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Case Name EEOC v. JOE BROWN COMPANY, INC. EE-OK-0028
Docket / Court 5:01-cv-01525-HE ( W.D. Okla. )
State/Territory Oklahoma
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
IWPR/Wage Project Consent Decree Study
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
In September 2001, the EEOC district office in Dallas, Texas brought this suit against the Joe Brown Company in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma, alleging that the defendant violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 when it subjected a black employee to a ... read more >
In September 2001, the EEOC district office in Dallas, Texas brought this suit against the Joe Brown Company in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma, alleging that the defendant violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 when it subjected a black employee to a racially hostile work environment and terminated him in retaliation for complaining about it.

The case was settled and a consent decree was entered in June of 2002. The parties agreed that the defendant would pay the complainant $25,000, refrain from retaliating and discriminating on the basis of race, post an EEO notice, distribute its EEO policy, provide all of its employees with EEO training, file quarterly race statistical reports, file semiannual complaint reports, expunge the complainants employee file, and issue a neutral reference letter. No fees or costs were awarded. The terms of the agreement ran for eighteen months.

Jason Chester - 07/03/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Content of Injunction
Auditing
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
Reporting
Retaliation Prohibition
Discrimination-area
Discharge / Constructive Discharge / Layoff
Harassment / Hostile Work Environment
Discrimination-basis
Race discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
General
Disparate Treatment
Retaliation
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Race
Black
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
Defendant(s) Joe Brown 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 2002 - 2003
Case Closing Year 2002
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)
5:01-cv-01525-HE (W.D. Okla.) 06/05/2002
EE-OK-0028-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Order [Denying Motion for Protective Order] 05/16/2002 (W.D. Okla.)
EE-OK-0028-0001.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Consent Decree 06/05/2002
EE-OK-0028-0002.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
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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