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Case Name EEOC v. SAPARK ENTERPRISES LLC (d/b/a RAMADA INN PASADENA) EE-TX-0318
Docket / Court 4:04-cv-03706 ( S.D. Tex. )
State/Territory Texas
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
In September 2004, the EEOC's Houston office filed this suit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas against Sapark Enterprises, LLC d/b/a Ramada Inn Pasadena alleging violations of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Specifically, the EEOC alleged that defendant had, ... read more >
In September 2004, the EEOC's Houston office filed this suit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas against Sapark Enterprises, LLC d/b/a Ramada Inn Pasadena alleging violations of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Specifically, the EEOC alleged that defendant had, through its agents, a manager and supervisor at a Ramada Inn motel, subjected a class of females to sexual harassment that resulted in a loss of their equal employment opportunity and their constructive discharge. The defendant filed a counter-claim in October 2004 for costs and attorney's fees. Later, however, the parties came to an agreement in a consent decree that was adopted by the court in January 2006. Despite the fact that defendant had divested itself of ownership in any hotels or motels, the decree provided that, if the defendant, during the three-year term of the consent decree, gains control of any hotels or motels, it must develop an anti-discrimination policy and disseminate it to all employees. The decree also ordered the defendant to pay $30,000 to satisfy the claims of two complainants and an unknown number of female class members.

Tony Friedman - 07/31/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Content of Injunction
Develop anti-discrimination policy
Discrimination Prohibition
Expungement of Employment Record
Neutral/Positive Reference
Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law
Provide antidiscrimination training
Reporting
Retaliation Prohibition
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
General
Disparate Treatment
Retaliation
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
Defendant(s) Sapark Enterprises, LLC
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 2006 - 2009
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)
4:04-cv-03706 (S.D. Tex.) 01/09/2006
EE-TX-0318-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Original Complaint 09/23/2004
EE-TX-0318-0001.pdf | Detail
Consent Decree 01/09/2006
EE-TX-0318-0002.pdf | Detail
Judges Johnson, Nancy K. (S.D. Tex.) [Magistrate]
EE-TX-0318-9000
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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