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Case Name EEOC v. MEDICAL CENTER BRACE & LIMB, INC. EE-TX-0222
Docket / Court H-01-3541 ( S.D. Tex. )
State/Territory Texas
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
In October 2001, the Houston District Office of the EEOC brought this lawsuit against Medical Center Brace & Limb, Inc. in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas. We do not have a copy of the complaint; therefore the exact allegations involved are unknown. However, it appears ... read more >
In October 2001, the Houston District Office of the EEOC brought this lawsuit against Medical Center Brace & Limb, Inc. in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas. We do not have a copy of the complaint; therefore the exact allegations involved are unknown. However, it appears from the consent decree that the complaint alleged that the defendant discriminated against the three charging parties on the basis of sex, female in violation of Title VII of the Civil Right Act of 1964. The complainants intervened in January 2002. After some discovery and mediation, the parties settled the case in July 2002 through a consent decree.

The four-year decree, containing non-discrimination and non-retaliation clauses, required the defendant to: provide a written apology and neutral reference for the complainants, provide EEO training, post notice of employee rights, update its discrimination policy, create a complaint resolution process, provide sensitivity training for a specified individual, annually report complaints to the EEOC, permit EEOC access for monitoring purposes, provide annual training for managers, and pay $200,000 to be distributed among three individuals.

Daisy Manning - 10/15/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Content of Injunction
Apology
Discrimination Prohibition
Implement complaint/dispute resolution process
Monitoring
Neutral/Positive Reference
Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law
Provide antidiscrimination training
Recordkeeping
Reporting
Retaliation Prohibition
Discrimination-basis
Sex discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
Private Party intervened in EEOC suit
General
Disparate Treatment
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
Defendant(s) Medical Center Brace & Limb, 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 Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree
Order Duration 2002 - 2006
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)
4:01-cv-03541 (S.D. Tex.) 12/14/2002
EE-TX-0222-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Order of Dismissal on Settlement Announcement 07/19/2002 (S.D. Tex.)
EE-TX-0222-0001 PDF | Detail
Consent Decree 09/04/2002
EE-TX-0222-0002 PDF | Detail
Supplemental Consent Decree 12/14/2002
EE-TX-0222-0003 PDF | Detail
Judges Stacy, Frances H. (S.D. Tex.) [Magistrate]
EE-TX-0222-9000
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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