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Case Name EEOC v. COWBOYS/RED RIVER EE-TX-0088
Docket / Court 3-99-CV-1685-P ( N.D. Tex. )
State/Territory Texas
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
In July 1999, the Dallas District Office of the EEOC filed this lawsuit against Red River Beverage Company, doing business as Cowboys Red River Dance Hall and Saloon, in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas alleging discrimination on the basis of sex in violation of Title VII ... read more >
In July 1999, the Dallas District Office of the EEOC filed this lawsuit against Red River Beverage Company, doing business as Cowboys Red River Dance Hall and Saloon, in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas alleging discrimination on the basis of sex in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Specifically, the complaint alleged that the defendant demoted the charging party, a female employee, and subjected her to a hostile working environment due to her sex and pregnancy, and eventual terminated her following her opposition to these practices. The complainant intervened in the lawsuit in September 1999. After an unsuccessful motion for summary judgment by the defendant in September 2000, the case was tried by a jury in August 2002 with the jury returning a verdict in favor of the plaintiff. The court entered judgment for the plaintiff at the end of August 2002, and again in March 2003 following several motions to amend the judgment by all parties. The defendant and intervenor plaintiff made appeals to the Fifth Circuit following the jury's decision, in March and April 2003 respectively, but jointly moved to dismiss them in May 2003. The jury verdict required the defendant to pay $155,000; the last Order made by the District Court appears to require the defendant to pay $50,000 in damages to the complainant and at least $33,220 fees plus costs.

David Friedman - 10/19/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Content of Injunction
Discrimination Prohibition
Reporting
Discrimination-area
Demotion
Discharge / Constructive Discharge / Layoff
Harassment / Hostile Work Environment
Discrimination-basis
Pregnancy discrimination
Sex discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
Private Party intervened in EEOC suit
General
Disparate Treatment
Retaliation
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
Defendant(s) Red River Beverage 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 Litigation
Form of Settlement None on record
Order Duration 2002 - 2005
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)
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  Second Generation Employment Discrimination: A Structural Approach
By: Susan Sturm (Columbia Law School)
Citation: 101 Colum. L. Rev. 458 (2001)
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Docket(s)
3:99-cv-01685 (N.D. Tex.) 05/15/2003
EE-TX-0088-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 07/27/1999
EE-TX-0088-0001.pdf | Detail
Order 04/24/2000 (N.D. Tex.)
EE-TX-0088-0002.pdf | Detail
Agreed Protective Order 08/28/2000 (N.D. Tex.)
EE-TX-0088-0003.pdf | Detail
Order 09/28/2001 (N.D. Tex.)
EE-TX-0088-0004.pdf | Detail
Final Judgment 08/28/2002 (N.D. Tex.)
EE-TX-0088-0005.pdf | Detail
Amended Final Judgment 03/07/2003 (2003 WL 21317861) (N.D. Tex.)
EE-TX-0088-0006.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Entry of Dismissal 05/09/2003
EE-TX-0088-0007.pdf | Detail
FY 2002 Office of General Counsel Annual Report 06/16/2003
EE-TX-0088-0008.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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