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Case Name EEOC v. HOUSTON AREA SHEET METAL JOINT APPRENTICESHIP COMM EE-TX-0166
Docket / Court 4:00-cv-03390 ( S.D. Tex. )
State/Territory Texas
Case Type(s) Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
The EEOC's Houston district office sued the Houston Area Sheet Metal Joint Apprenticeship Committee on September 28, 2000 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas. The EEOC's complaint alleged that the defendant violated The Americans with Disabilities Act when it ... read more >
The EEOC's Houston district office sued the Houston Area Sheet Metal Joint Apprenticeship Committee on September 28, 2000 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas. The EEOC's complaint alleged that the defendant violated The Americans with Disabilities Act when it discriminated based on physical disability (deafness) by failing to hire an otherwise qualified deaf employee. The parties entered into a consent decree on August 27, 2002, which stipulated that the defendant would pay the complainant $30,000 in damages, hire the complainant and reasonably accommodate him in the workplace, provide ADA training for its employees, revise application requirements to exclude hearing and speaking, provide personal interviews for deaf applicants before declaring them unfit for work, and maintain records of these interviews and training sessions.

Aaron Weismann - 06/22/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Content of Injunction
Discrimination Prohibition
Hire
Provide antidiscrimination training
Reasonable Accommodation
Recordkeeping
Retaliation Prohibition
Discrimination-area
Hiring
Discrimination-basis
Disability (inc. reasonable accommodations)
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
General
Disparate Treatment
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Causes of Action Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), 42 U.S.C. ยงยง 12111 et seq.
Defendant(s) Houston Area Sheet Metal Joint Apprenticeship Committee
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 2002 - 2005
Case Closing Year 2002
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)
4:00-cv-03390 (S.D. Tex.) 08/27/2002
EE-TX-0166-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Order [Summary Judgment] 05/31/2002 (2002 WL 1263893) (S.D. Tex.)
EE-TX-0166-0001 PDF | WESTLAW | Detail
Order of Dismissal 06/24/2002 (S.D. Tex.)
EE-TX-0166-0002 PDF | Detail
Consent Decree 08/28/2002
EE-TX-0166-0003 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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