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Case Name EEOC v. MERCHANTILE THRIFT /VALUE VILLAGE EE-TX-0224
Docket / Court H-02-1348 ( 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 filed this suit against Mercantile Thrift Stores Inc., who own and operate Value Villages, in April of 2002, in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas. The basis of the suit was discrimination against African-Americans in their hiring ... read more >
The Houston District Office of the EEOC filed this suit against Mercantile Thrift Stores Inc., who own and operate Value Villages, in April of 2002, in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas. The basis of the suit was discrimination against African-Americans in their hiring process in addition to retaliation against one of the complainants. From the docket it appears that the case proceeded rather slowly and without any major events. Eventually the parties settled the case.

The settlement included injunctive relief as well as monetary relief. The class of complainants were to be given preferential hiring treatment which included being the first people offered entry level jobs, and a piece of the $100,000 placed in an escrow fund. Also notice of Title VII rights were to be posted in all Value Village Stores and the defendant was to keep records of African-American applications. The $100,000 in damages was to be paid mostly to the victim of the retaliation, and then the remainder to be split up as deemed appropriate by the EEOC.

Alex Bean - 06/04/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Content of Injunction
Comply with advertising/recruiting requirements
Follow recruitment, hiring, or promotion protocols
Other requirements regarding hiring, promotion, retention
Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law
Provide antidiscrimination training
Recordkeeping
Reporting
Discrimination-area
Discharge / Constructive Discharge / Layoff
Hiring
Promotion
Discrimination-basis
Race discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
General
Disparate Treatment
Retaliation
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Race
Black
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
Defendant(s) Mercantile Thrift Stores 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 Voluntary Dismissal
Order Duration not on record
Case Closing Year 2003
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)
4:02-cv-01348 (S.D. Tex.) 10/02/2003
EE-TX-0224-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Memorandum Order 05/01/2002 (S.D. Tex.)
EE-TX-0224-0001.pdf | Detail
Agreed Order 10/03/2003 (S.D. Tex.)
EE-TX-0224-0002.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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