawsuit under Title VII, 42 U.S.C. Section 2000e et seq., in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas against the Spring Independent School District. The DOJ sought injunctive and compensatory relief alleging that the defendant discriminated against a grounds crew worker in the school district's maintenance department because of his race.

On the same day, the court entered a consent decree. The general provisions of the consent decree provided: (1) the defendant shall not engage in any act or practice that has the purpose or effect of unlawfully discriminating against any employee in any term or condition of employee because of such person's race, and (2) the defendant agrees not to retaliate against any person because that person has opposed allegedly discriminatory policies or practice, filed a charge of discrimination, or participated in this case. The defendant was required to institute and carried out policies and practices with the purpose of guaranteeing a work environment free from discrimination on the basis of race in its maintenance department. The defendant also agreed to provide training to maintenance department employees on racial discrimination, including harassment, and how to avoid racial discrimination and harassment. The individual employee against whom the defendant discriminated was awarded monetary damages. The decree further provided that the court retain jurisdiction for its duration.

This case was closed on May 9, 1996.

Kaitlin Corkran - 04/05/2008


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Defendant-type
Elementary/Secondary School
Discrimination-area
Harassment / Hostile Work Environment
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. ยง 2000e
Defendant(s) Spring 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 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 1996 - 2001
Case Closing Year 1996
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)
4:96-cv-01499 (S.D. Tex.) 05/09/1996
EE-TX-0438-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Consent Decree 05/13/1996
EE-TX-0438-0001 PDF | Detail
Judges Rosenthal, Lee Hyman (S.D. Tex.)
EE-TX-0438-0001 | EE-TX-0438-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Fenton, William B. (District of Columbia)
EE-TX-0438-0001 | EE-TX-0438-9000
Jones, Gaynelle Griffin (Texas)
EE-TX-0438-0001
Leggott, Charles E. (District of Columbia)
EE-TX-0438-0001
Defendant's Lawyers Schneider-Vogel , Merri (Texas)
EE-TX-0438-0001 | EE-TX-0438-9000
Other Lawyers Larry, Julius J. III (Texas)
EE-TX-0438-0001

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