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Case Name EEOC v. GODWINS SUPERMARKET EE-TX-0144
Docket / Court 4:03-CV-03386 ( S.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 Godwin's Supermarket, a Texas supermarket, on August 22, 2003 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas. The EEOC's complaint is unavailable for this case, however the consent decree, filed on May 11, 2004, summarizes the EEOC's causes of ... read more >
The EEOC's Dallas district office sued Godwin's Supermarket, a Texas supermarket, on August 22, 2003 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas. The EEOC's complaint is unavailable for this case, however the consent decree, filed on May 11, 2004, summarizes the EEOC's causes of action. The EEOC alleged that Godwin's violated Title VII when it discriminated based on sex (female) when it terminated an employee because of her pregnancy. The consent decree stipulated that the defendant would pay $25,000 in damages to the aggrieved employee; revise, distribute and post its EEO policy; implement harsher punishments for discrimination; revise their managerial rating system; provide two hours of annual Title VII training; and report complaints of discrimination annually to the EEOC.

Aaron Weismann - 06/12/2007


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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
Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law
Provide antidiscrimination training
Recordkeeping
Reporting
Retaliation Prohibition
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) Goodwin's Supermarket
Goodwin's Supermarket
Windog Enterprises, 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)
4:03-cv-03386 (S.D. Tex.) 05/11/2004
EE-TX-0144-9000 PDF | Detail
General Documents
Memorandum and Order [Regarding Discovery Motions, Summary Judgment, and Motions to Dismiss] 09/30/2003 (S.D. Tex.)
EE-TX-0144-0001 PDF | Detail
Consent Decree 05/12/2004
EE-TX-0144-0002 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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