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Case Name EEOC v. FRONTIER MATERIALS CONCRETE EE-TX-0133
Docket / Court 4:03-cv-00856 ( S.D. Tex. )
State/Territory Texas
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
IWPR/Wage Project Consent Decree Study
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
In March 2003, the Houston District Office of the EEOC brought this suit against Frontier Materials Company, Inc. in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas. We do not have a copy of the complaint. However, it appears from the consent decree that the complaint alleged that the ... read more >
In March 2003, the Houston District Office of the EEOC brought this suit against Frontier Materials Company, Inc. in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas. We do not have a copy of the complaint. However, it appears from the consent decree that the complaint alleged that the defendant violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 by failing to promote and appropriately compensate the charging party, an African-American employee, because of his race. After some discovery, the defendant filed a motion for partial summary judgment in December 2003 which was denied in January 2004. Thereafter, the EEOC filed a motion for partial summary judgment in February. However, the EEOC's motion was never resolved because the parties settled through a consent decree in early March 2004.

The three-year decree, containing non-discrimination and non-retaliation clauses, required the defendant to: post a non-discrimination notice, provide EEO training for its managers in the Houston area, report to the EEOC at specified intervals, distribute the required notice to its managers, provide the charging party with a neutral employment reference, and pay $45,000 to the charging party.

Michele Marxkors - 07/02/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Content of Injunction
Discrimination Prohibition
Expungement of Employment Record
Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law
Provide antidiscrimination training
Reporting
Retaliation Prohibition
Discrimination-area
Pay / Benefits
Promotion
Discrimination-basis
Race discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
General
Disparate Treatment
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Race
Black
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
Defendant(s) Frontier Materials Company, 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 - 2007
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-00856 (S.D. Tex.) 03/01/2004
EE-TX-0133-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Order [Denying Partial Summary Judgment] 01/29/2004 (S.D. Tex.)
EE-TX-0133-0001 PDF | Detail
Consent Decree 03/02/2004
EE-TX-0133-0002 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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