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Case Name EEOC v. BETSY ROSS FLAG GIRL, INC. EE-TX-0042
Docket / Court 3:97-cv-01572 ( N.D. Tex. )
State/Territory Texas
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
In June 1997, the EEOC district office in Dallas, Texas brought this action against Betsy Ross Flag Girl, Inc., doing business as Betsy Ross Flag Girl Inc. and Barjac Company, in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas. Although the complaint is unavailable, the consent decree ... read more >
In June 1997, the EEOC district office in Dallas, Texas brought this action against Betsy Ross Flag Girl, Inc., doing business as Betsy Ross Flag Girl Inc. and Barjac Company, in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas. Although the complaint is unavailable, the consent decree states that six female employees alleged that the defendant violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 when it subjected the complainants to a sexually hostile work environment. Five months after the suit was filed, the case was dismissed for the EEOC's failure to file for a default judgment. However, the order was vacated, the case was reopened, and a consent decree was entered in January 1998.

In the consent decree, the parties agreed that the defendant would pay the aggrieved parties a total of $223,050, refrain from retaliating and discriminating based on sex, implement an anti-harassment policy and complaint procedures, distribute the new policy and complaint procedures, post an EEO notice, provide neutral reference letters, expunge the complainants' employee files of any reference to this litigation or charge of discrimination, and provide four hours of EEO training. No costs or fees were awarded. The terms of the decree ran for two years.

Joel Pettit - 08/03/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
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
Reporting
Retaliation Prohibition
Discrimination-area
Harassment / Hostile Work Environment
Discrimination-basis
Sex discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
General
Disparate Treatment
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
Defendant(s) Betsy Ross Flag Girl, 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 1998 - 2000
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)
3:97-cv-01572 (N.D. Tex.) 01/12/1998
EE-TX-0042-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Order of Dismissal 11/24/1997 (N.D. Tex.)
EE-TX-0042-0001 PDF | Detail
Order [Reinstating Case] 12/15/1997 (N.D. Tex.)
EE-TX-0042-0002 PDF | Detail
Consent Decree 01/12/1998
EE-TX-0042-0003 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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