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Case Name EEOC v. Noble Drilling, Inc. EE-LA-0062
Docket / Court 2:04-cv-02419-PM-APW ( W.D. La. )
State/Territory Louisiana
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
In June 2004, the New Orleans District Office of the EEOC brought this lawsuit against Noble Drilling Inc. in the Eastern District of Louisiana alleging discrimination on the basis of race and retaliation in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Specifically, the complaint ... read more >
In June 2004, the New Orleans District Office of the EEOC brought this lawsuit against Noble Drilling Inc. in the Eastern District of Louisiana alleging discrimination on the basis of race and retaliation in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Specifically, the complaint alleged that the defendant oil drilling company exposed complainant, an African-American employee, to a racially hostile work environment and unlawfully retaliated against him by terminating him.

Defendant's motion for dismissal due to improper venue caused the action to be transfered to the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana in December 2004. Following motions for partial summary judgment by the EEOC and for full summary judgment by the defendant in September 2005, the lawsuit was dismissed by the District Court when it granted defendant's motion for summary judgment in February 2006. The EEOC appealed the ruling to the Fifth Circuit in April 2006, and withdrew its appeal in June 2006.

Daisy Manning - 10/29/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Discrimination-area
Discharge / Constructive Discharge / Layoff
Discipline
Harassment / Hostile Work Environment
Discrimination-basis
Race discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
General
Disparate Treatment
Retaliation
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
Defendant(s) Noble Drilling 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 Defendant
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief None
Source of Relief None
Form of Settlement None on record
Order Duration not on record
Case Closing Year 2006
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)
2:04-cv-01683-CJB (E.D. La.) 11/19/2004
EE-LA-0062-9001.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
2:04-cv-02419-PM-APW (W.D. La.) 08/01/2006
EE-LA-0062-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Opinion [Transferring Case to LA Western District] 11/19/2004 (2004 WL 2700289 / 2004 U.S.Dist.LEXIS 24030) (E.D. La.)
EE-LA-0062-0003.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Complaint 11/29/2004
EE-LA-0062-0001.pdf | Detail
Memorandum Ruling [Granting Defendant's Motion for S/J] 02/16/2006 (2006 WL 373487 / 2006 U.S.Dist.LEXIS 10318) (W.D. La.)
EE-LA-0062-0002.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | 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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