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Case Name EEOC v. Coastal Fabrication EE-LA-0015
Docket / Court 6:03-CV-01669 ( W.D. La. )
State/Territory Louisiana
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
IWPR/Wage Project Consent Decree Study
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
The New Orleans District Office of the EEOC brought this suit against Coastal Fabrication LLC in September 2003 in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana. The complaint alleged racial discrimination and retaliation in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. ... read more >
The New Orleans District Office of the EEOC brought this suit against Coastal Fabrication LLC in September 2003 in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana. The complaint alleged racial discrimination and retaliation in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Specifically, the complaint alleged Coastal Fabrication LLC terminated the employment of an employee in retaliation for his wife's complaining that he had been discriminated against based on his race. The EEOC filed its complaint and a consent decree on the same day. The case was settled by entry of the consent decree just three days after the complaint was filed.

The decree included non-discrimination and non-retaliation clauses, required the development of a written Title VII policy, required the posting and distribution of the policy, and required the defendant to provide training regarding equal employment opportunity rights and responsibilities. Coastal Fabrications was required to keep records of race discrimination complaints and retaliation complaints under Title VII and make the records available to the EEOC. The injunctive parts of the decree had a three year term. The consent decree also required Coastal Fabrications to expunge the complainant's employment record and give him a neutral employment reference. In addition, Coastal Fabrication agreed to pay $10,000 to the complainant.

Justin Kanter - 05/22/2008


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Content of Injunction
Develop anti-discrimination policy
Discrimination Prohibition
Expungement of Employment Record
Implement complaint/dispute resolution process
Monitoring
Neutral/Positive Reference
Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law
Provide antidiscrimination training
Recordkeeping
Reporting
Retaliation Prohibition
Discrimination-area
Discharge / Constructive Discharge / Layoff
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) Coastal Fabrication, LLC
Coastal Fabrication, LLC
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 2003 - 2006
Case Closing Year 2003
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)
6:03-CV-01669 (W.D. La.) 09/12/2003
EE-LA-0015-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 09/09/2003
EE-LA-0015-0001.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Consent Decree 09/09/2003
EE-LA-0015-0002.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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