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Case Name EEOC v. WFC LIMITED PARTNERSHIP d/b/a WORLD FINANCE CORP EE-TX-0411
Docket / Court 5:01-cv-00271-DF ( E.D. Tex. )
State/Territory Texas
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
In September 2001, the Dallas District Office of the EEOC brought this suit against WFC Limited Partnership, d/b/a World Finance Corporation, in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas alleging discrimination on the basis of sex, race, and interracial association in violation of ... read more >
In September 2001, the Dallas District Office of the EEOC brought this suit against WFC Limited Partnership, d/b/a World Finance Corporation, in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas alleging discrimination on the basis of sex, race, and interracial association in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Specifically, it was alleged that the defendant discriminated against the charging parties, a Caucasian female employee and an African American male employee, by subjecting them to inferior terms and conditions of employment and terminating them because of allegations that they had engaged in a consensual romantic relationship with each other. There was very little action in the case until July 2002 when the parties settled through a consent decree.

The two-year decree, containing non-discrimination and non-retaliation clauses, required the defendant to: distribute and post a Title VII notice, distribute its anti-discrimination policy to all its employees, and provide annual Title VII training for all its employees. In addition, the defendant agreed to provide the charging parties with neutral employment references, expunge their personnel files of all references to the complaints of discrimination, and pay them a total $119,500.

Michele Marxkors - 06/18/2007


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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
Other Conditions of Employment (including assignment, transfer, hours, working conditions, etc)
Discrimination-basis
Race discrimination
Sex discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
General
Disparate Treatment
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Race
Black
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
Defendant(s) WFC Limited Partnership
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 - 2004
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)
5:01-cv-00271-DF (E.D. Tex.) 07/01/2002
EE-TX-0411-9000 PDF | Detail
General Documents
Complaint 09/28/2001
EE-TX-0411-0001 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Consent Decree 07/01/2002
EE-TX-0411-0002 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
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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