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Case Name EEOC v. BELLE CHASE MARINE, INC. EE-LA-0008
Docket / Court 01-2981 ( E.D. La. )
State/Territory Louisiana
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
In September, 2001 the New Orleans District Office of the EEOC brought this lawsuit against Belle Chasse Marine Transportation, Inc. in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana alleging discrimination on the basis of race, black, in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights ... read more >
In September, 2001 the New Orleans District Office of the EEOC brought this lawsuit against Belle Chasse Marine Transportation, Inc. in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana alleging discrimination on the basis of race, black, in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Specifically, the defendant allegedly subjected complainant, a black employee, to a racially hostile environment by permitting derogatory comments to be made to the complainant due to his marriage to a white female, allowing its managers to make other inappropriate comments, and assigning menial and demeaning tasks to African-American employees outside their duties. The parties settled the dispute in June 2002 through a consent decree, prior to the defendant's appearance in court.

The two-year decree, containing agreements not to discriminate or retaliate, required the defendant to: re-employ complainant at a different work site, distribute notice of employee rights, provide EEO training both internally and externally for its managers, implement a complaint resolution process, keep records of all employment applications and pay $14,500 to be distributed among 6 individuals

Daisy Manning - 10/18/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Content of Injunction
Discrimination Prohibition
Implement complaint/dispute resolution process
Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law
Provide antidiscrimination training
Recordkeeping
Reporting
Retaliation Prohibition
Discrimination-area
Harassment / Hostile Work Environment
Other Conditions of Employment (including assignment, transfer, hours, working conditions, etc)
Discrimination-basis
Race discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
General
Disparate Treatment
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Race
Black
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
Defendant(s) Belle Chasse Marine Transportation, 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)
2:01-cv-02981-ILRL-KWR (E.D. La.) 06/11/2002
EE-LA-0008-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 09/28/2001
EE-LA-0008-0001 PDF | Detail
Consent Decree 06/11/2002
EE-LA-0008-0002 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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