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Case Name EEOC v. Key Energy Services, Inc. EE-TX-0195
Docket / Court C-03-331 ( S.D. Tex. )
State/Territory Texas
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
In September 2003, the EEOC district office of San Antonio, Texas brought this suit against Key Energy Services, Inc., the parent company of Brooks Well Servicing, Inc., in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas. The complaint alleged violations of Title VII of the Civil Rights ... read more >
In September 2003, the EEOC district office of San Antonio, Texas brought this suit against Key Energy Services, Inc., the parent company of Brooks Well Servicing, Inc., in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas. The complaint alleged violations of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, in that a female employee was sexually harassed by a male manager and male coworkers when they made obscene comments, sexual innuendos, and requested to have sex with her. The charging party then intervened as a plaintiff. After some initial discovery, the EEOC moved for partial summary judgment in May 2004. The parties settled in less than a month and in June 2004 a consent decree was issued.

The parties agreed that the injunctive terms of the agreement would extend for three years and that there shall be 10 days notice to defendant if there is a belief that it is violating the agreement and a subsequent face-to-face conference to resolve any issues. The defendant was enjoined from discriminating on the basis of sex, was not to retaliate against any employee who complains of such discrimination, and had to distribute a copy of its nondiscrimination policy to all current employees. The female employee received $30,001.40 and her attorney received $27,498.60. All employees, supervisors and managers were to receive no less than four hours of training on the employment provisions of Title VII. This training was to be repeated every year within 30 days of the anniversary of the decree. Further, an EEOC prepared notice was to be conspicuously displayed in the defendant's Texas facility for the duration of the agreement.

Jason Chester - 06/01/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Content of Injunction
Discrimination Prohibition
Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law
Provide antidiscrimination training
Reporting
Retaliation Prohibition
Discrimination-area
Discharge / Constructive Discharge / Layoff
Harassment / Hostile Work Environment
Discrimination-basis
Sex discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
Private Party intervened in EEOC suit
General
Disparate Treatment
Retaliation
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
Defendant(s) Key Energy Services, Inc.
Key Energy Services, Inc.
Plaintiff Description Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, on behalf of one or more workers.
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 2003 - 2006
Case Closing Year 2004
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)
2:03-cv-00331 (S.D. Tex.) 06/21/2004
EE-TX-0195-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Office of General Counsel Annual Report (Fiscal Year 2002) 06/16/2003
EE-TX-0195-0001 PDF | Detail
Complaint 09/04/2003
EE-TX-0195-0002 PDF | Detail
Plaintiff Intervener Tina Roberson's Original Complaint 09/24/2003
EE-TX-0195-0004 PDF | Detail
Plaintiff's First Amended Original Complaint 02/29/2004
EE-TX-0195-0008 PDF | Detail
Plantiff's First Amended Complaint 03/23/2004
EE-TX-0195-0010 PDF | Detail
Key Energy Services, Inc.'s Answer to Plaintiff-Intervenor's First Amended Original Complaint 05/19/2004
EE-TX-0195-0013 PDF | Detail
Consent Decree 06/14/2004
EE-TX-0195-0015 PDF | Detail
Final Judgment Order Entering Consent Decree 06/14/2004 (S.D. Tex.)
EE-TX-0195-0016 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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