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Case Name EEOC v. WC&M ENTERPRISES INC (d/b/a STREATER-SMITH HONDA) EE-TX-0340
Docket / Court 4:04-cv-03372 ( S.D. Tex. )
State/Territory Texas
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
In August 2004, the Houston District Office of the EEOC filed this lawsuit against the car dealership WC&M Enterprises Inc., doing business as Streater-Smith Honda, in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas, alleging discrimination on the basis of national origin and religion in ... read more >
In August 2004, the Houston District Office of the EEOC filed this lawsuit against the car dealership WC&M Enterprises Inc., doing business as Streater-Smith Honda, in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas, alleging discrimination on the basis of national origin and religion in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Specifically, the complaint alleged that the complainant, a muslim from India, was subjected to a hostile work environment and fired in retaliation for complaining about it. Following some discovery, the defendant successfully moved for summary judgment in October 2005. The EEOC appealed the decision to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in December 2005. The Fifth Circuit reversed and remanded the decision back to the U.S. District Court in October 2007. Shortly thereafter, the parties settled the lawsuit through a consent decree.

The two-year consent decree, containing an agreement not to discriminate or retaliate, required the defendant to: make annual compliance reports, apologize to the complainant, expunge the complainant's employment record, provide a neutral reference, post notice of employee rights, provide EEO training, and pay $13,500 to the complainant.

David Friedman - 04/17/2008


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Content of Injunction
Apology
Discrimination Prohibition
Expungement of Employment Record
Neutral/Positive Reference
Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law
Provide antidiscrimination training
Reporting
Retaliation Prohibition
Discrimination-area
Discharge / Constructive Discharge / Layoff
Harassment / Hostile Work Environment
Discrimination-basis
National origin discrimination
Religion discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
General
Disparate Treatment
National Origin/Ethnicity
Indian
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
Defendant(s) WC&M Enterprises 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 2005 - 2007
Case Closing Year 2005
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)
4:04-cv-03372 (S.D. Tex.) 10/17/2007
EE-TX-0340-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Original Complaint of the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission 08/25/2004
EE-TX-0340-0001.pdf | Detail
Opinion on Summary Judgment 08/30/2005 (2005 WL 2106090 / 2005 U.S.Dist.LEXIS 36228) (S.D. Tex.)
EE-TX-0340-0004.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Judgment 10/05/2007
EE-TX-0340-0002.pdf | Detail
Consent Decree 10/17/2007
EE-TX-0340-0003.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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