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Case Name EEOC v. TRL GROUP INC and TRILEGIANT CORP EE-TX-0371
Docket / Court 4:04-cv-03703 ( 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 Houston office of the EEOC brought this suit against TRL Group, Inc. and Trilegiant Corp. in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas. In its complaint the EEOC alleged that the defendant violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 by subjecting female ... read more >
In September 2004 the Houston office of the EEOC brought this suit against TRL Group, Inc. and Trilegiant Corp. in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas. In its complaint the EEOC alleged that the defendant violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 by subjecting female employees to a sexually hostile work environment and causing the constructive discharge of some female employees. A consent decree was entered shortly thereafter in November 2004. The defendant agreed to pay the sole charging party $35,000.00 in damages. The defendant was also required to provide the names of any similarly situated former female employees, and an additional $25,000.00 award was reserved for those potential claims. The defendant was also required to provide anti-harassment training to its managers.

Kevin Wilemon - 10/03/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Content of Injunction
Discrimination Prohibition
Neutral/Positive Reference
Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law
Provide antidiscrimination training
Reinstatement
Reporting
Retaliation Prohibition
Discrimination-area
Discharge / Constructive Discharge / Layoff
Harassment / Hostile Work Environment
Discrimination-basis
Sex discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
General
Disparate Treatment
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
Defendant(s) TRL Group 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 2004 - 2006
Case Closing Year 2004
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-03703 (S.D. Tex.) 11/08/2004
EE-TX-0371-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 09/23/2004
EE-TX-0371-0001 PDF | Detail
Consent Decree 11/09/2004
EE-TX-0371-0002 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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