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Case Name EEOC v. US SHIP MANAGEMENT INC EE-TX-0392
Docket / Court 4:03-cv-03983 ( S.D. Tex. )
State/Territory Texas
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
The Houston District Office of the EEOC brought this action in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas, against U.S. Ship Management. The complaint, which was filed in September 2003, alleged national origin discrimination in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 ... read more >
The Houston District Office of the EEOC brought this action in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas, against U.S. Ship Management. The complaint, which was filed in September 2003, alleged national origin discrimination in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. In September 2005 the parties entered a consent decree and it was signed by the judge one month later. The complaint was not available in this case.

The decree, which was valid for either three years, or until the Defendant ceased to operate as a legal entity in the State of Delaware, provided for the Defendant to pay a total of $31,000 to the three charging parties. The amount given to each charging party was not included in the decree. The decree additionally included non-discrimination and non-retaliation provisions, and prohibited the Defendant from implementing any rules which required employees to speak English only while during work hours, unless the rule was needed for a legitimate business need and constituted a bona fide occupational qualification.

Shankar Viswanathan - 06/20/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Content of Injunction
Discrimination Prohibition
Retaliation Prohibition
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) U.S. Ship Management, 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 2005 - 2008
Case Closing Year 2005
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)
4:03-cv-03983 (S.D. Tex.) 10/05/2005
EE-TX-0392-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Consent Decree 10/05/2005
EE-TX-0392-0001 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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