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Case Name EEOC v. MATTHEWS DAYCARE & TRAINING CENTER, INC. aka MATTH EE-TX-0220
Docket / Court H-97-1013 ( S.D. Tex. )
State/Territory Texas
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
EEOC's Houston, TX office filed this Title VII pregnancy discrimination lawsuit against Matthews Daycare & Training Center Inc. in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas (Houston) on 03/28/1997. On behalf of three former female employees and a class of similarly ... read more >
EEOC's Houston, TX office filed this Title VII pregnancy discrimination lawsuit against Matthews Daycare & Training Center Inc. in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas (Houston) on 03/28/1997. On behalf of three former female employees and a class of similarly situated females, the EEOC claimed that the defendant unlawfully perpetuated a policy of placing its pregnant employees on unpaid leave. EEOC sought a permanent injunction, and compensatory and punitive damages on behalf of the individual complainants. The complainants did not intervene.

After eight months of discovery, the defendant filed a motion for summary judgment for the entire suit. District Judge Ewing Werlein, Jr. granted in part and denied in part. Summary judgment was granted as to EEOC's claims on behalf of two individual complainants because the individuals did not timely file a charge with the EEOC and under the 'single filing rule,' the two individuals could not rely on the third individual's timely filing of the charge because they did not experience a similar act of discrimination within 300 days of the third individual's filing of the complaint. The case was finally resolved after a three-day jury trial.

Under the final judgment entered pursuant to the jury verdict, the remaining individual complainant would receive $1,260 in back pay, $568.01 in pre-judgment interest on the backpay, $1,260 in compensatory damages, and post-judgment interest at the rate of 5.375%.

Justin Kanter - 06/10/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Discrimination-area
Accommodation / Leave
Pay / Benefits
Discrimination-basis
Pregnancy discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
General
Disparate Treatment
Pattern or Practice
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
Defendant(s) Matthews Daycare & Training Center 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
Source of Relief Litigation
Form of Settlement None on record
Order Duration not on record
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)
4:97-cv-01013 (S.D. Tex.) 10/07/1998
EE-TX-0220-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Order Granting Motion to Compel Production of Documents 05/16/2007 (S.D. Tex.)
EE-TX-0220-0001.pdf | Detail
Memorandum and Order: Motion for Summary Judgment 05/16/2007 (S.D. Tex.)
EE-TX-0220-0002.pdf | Detail
Final Judgment 05/16/2007 (S.D. Tex.)
EE-TX-0220-0003.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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