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Case Name EEOC v. RON CLARK FORD INC EE-TX-0305
Docket / Court 2:01-cv-00245 ( 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 Ron Clark Ford, Inc., in June of 2001, in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas. The suit alleged sexual harassment and retaliated against in violation of Title VII. In October of 2001 three of the complainants ... read more >
The Dallas District Office of the EEOC brought this suit against Ron Clark Ford, Inc., in June of 2001, in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas. The suit alleged sexual harassment and retaliated against in violation of Title VII. In October of 2001 three of the complainants intervened in the suit. There was a partial motion for summary judgment filed by the EEOC and the intervenors. The partial summary judgment regarded the affirmative defenses asserted by the defendant, namely, the statute of limitations, the absence of conditions precedent to an EEOC suit, laches, and the Texas Labor Code. The court granted the partial summary judgment motion. A month before the trial was scheduled, the parties reached a settlement and a consent decree was issued on October 24th, 2002.

The consent decree contained both injunctive relief and monetary relief. The injunctions specifically directed Ron Clark Ford to revamp their anti-discrimination and complaint policies, as well as train all employees. With regard to the specific complainants Ron Clark Ford was required to expunge their records and provide neutral references. In addition Ron Clark Ford was required to pay the sum of $140,000 to the six complainants in amounts to be determined by the EEOC. The consent decree expired by its own terms after 36 months.

Alex Bean - 06/12/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Male
Content of Injunction
Develop anti-discrimination policy
Discrimination Prohibition
Expungement of Employment Record
Implement complaint/dispute resolution process
Neutral/Positive Reference
Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law
Provide antidiscrimination training
Recordkeeping
Reporting
Retaliation Prohibition
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) Ron Clark Ford, 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 - 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)
[ 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)
2:01-cv-00245 (N.D. Tex.) 07/07/2006
EE-TX-0305-9000 PDF | Detail
General Documents
Complaint 06/27/2001
EE-TX-0305-0001 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order [Motion for Partial Summary Judgment] 04/18/2002 (N.D. Tex.)
EE-TX-0305-0002 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order 04/18/2002 (N.D. Tex.)
EE-TX-0305-0005 PDF | Detail
Order 06/21/2002 (N.D. Tex.)
EE-TX-0305-0006 PDF | Detail
Consent Decree 10/24/2002
EE-TX-0305-0003 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
EEOC Press Release 10/28/2002
EE-TX-0305-0004 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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