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Case Name EEOC v. Gaumer Company, Inc. EE-TX-0140
Docket / Court H-02-4817 ( 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
The Houston District Office of the EEOC brought this action in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas, against Gaumer Company, Inc., a manufacturer and supplier of electric heating equipment for the process industry. The complaint, filed in December 2002, alleged pregnancy ... read more >
The Houston District Office of the EEOC brought this action in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas, against Gaumer Company, Inc., a manufacturer and supplier of electric heating equipment for the process industry. The complaint, filed in December 2002, alleged pregnancy discrimination in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

The parties entered into a consent decree in February 2004. The decree was valid for two years and required Defendant to pay the charging party $57,000 and provide her with a neutral employment reference. Defendant was enjoined from discriminating or retaliating in violation of Title VII and required to post a notice of non-discrimination, provide EEO training to its employees and provide the EEOC with an annual list of all pregnant employees who had been terminated or placed on a leave of absence.

Shankar Viswanathan - 07/25/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Content of Injunction
Discrimination Prohibition
Monitoring
Neutral/Positive Reference
Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law
Provide antidiscrimination training
Reporting
Retaliation Prohibition
Discrimination-basis
Pregnancy discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
General
Disparate Treatment
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
Defendant(s) Gaumer 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 - 2006
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)
4:02-cv-04817 (S.D. Tex.) 02/03/2004
EE-TX-0140-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Memorandum and Order Regarding Discovery Motions, Motions for Summary Judgment, and Analogous Motions to Dismiss 12/20/2002 (S.D. Tex.)
EE-TX-0140-0001.pdf | Detail
Consent Decree 02/05/2004
EE-TX-0140-0002.pdf | Detail
EEOC Litigation Settlements - February 2004 03/29/2004
EE-TX-0140-0003.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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