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Case Name EEOC v. Party Boat, Inc. EE-TX-0263
Docket / Court C-97-258 ( S.D. Tex. )
State/Territory Texas
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
This Title VII action was brought in the U.S District Court for the Southern District of Texas, against Party Boat, Inc., d/b/a Dolphin Docks. The complaint, filed in May 1997, alleged race discrimination in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; specifically that Defendant ... read more >
This Title VII action was brought in the U.S District Court for the Southern District of Texas, against Party Boat, Inc., d/b/a Dolphin Docks. The complaint, filed in May 1997, alleged race discrimination in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; specifically that Defendant terminated the charging party because he opposed Defendant's policy of refusing to hire Hispanics and Blacks. In December 2005 the parties entered into a consent decree. The decree, valid for three years, required Defendant to pay the charging party $24,000 and provide him with a neutral employment reference. Defendant was enjoined from discriminating or retaliating in violation of Title VII, and required to post a notice of non-discrimination, distribute a copy of its revised Employee Manual, and maintain records relevant to the decree such as all employment applications.

In August 1999, the EEOC motioned to enforce the consent decree. In March 2002, the defendant motioned for summary judgment regarding the enforcement, but this was denied that month. However, later that March, the court denied the EEOC's enforcement motion.

Shankar Viswanathan - 07/20/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Content of Injunction
Discrimination Prohibition
Monitoring
Neutral/Positive Reference
Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law
Recordkeeping
Retaliation Prohibition
Discrimination-area
Discharge / Constructive Discharge / Layoff
Hiring
Discrimination-basis
National origin discrimination
Race discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
General
Disparate Treatment
Retaliation
National Origin/Ethnicity
Indian
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Race
Black
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
Defendant(s) Party Boat, Inc.
Party Boat, 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 1997 - 2000
Case Closing Year 1997
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)
2:97-cv-00258 (S.D. Tex.) 04/16/2007
EE-TX-0263-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Consent Decree 12/30/1997
EE-TX-0263-0001 PDF | Detail
Order [re: Motion to Dismiss Without Prejudice] 02/24/2000 (S.D. Tex.)
EE-TX-0263-0002 PDF | Detail
Order Denying Respondent's Motion to Dismiss [] 03/20/2002 (S.D. Tex.)
EE-TX-0263-0003 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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