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Case Name EEOC v. AUSTIN COMMERCIAL, INC. EE-TX-0022
Docket / Court 1:01-cv-00493-SS ( W.D. Tex. )
State/Territory Texas
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
In July 2001, the EEOC district office in San Antonio, Texas brought this suit against Austin Commercial, Inc. in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas. The complaint alleged that the defendant perpetuated a racially hostile work environment in violation of Title VII of the ... read more >
In July 2001, the EEOC district office in San Antonio, Texas brought this suit against Austin Commercial, Inc. in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas. The complaint alleged that the defendant perpetuated a racially hostile work environment in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Specifically, the complainant alleged that a black employee was subjected to to racial graffiti, drawings of nooses with his name next to them, and invitations to Ku Klux Klan meetings by White co-workers. Two months after the defendant filed its initial answer with the court, the parties settled in December of 2001. No documentation of the settlement is available.

Jason Chester - 07/19/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Discrimination-area
Harassment / Hostile Work Environment
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) Austin Commercial, 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 None
Unknown
Source of Relief None
Form of Settlement None on record
Order Duration not on record
Case Closing Year 2001
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)
1:01-cv-00493-SS (W.D. Tex.) 12/06/2001
EE-TX-0022-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 07/27/2001
EE-TX-0022-0001.pdf | Detail
Joint Motion to Dismiss with Prejudice 12/03/2001
EE-TX-0022-0002.pdf | Detail
Agreed Order to Dismiss with Prejudice 12/06/2001 (W.D. Tex.)
EE-TX-0022-0003.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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