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Case Name EEOC v. PRINCE FOOD SYSTEMS, INC. EE-TX-0286
Docket / Court CA H-01-0494 ( S.D. Tex. )
State/Territory Texas
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
In February 2001, the Houston District Office of the EEOC filed this lawsuit against Prince Food Systems Inc. in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas. We do not have a copy of the complaint; therefore, the exact allegations involved are unknown. However, it appears from the ... read more >
In February 2001, the Houston District Office of the EEOC filed this lawsuit against Prince Food Systems Inc. in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas. We do not have a copy of the complaint; therefore, the exact allegations involved are unknown. However, it appears from the Agreed Final Judgment that the complaint alleged sexual and racial harassment, racial discrimination in hiring and compensation, and retaliation in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Following discovery, a failed motion for summary judgment by the defendant in January 2002, and three days of a jury trial, the parties settled the lawsuit through an agreed final judgment in April 2002.

The final agreement required the defendant to: make compliance reports and provide the EEOC with census data, agreement to write a mutually acceptable press release, allow the EEOC to propose hiring goals for areas where African-Americans were under-represented, write apologies and neutral references for the complainants, have management personnel at a designated store and certain corporate officers attend a training seminar, write letters of final warning to two managers, and pay $175,000 to be distributed by the Register of the Court based upon a disbursement agreement.

David Friedman - 12/14/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Content of Injunction
Apology
Goals and Timekeeping
Neutral/Positive Reference
Provide antidiscrimination training
Reporting
Discrimination-area
Harassment / Hostile Work Environment
Hiring
Pay / Benefits
Discrimination-basis
Race discrimination
Sex discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
General
Disparate Treatment
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Race
Race, unspecified
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
Defendant(s) Prince Food Systems
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 not on record
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)
4:01-cv-00494 (S.D. Tex.) 06/16/2003
EE-TX-0286-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Agreed Final Judgment 04/23/2002 (S.D. Tex.)
EE-TX-0286-0002 PDF | Detail
Order on Defendant's Motion for Summary Judgment 02/25/2005 (S.D. Tex.)
EE-TX-0286-0001 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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