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Case Name Griffin v. Formosa Plastics EE-TX-0459
Docket / Court 6:03-cv-00077 ( S.D. Tex. )
State/Territory Texas
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection IWPR/Wage Project Consent Decree Study
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
The San Antonio office of the EEOC brought this suit against U.S. Contractors, Inc. in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas in July 2003. The complaint alleged discrimination against female employees in violation of Title VII. More specifically, the complaint alleged that ... read more >
The San Antonio office of the EEOC brought this suit against U.S. Contractors, Inc. in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas in July 2003. The complaint alleged discrimination against female employees in violation of Title VII. More specifically, the complaint alleged that female employees were subjected to sexual harassment from male employees, were disparately discharged, and were subjected to retaliatory demotion.

On August 18, 2003, a motion to consolidate the case V-03-81 (Clearinghouse: EE-TX-0391) with this case was granted by Judge John D. Rainey. Griffin v. Formosa plastics was designated the lead case.

On December 22, 2004 the court (Judge Rainey) approved a consent decree in favor of the plaintiffs. The six female employees were awarded a total of $530,000. The three year decree also called for injunctive relief in the form of anti-discrimination and retaliation policies, a modified sexual harassment policy, an employee training program and the required posting of applicable laws/policies related to sexual harassment.

David Miller - 05/26/2010


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Content of Injunction
Discrimination Prohibition
Monitoring
Other requirements regarding hiring, promotion, retention
Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law
Retaliation Prohibition
Discrimination-area
Harassment / Hostile Work Environment
Other Conditions of Employment (including assignment, transfer, hours, working conditions, etc)
Discrimination-basis
Sex discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
General
Disparate Treatment
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
Defendant(s) Formosa Plastics Texas
US Contractors Ltd.
Plaintiff Description Several female employees who were adversely affected by practices of discrimination based on gender.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations EEOC
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 2004 - 2007
Case Closing Year 2004
Case Ongoing No
Case Listing EE-TX-0391 : EEOC v. US CONTRACTORS INC (S.D. Tex.)
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)
6:03-cv-00077 (S.D. Tex.) 07/20/2005
EE-TX-0459-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Second Complaint 01/21/2004
EE-TX-0459-0005.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Third Amended Complaint 05/04/2004
EE-TX-0459-0002.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Fourth Amended Complaint 07/07/2004
EE-TX-0459-0001.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Consent Decree 12/27/2004 (S.D. Tex.)
EE-TX-0459-0003.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Student Memo on Consolidation 06/02/2008
EE-TX-0459-0006.pdf | Detail
Judges None on record
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers None on record
Defendant's Lawyers None on record
Other Lawyers None on record

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