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Case Name EEOC v. ASI MILLWORK, INC. EE-TX-0019
Docket / Court 3-00-CV-2124-H ( N.D. Tex. )
State/Territory Texas
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
On September 28, 2000, the Dallas office of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed a lawsuit under Title VII against ASI Millwork, Inc. in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas. The EEOC alleged that the defendants had violated the rights of the complainant by ... read more >
On September 28, 2000, the Dallas office of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed a lawsuit under Title VII against ASI Millwork, Inc. in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas. The EEOC alleged that the defendants had violated the rights of the complainant by subjecting her to a sexually hostile work environment and by constructively discharging her.

On March 5, 2001, the case was referred to mediation, but the parties could not reach a settlement. On October 9, 2001, both sides of the case filed motions for summary judgment. On December 10, 2001, the district court denied both parties' requests for summary judgment. E.E.O.C. v. ASI Millwork, 2001 WL 1577520 (N.D.Tex. Dec. 10, 2001).

On January 7, 2002, the case went to a three-day trial. Before the jury reached its verdict, the parties asked the court to grant a continuance, and the court granted it. On April 10, 2002, the parties filed a three-year consent decree with the court, under which the defendants agreed to pay the complainant $85,000 in damages. The consent decree enjoined the defendants from discriminating or retaliating against any employee in violation of Title VII, and it required them to post and distribute notice of the equal employment opportunity laws to all employees. The defendants agreed to provide the complainant with a neutral employment reference, and to expunge her personnel file of any reference to events related to this litigation. Defendants also agreed to provide bi-annual two-hour training for all employees regarding the requirements of Title VII, the complaint procedure, and the consequences of sexual harassment in the workplace. Finally, defendants agreed to file a report with the EEOC twice each year, describing the bi-annual equal employment opportunity training of the employees. Defendants also agreed to send to the EEOC a copy of the complainant's personnel file after they expunged all record of events connected with this litigation.

The district court adopted the consent decree and closed the case.

Justin Kanter - 03/29/2008


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Content of Injunction
Discrimination Prohibition
Expungement of Employment Record
Neutral/Positive Reference
Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law
Provide antidiscrimination training
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) ASI Millwork, 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 - 2005
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-02124 (N.D. Tex.) 10/28/2004
EE-TX-0019-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 09/28/2000
EE-TX-0019-0001 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order 04/10/2001 (N.D. Tex.)
EE-TX-0019-0002 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Memorandum Opinion and Order 12/10/2001 (2001 WL 1577520) (N.D. Tex.)
EE-TX-0019-0004 PDF | WESTLAW | Detail
Consent Decree 04/10/2002
EE-TX-0019-0003 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Ramirez, Irma C. (N.D. Tex.) [Magistrate]
EE-TX-0019-9000
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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