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Case Name EEOC v. BICC GENERAL CABLE INDUSTRIES, INC. EE-TX-0043
Docket / Court 3:00-cv-02122 ( N.D. Tex. )
State/Territory Texas
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
IWPR/Wage Project Consent Decree Study
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
In September 2000, the Dallas District Office of the EEOC filed this lawsuit against BICC General Cable Industries, Inc., General Cable Industries, Inc., and General Cable Corporation, Inc. in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas alleging discrimination on the basis of race, ... read more >
In September 2000, the Dallas District Office of the EEOC filed this lawsuit against BICC General Cable Industries, Inc., General Cable Industries, Inc., and General Cable Corporation, Inc. in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas alleging discrimination on the basis of race, black, and national origin, African, in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Specifically, the complaint alleged the defendant subjected the complainants to disparate disciplinary procedures and a hostile work environment, and terminated their employment in retaliation to the complainant's opposition to the alleged discrimination. Following a denied summary judgment motion made by the defendant in February 2002, the parties settled the lawsuit in 2002 through a consent decree.

The thirty-week decree, containing agreements not to discriminate or retaliate, required the defendant to: expunge the complainants' employment records and provide them with a neutral job reference, post and distribute notice of employee rights, provide training to managers and employees who make hiring decisions, implement a complaint dispute resolution mechanism, report upon compliance with the consent decree, and pay the complainants $75,000.

Daisy Manning - 10/19/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Content of Injunction
Discrimination Prohibition
Expungement of Employment Record
Implement complaint/dispute resolution process
Neutral/Positive Reference
Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law
Provide antidiscrimination training
Reporting
Retaliation Prohibition
Discrimination-area
Discharge / Constructive Discharge / Layoff
Discipline
Harassment / Hostile Work Environment
Discrimination-basis
National origin discrimination
Race discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
General
Disparate Impact
Disparate Treatment
Retaliation
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Race
Black
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
Defendant(s) BICCGeneral Cable Industries, Inc.
BICCGeneral Cable Industries, Inc.
General Cable Corporation
General Cable Industries 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 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 - 2004
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)
3:00-cv-02122 (N.D. Tex.) 06/27/2002
EE-TX-0043-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 09/28/2000
EE-TX-0043-0001 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Amended Complaint 05/03/2001
EE-TX-0043-0002 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
FY 2002 Office of General Counsel Annual Report 01/01/2002
EE-TX-0043-0009 PDF | Detail
Order [Denying Defendant's Motion for Summary Judgment] 05/21/2002 (N.D. Tex.)
EE-TX-0043-0007 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Consent Decree 06/27/2002
EE-TX-0043-0008 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
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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