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Case Name EEOC v. GREENSHEET INC et al EE-TX-0149
Docket / Court 4:99-cv-04526 ( S.D. Tex. )
State/Territory Texas
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
In December 1999, the Houston office of the EEOC brought this Title VII suit against Greensheet Inc. and Helen Gordon Interest Ltd. (d/b/a Greensheet) in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas. The complaint alleged that the defendant discriminated against a class of black ... read more >
In December 1999, the Houston office of the EEOC brought this Title VII suit against Greensheet Inc. and Helen Gordon Interest Ltd. (d/b/a Greensheet) in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas. The complaint alleged that the defendant discriminated against a class of black applicants by refusing to hire them for the press helper position. After both parties filed discovery motions, the case settled by entry of a consent decree in February 2002.

The five year consent decree required the defendant to refrain from discrimination, pay $135,000 in compensatory damages to the compensation class members (Black applicants for the press helper position from 1/1/1993 to 12/31/1997 and were not hired/offered the position). Defendant must advertise job openings in the Houston area Greensheet newspapers and advertise job openings in a newspaper that specializes in servicing the Houston African American community if the defendant fails to offer/hire jobs to 29 qualified black applicants in three years, offer/hire black applicants for the press helper position representative of the applicant pool (60%), offer/hire 29 qualified black instatement members (black applicants for the press helper position from 1/1/1998 to 11/26/2001 who were not offered employment or hired). The defendant must make all applicants complete an application; keep an applicant log; ensure that any person with a direct/indirect role in hiring understands the decree; give the EEOC reports every six months on compliance with the decree; post notice; and train managers, supervisors, and hiring officials on EEO.

Kevin Wilemon - 08/01/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Content of Injunction
Comply with advertising/recruiting requirements
Discrimination Prohibition
Goals and Timekeeping
Other requirements regarding hiring, promotion, retention
Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law
Provide antidiscrimination training
Recordkeeping
Reporting
Utilize objective job description
Discrimination-area
Hiring
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) Greensheet Inc.
Helen Gordon Interest Ltd
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 - 2007
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)
4:99-cv-04526 (S.D. Tex.) 02/05/2002
EE-TX-0149-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Order [Regarding Discovery Motions] 02/26/2001 (S.D. Tex.)
EE-TX-0149-0001.pdf | Detail
Consent Decree 02/05/2002
EE-TX-0149-0002.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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