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Case Name EEOC v. PREMIER OPERATOR SVCS, & DIGITAL NETWORK SVCS., IN EE-TX-0282
Docket / Court 3:98-cv-00198 ( N.D. Tex. )
State/Territory Texas
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
In January 1998, the Dallas District Office of the EEOC brought this suit against Premier Operator Services, Inc. and Digital Network Services, Inc. in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas. We do not have a copy of the complaint. However, according to an EEOC press release, ... read more >
In January 1998, the Dallas District Office of the EEOC brought this suit against Premier Operator Services, Inc. and Digital Network Services, Inc. in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas. We do not have a copy of the complaint. However, according to an EEOC press release, the complaint alleged discrimination on the basis of national origin in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. In particular, the defendant enforced an English-only policy, requiring all employees, including the thirteen Hispanic charging parties, to speak English only at all times in the workplace. Many of the employees were hired because of their ability to speak Spanish, and those who opposed the policy were terminated or retaliated against.

In April 1999, the EEOC filed a motion for partial summary judgment, and the defendant filed a motion for complete summary judgment. After some discovery disputes, the plaintiff's motion was granted and the defendant's motion was granted in part and denied in part in October 1999. E.E.O.C. v. Premier Operator Services, Inc., 75 F. Supp. 2d. 550 (N.D. Tex. 2000). In July 2000, a bench trial was held, resulting in a judgment for the EEOC. The judgment awarded the charging parties a total of $709,284.56 and enjoined the defendant from discriminating, retaliating, or enforcing an English-only policy. E.E.O.C. v. Premier Operator Services, Inc., 113 F. Supp. 2d. 1066 (N.D. Tex. 2000).

Kevin Wilemon - 06/13/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Content of Injunction
Discrimination Prohibition
Retaliation Prohibition
Discrimination-area
Discharge / Constructive Discharge / Layoff
Discrimination-basis
National origin discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
General
Disparate Impact
Disparate Treatment
Retaliation
National Origin/Ethnicity
Indian
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
Defendant(s) Digital Network Services, Inc.
Premier Operator Services, 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 Litigation
Form of Settlement None on record
Order Duration not on record
Case Closing Year 2000
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)
3:98-cv-00198 (N.D. Tex.) 09/13/2000
EE-TX-0282-9000.pdf | Detail
General Documents
Order 10/19/1999 (75 F.Supp.2d 550) (N.D. Tex.)
EE-TX-0282-0005.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Google Scholar
Final Judgment 09/13/2000 (113 F.Supp.2d 1066) (N.D. Tex.)
EE-TX-0282-0006.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Google Scholar
Court Speaks: English Only Rule Unlawful; Awards EEOC $700,000 for Hispanic Workers 09/19/2000
EE-TX-0282-0003.pdf | Detail
EEOC Compliance Manual Section 13: National Origin Discrimination 12/02/2002
EE-TX-0282-0004.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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