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Case Name EEOC v. THE COOPER AEROBICS CENTER, THE COOPER INSTITUTE EE-TX-0361
Docket / Court 3:97CV1690-BC ( N.D. Tex. )
State/Territory Texas
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
The Dallas District Office of the EEOC brought this suit against The Cooper Aerobics Center, and various similar entities, in July of 1997, in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas. The suit was brought by the EEOC for alleged harassment under Title VII and for retaliation ... read more >
The Dallas District Office of the EEOC brought this suit against The Cooper Aerobics Center, and various similar entities, in July of 1997, in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas. The suit was brought by the EEOC for alleged harassment under Title VII and for retaliation for a complaint under Title VII. The complainant intervened in the suit. Ultimately after a 5 day trial the jury returned a verdict for the plaintiffs on the retaliation claim. However, the court dismissed the Title VII harassment claim.

Both sides continued to fight over the amount of damages to award for 5 months after the jury returned its verdict. Ultimately, after court ordered mediation the court entered its final judgment to the tune of $148,108.15. Of this money the complainant receives $115,098.15, while the remainder is set aside for attorneys fees. Ultimately the court refused to grant an injunction or demand that the defendants reinstate the complainant.

Alex Bean - 06/01/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Discrimination-area
Discharge / Constructive Discharge / Layoff
Harassment / Hostile Work Environment
Discrimination-basis
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) Cooper Aerobic Enterprises
The Cooper Aerobics Center
The Cooper Aerobics Center
The Cooper Institute For Aerobics
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)
3:97CV1690-BC (N.D. Tex.) 03/17/1999
EE-TX-0361-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Order 03/18/1998 (N.D. Tex.)
EE-TX-0361-0001.pdf | Detail
Order on Plaintiff's Motion in Limine 05/18/1998 (N.D. Tex.)
EE-TX-0361-0003.pdf | Detail
Order on Defendant's Motion in Limine 05/18/1998 (N.D. Tex.)
EE-TX-0361-0004.pdf | Detail
Final Judgment 10/30/1998 (N.D. Tex.)
EE-TX-0361-0005.pdf | Detail
Order 05/17/2007 (N.D. Tex.)
EE-TX-0361-0002.pdf | Detail
Judges Boyle, Jane J. (N.D. Tex.) [Magistrate]
EE-TX-0361-0001 | EE-TX-0361-0002 | EE-TX-0361-0003
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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