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Case Name EEOC v. HARBISON-WALKER REFRACTORIES EE-TX-0155
Docket / Court 4:02-cv-00640 ( S.D. Tex. )
State/Territory Texas
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
The EEOC Houston office filed this suit in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas, Houston Division on February 21, 2002 against Harbison-Walker Refractories. Although the complaint was not available, it appears from the consent decree that the EEOC alleged age discrimination in ... read more >
The EEOC Houston office filed this suit in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas, Houston Division on February 21, 2002 against Harbison-Walker Refractories. Although the complaint was not available, it appears from the consent decree that the EEOC alleged age discrimination in violation of ADEA. Defendant did not submit its answer until over 3 months after it was due, at which time the EEOC had filed for a default judgment. After defendant answered, the parties notified the court that they felt a settlement was possible. Three months after notifying the court of the potential settlement, a consent decree was proposed and subsequently entered on June 27, 2003.

Under the consent decree the defendant agreed to pay the complainant $35,000 and ensure that its employees received proper anti-discrimination training in the future. In exchange, the EEOC agreed to release the claim it had filed in bankruptcy court against the defendant.

Jason Chester - 07/24/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Content of Injunction
Discrimination Prohibition
Implement complaint/dispute resolution process
Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law
Provide antidiscrimination training
Retaliation Prohibition
Discrimination-basis
Age discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
General
Disparate Treatment
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Causes of Action Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), 29 U.S.C. ยงยง 621 et seq.
Defendant(s) Harbison-Walker Refractories
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)
4:02-cv-00640 (S.D. Tex.) 06/27/2003
EE-TX-0155-9000 PDF | Detail
General Documents
Consent Decree 06/27/2003
EE-TX-0155-0001 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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