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Case Name EEOC v. COMET RICE INGREDIENTS CO et al EE-TX-0082
Docket / Court 3:97-cv-00557 ( S.D. Tex. )
State/Territory Texas
Case Type(s) Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
The Houston office of the EEOC brought this action in the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas, against Comet Rice Ingredients, Inc. d/b/a Comet Ventures, Inc or American Rice, Inc. The complaint, filed in September 1997, alleged disability discrimination in violation of the ... read more >
The Houston office of the EEOC brought this action in the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas, against Comet Rice Ingredients, Inc. d/b/a Comet Ventures, Inc or American Rice, Inc. The complaint, filed in September 1997, alleged disability discrimination in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990; specifically that Defendant revoked job offers to a class of qualified job applicants based on back x-rays showing that each job applicant had a "Class V" back. The case was referred to mediation in February 1998 and the parties settled in April 1998.

A consent decree was entered in May 1998. The decree, valid for 2 years, required Defendant to pay the four charging parties a total of $38,000 (to be divided $12,000, $10,000, $8,000 $8,000). Defendant was also required to alter its hiring practices to insure that qualified applicants with "Class V" backs were provided with equal employment opportunities, offer fulltime employment to the charging parties, with four years service credit, and provide the EEOC with semiannual reports on the company's job offers, hiring and non-hiring of applicants with "Class V" backs.

Shankar Viswanathan - 06/29/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Content of Injunction
Hire
Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law
Reporting
Retroactive Senority
Discrimination-area
Hiring
Medical Exam / Inquiry
Discrimination-basis
Disability (inc. reasonable accommodations)
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
General
Disparate Treatment
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Causes of Action Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), 42 U.S.C. ยงยง 12111 et seq.
Defendant(s) American Rice, Inc.
Comet Rice Ingredients Company
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 1998 - 2000
Case Closing Year 1998
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)
3:97-cv-00557 (S.D. Tex.) 05/18/1998
EE-TX-0082-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Partial Final Judgment [Regarding Defendants' Counterclaims] 01/29/1998 (S.D. Tex.)
EE-TX-0082-0001.pdf | Detail
Consent Decree 05/18/1998
EE-TX-0082-0002.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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