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Case Name EEOC v. Vecta, a Division of Steelcase Inc. EE-TX-0400
Docket / Court 3:04-CV-1890 ( N.D. Tex. )
State/Territory Texas
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
The EEOC's Dallas district office sued Vecta, a Texas furniture manufacturer and a division of Steelcase, Inc., on August 30, 2004 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas. The EEOC's complaint alleged that Vecta violated Title VII when it discriminated based on sex (female) ... read more >
The EEOC's Dallas district office sued Vecta, a Texas furniture manufacturer and a division of Steelcase, Inc., on August 30, 2004 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas. The EEOC's complaint alleged that Vecta violated Title VII when it discriminated based on sex (female) by subjecting the intervenor employee, who intervened in September 2004, to a hostile work environment due to sexual harassment and terminated her in retaliation for her complaints about her treatment. The parties settled on January 3, 2005 and the case was dismissed on February 23, 2005. The settlement agreement stipulated that the defendant would provide one training session concerning sexual harassment to its employees, post a notice of compliance with Title VII, and pay $200,000 in damages to the intervenor.

Aaron Weismann - 05/31/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Content of Injunction
Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law
Provide antidiscrimination training
Reporting
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) Vecta
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 Voluntary Dismissal
Order Duration 2005 - 2006
Case Closing Year 2005
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)
3:04-cv-01890 (N.D. Tex.) 02/23/2005
EE-TX-0400-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 08/30/2004
EE-TX-0400-0001.pdf | Detail
Intervenor-Plaintiff Carmen Dean's Original Complaint 09/30/2004
EE-TX-0400-0002.pdf | Detail
Settlement Agreement 02/23/2005
EE-TX-0400-0003.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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