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Case Name EEOC v. CENTRAL AMERICAN INSURANCE EE-LA-0012
Docket / Court 3:06-cv-01351 ( W.D. La. )
State/Territory Louisiana
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
The Houston district office of the EEOC brought this suit against Central American Life Insurance Co., an insurance company, in August of 2006, in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana. The complaint alleged that, in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights act of 1964, ... read more >
The Houston district office of the EEOC brought this suit against Central American Life Insurance Co., an insurance company, in August of 2006, in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana. The complaint alleged that, in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights act of 1964, an insurance agent sexually harassed a female employee. The company allegedly refused to act on her complaints and refused to transfer her to another location so that she could escape the harassment. The female employee was allegedly fired in retaliation for her complaint. The complainant intervened in December of 2006. The parties settled the case in December of 2007 by entry of a consent decree.

The decree required Central American to comply with Title VII in its employment practices. It also required Central American to pay $35,000.00 to complainant. Central American was required to report on its compliance status every six months to the EEOC, and to keep records to provide the EEOC on request in the event of any complaint. Additionally, Central American was required to provide annual Title VII anti-harassment training to its employees, to post an EEOC poster, and to revise, post, and distribute its Non-Harassment policy. The policy was required to include contacts that employees could use to make confidential harassment complaints.

Shankar Viswanathan - 05/14/2008


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Content of Injunction
Implement complaint/dispute resolution process
Monitoring
Other requirements regarding hiring, promotion, retention
Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law
Provide antidiscrimination training
Recordkeeping
Reporting
Discrimination-area
Discharge / Constructive Discharge / Layoff
Harassment / Hostile Work Environment
Other Conditions of Employment (including assignment, transfer, hours, working conditions, etc)
Discrimination-basis
Sex discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
Private Party intervened in EEOC suit
General
Disparate Treatment
Retaliation
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
Defendant(s) Central American Life Insurance Co.
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 2007 - 2009
Case Closing Year 2007
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)
3:06-cv-01351-RGJ-MLH (W.D. La.) 12/19/2007
EE-LA-0012-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 08/09/2006
EE-LA-0012-0001 PDF | Detail
First Amended Complaint 09/21/2006
EE-LA-0012-0002 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Intervenor Complaint 12/15/2006
EE-LA-0012-0003 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Consent Decree 12/19/2007
EE-LA-0012-0004 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Hornsby, Mark L. (W.D. La.) [Magistrate]
EE-LA-0012-9000
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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