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Case Name EEOC v. COMPUSA INC EE-TX-0084
Docket / Court 4:99-cv-03171 ( 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 Houston district office sued CompUSA, Inc., a national computer retailer, on September 24, 1999 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas. The EEOC's complaint is unavailable, but the consent decree, entered on April 18, 2000, alleges that the defendant violated ... read more >
The EEOC's Houston district office sued CompUSA, Inc., a national computer retailer, on September 24, 1999 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas. The EEOC's complaint is unavailable, but the consent decree, entered on April 18, 2000, alleges that the defendant violated Title VII when it discriminated based on sex (female) by creating a hostile work environment which led to the aggrieved employee's constructive discharge. The consent decree stipulates that the defendant will pay the aggrieved employee $39,500 in damages, post a notice of compliance with Title VII, implement Title VII training for its managers in two of its Texas stores, implement stringent punishment for failure to maintain records of discrimination investigations, send a letter of apology to the aggrieved employee, expunge her employment record of this incident, provide a neutral reference letter, and not rehire the offending employee at any of its stores.

Aaron Weismann - 06/14/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Content of Injunction
Apology
Discrimination Prohibition
Expungement of Employment Record
Neutral/Positive Reference
Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law
Provide antidiscrimination training
Recordkeeping
Retaliation Prohibition
Discrimination-area
Discharge / Constructive Discharge / Layoff
Harassment / Hostile Work Environment
Discrimination-basis
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) CompUSA, 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 2000 - 2002
Case Closing Year 2000
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)
4:99-cv-03171 (S.D. Tex.) 04/18/2000
EE-TX-0084-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Consent Decree 04/19/2000
EE-TX-0084-0001.pdf | Detail
Judges Stacy, Frances H. (S.D. Tex.) [Magistrate]
EE-TX-0084-9000
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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