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Case Name EEOC v. WILLIAMSON COUNTY CABLEVISION COMPANY (d/b/a COX COMMUNICATIONS) EE-TX-0091
Docket / Court 1:02-cv-00341-SS ( W.D. Tex. )
State/Territory Texas
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
In May 2002, the San Antonio District Office of the EEOC filed this lawsuit against Cox Communications, Williamson County Cablevision Company, and Cox Classic Cable, Inc. in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas alleging discrimination on the basis of color and national origin, ... read more >
In May 2002, the San Antonio District Office of the EEOC filed this lawsuit against Cox Communications, Williamson County Cablevision Company, and Cox Classic Cable, Inc. in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas alleging discrimination on the basis of color and national origin, Hispanic, in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Specifically, the complaint alleged that the defendants subjected the complaining party to verbal abuse creating a hostile work environment, subjected the party to unequal discipline, and constructively discharged the complaining party. Following some discovery, the parties settled the lawsuit in June 2003 through a consent decree.

The one-year decree, containing anti-retaliation and discrimination clauses, required the defendant to: expunge the complainant's employment record, make no reference of the lawsuit when asked for a reference, and pay $99,000 to the complaining party.

David Friedman - 04/07/2008


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Content of Injunction
Discrimination Prohibition
Expungement of Employment Record
Neutral/Positive Reference
Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law
Retaliation Prohibition
Discrimination-area
Discharge / Constructive Discharge / Layoff
Discipline
Harassment / Hostile Work Environment
Other Conditions of Employment (including assignment, transfer, hours, working conditions, etc)
Discrimination-basis
National origin discrimination
Race discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
Private Party intervened in EEOC suit
General
Disparate Treatment
Retaliation
National Origin/Ethnicity
Indian
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
Defendant(s) Cox Classic Cable, Inc.
Cox Communications
Williamson County Cablevision 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 2003 - 2004
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)
1:02-cv-00341-SS (W.D. Tex.) 06/17/2003
EE-TX-0091-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint and Jury Trial Demand 05/23/2002
EE-TX-0091-0001.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Complaint in Intervention 09/11/2002
EE-TX-0091-0002.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order [Regarding Plaintiff's Motion to Quash and for Protective Order] 01/08/2003 (W.D. Tex.)
EE-TX-0091-0003.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Cesar Mejias' First Amended Complaint in Intervention 02/13/2003
EE-TX-0091-0004.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Plaintiff's First Amended Complaint 02/13/2003
EE-TX-0091-0005.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
EEOC Litigation Settlement Report - April 2003 04/30/2003
EE-TX-0091-0007.pdf | Detail
Consent Decree 06/17/2003
EE-TX-0091-0006.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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