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Case Name EEOC v. GROOM & SON HARDWARE EE-TX-0150
Docket / Court 3:02-CV-2076-D ( N.D. Tex. )
State/Territory Texas
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
The Dallas District Office of the EEOC brought this suit against Groom & Sons Hardware & Lumber, Inc., in September of 2002, in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas. The EEOC alleged that Groom & Sons discriminated against a female employee, in violation of Title VII, when ... read more >
The Dallas District Office of the EEOC brought this suit against Groom & Sons Hardware & Lumber, Inc., in September of 2002, in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas. The EEOC alleged that Groom & Sons discriminated against a female employee, in violation of Title VII, when they discharged her due to her pregnancy. The case was ultimately settled and a consent decree was entered into on February 2nd, 2004.

In the consent decree Groom & Sons agreed to pay $15,000 to the complainant as well as comply with certain injunctive relief. This injunctive relief consisted of reinstatement for the complainant, a neutral reference if she decides not to stay employed there, a prohibition from future discrimination on sex or pregnancy, EEO training, and posting of rights to all employees. The decree is in effect for two years and the plaintiffs can seek court enforcement of its provisions if there is non-compliance.

Alex Bean - 06/08/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Content of Injunction
Discrimination Prohibition
Expungement of Employment Record
Implement complaint/dispute resolution process
Neutral/Positive Reference
Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law
Provide antidiscrimination training
Recordkeeping
Reinstatement
Reporting
Retaliation Prohibition
Utilize objective hiring/promotion criteria
Discrimination-area
Discharge / Constructive Discharge / Layoff
Discrimination-basis
Pregnancy discrimination
Sex discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
General
Disparate Treatment
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
Defendant(s) Groom & Sons Hardware & Lumber, 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 2004 - 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)
3:02-cv-02076 (N.D. Tex.) 02/02/2004
EE-TX-0150-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 09/25/2002
EE-TX-0150-0001 PDF | Detail
Consent Decree 02/02/2004
EE-TX-0150-0002 PDF | Detail
Judges Ramirez, Irma C. (N.D. Tex.) [Magistrate]
EE-TX-0150-9000
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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