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Case Name Guerra v. Celanese Corp. EE-TX-0447
Docket / Court 2:80-cv-00115 ( S.D. Tex. )
State/Territory Texas
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection Private Employment Class Actions
Case Summary
On August 23, 1980, a Mexican-American employee of Celanese Corporation filed a lawsuit under 42 U.S.C. § 2000e against Celanese Corporation and the contracting firm of Arthur Brothers, Inc. in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas. The Plaintiff, represented by ... read more >
On August 23, 1980, a Mexican-American employee of Celanese Corporation filed a lawsuit under 42 U.S.C. § 2000e against Celanese Corporation and the contracting firm of Arthur Brothers, Inc. in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas. The Plaintiff, represented by private counsel, claimed that Celanese and ABI denied him and other Mexican-American workers an equal opportunity to compete with Caucasian employees for the preferred jobs at Celanese.

On May 1, 1981, the District Court (Judge Ricardo Hinojosa) partially dismissed individual claims and completely dismissed class allegations against Celanese Corporation. The case proceeded as an individual action. (order not available)

As of September 28, 1995, the cases had settled on all issues except the issue of attorney fees. Celanese Corporation paid Guerra $12,500 to settle Guerra's claim. The Court denied Plaintiffs' motion for attorney fees and costs. (order not available)

The Court dismissed Plaintiffs' claims against Celanese Corporation on March 28, 1996. The case was dismissed with prejudice. About one year later, and pursuant to Plaintiffs' motion, the Court dismissed Plaintiffs' claims against Arthur Brothers with prejudice on March 31, 1997. The Court also refused to award attorney fees against Arthur Brothers. (order not available)

The United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit affirmed the District Court on August 14, 1997. Guerra v. Celanese Corporation, 124 F.3d 192 (5th Cir. 1997).

On January 9, 1998, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed in part, reversed in part, and remanded in part. Guerra v. Celanese Corporation, 136 F.3d 137 (5th Cir. 1997). The Court held that the District Court had erred when it declared that Plaintiff Guerra was not a prevailing party. The Court remanded the case to the District Court to determine a reasonable amount of attorney fees.

On remand, the District Court (Judge Ricardo Hinojosa) ordered Defendant to pay $5,000 in attorney fees plus related costs.

The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the District Court on August 15, 2000. Guerra v. Celanese Corporation, 232 F.3d 207 (5th Cir. 2000).

On March 31, 2001, the District Court ordered Defendant to pay $203 in costs. The Court denied Plaintiffs' request for additional costs.

The Fifth Circuit affirmed the District Court on March 19, 2002. Guerra v. Celanese Corporation, 34 Fed. Appx. 151 (5th Cir. 2002).

Haley Waller - 10/04/2010


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Discrimination-area
Promotion
Discrimination-basis
Race discrimination
General
Disparate Treatment
Pattern or Practice
National Origin/Ethnicity
Hispanic
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. § 2000e
Defendant(s) Arthur Brothers Incorporated
Celanese Corporation
Plaintiff Description Mexican American employee of Celanese Corporation
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status granted No
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer No
Nature of Relief Damages
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement None on record
Order Duration not on record
Case Closing Year 2001
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)
2:80−cv−00115 (S.D. Tex.) 08/12/2003
EE-TX-0447-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Appeal 08/14/1997 (124 F.3d 192)
EE-TX-0447-0001.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Public.Resource.Org
Appeals from the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas 01/09/1998 (136 F.3d 137)
EE-TX-0447-0009.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Westlaw
ORDER (granting attorneys' fees and costs) 03/31/1999 (S.D. Tex.)
EE-TX-0447-0002.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
BRIEF OF APPELLANTS 12/07/1999
EE-TX-0447-0005.pdf | Detail
Document Source: Westlaw
BRIEF OF APPELLEES 02/04/2000
EE-TX-0447-0006.pdf | Detail
Document Source: Westlaw
REPLY BRIEF OF APPELLANTS 03/10/2000
EE-TX-0447-0007.pdf | Detail
Document Source: Westlaw
Appeals from the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas 08/15/2000 (232 F.3d 207)
EE-TX-0447-0010.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Westlaw
ORDER (awarding costs) 03/31/2001 (S.D. Tex.)
EE-TX-0447-0003.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
BRIEF OF APPELLANTS 10/23/2001
EE-TX-0447-0004.pdf | Detail
Document Source: Westlaw
RESPONSE BRIEF OF APPELLEES 12/07/2001
EE-TX-0447-0008.pdf | Detail
Document Source: Westlaw
Appeal 03/19/2002 (34 Fed.Appx. 151)
EE-TX-0447-0011.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Westlaw
Judges DeMoss, Harold R. Jr. (Fifth Circuit)
EE-TX-0447-0009 | EE-TX-0447-9000
Hinojosa, Ricardo H. (S.D. Tex.)
EE-TX-0447-0002 | EE-TX-0447-0003 | EE-TX-0447-9000
Jones, Edith Hollan (Fifth Circuit)
EE-TX-0447-0009 | EE-TX-0447-9000
Parker, Robert Manley (E.D. Tex., Fifth Circuit)
EE-TX-0447-0009 | EE-TX-0447-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Hall, David G. (Texas)
EE-TX-0447-0004 | EE-TX-0447-9000
Horton, David (Texas)
EE-TX-0447-0004 | EE-TX-0447-0005 | EE-TX-0447-0007 | EE-TX-0447-9000
Valdivia, Enrique Porrata (Texas)
EE-TX-0447-0005 | EE-TX-0447-0007 | EE-TX-0447-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Gerard, Steve (New Jersey)
EE-TX-0447-0006 | EE-TX-0447-9000
Green, Kathryn F. (Texas)
EE-TX-0447-0006 | EE-TX-0447-0008 | EE-TX-0447-9000
Sexton, Paul Jr. (Texas)
EE-TX-0447-0006 | EE-TX-0447-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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