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Case Name EEOC v. TRINITY INDUSTRIES, INC. EE-TX-0372
Docket / Court 1:00-cv-00598-TH ( E.D. Tex. )
State/Territory Texas
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
In August 2000, the Houston District Office of the EEOC brought this suit against Trinity Industries, Inc. in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas. We do not have a copy of the EEOC's complaint. However, the intervenors' complaint alleged that the defendant discriminated on ... read more >
In August 2000, the Houston District Office of the EEOC brought this suit against Trinity Industries, Inc. in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas. We do not have a copy of the EEOC's complaint. However, the intervenors' complaint alleged that the defendant discriminated on the basis of race in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 by failing to promote the charging parties, Black employees, because of their race and retaliating against them for their complaints of the discrimination by negatively affecting the terms and conditions of their employment. Two of the charging parties intervened in the suit in October 2000. After some discovery disputes, the EEOC and the defendant appear to have reached a tentative settlement agreement in May 2001. However, the EEOC and the defendant reached a final settlement in June 2001 through a consent decree. It appears that the intervenors and the defendant did not settle until late November 2001 when they voluntarily dismissed the case.

The two-year consent decree between the EEOC and the defendant contained non-discrimination and non-retaliation clauses. In addition, it required the defendant to: post a non-discrimination notice, provide Title VII training for its human resources personnel, inform one of the charging parties of any job vacancies, fund six academic scholarships, distribute the consent decree, expunge the charging parties' personnel files from all references to the charges of discrimination, provide the charging parties with a neutral employment reference, and pay $60,000 to be divided between two individuals.

Justin Kanter - 08/08/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Content of Injunction
Discrimination Prohibition
Expungement of Employment Record
Neutral/Positive Reference
Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law
Provide antidiscrimination training
Reporting
Retaliation Prohibition
Discrimination-area
Discipline
Other Conditions of Employment (including assignment, transfer, hours, working conditions, etc)
Pay / Benefits
Promotion
Discrimination-basis
Race discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
Private Party intervened in EEOC suit
General
Disparate Treatment
Retaliation
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Private Plaintiff
Race
Black
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
Defendant(s) Trinity Industries, 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 2001 - 2003
Case Closing Year 2001
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)
1:00-cv-00598-TH (E.D. Tex.) 11/20/2002
EE-TX-0372-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Intervenors' Amended Complaint in Intervention 04/18/2001
EE-TX-0372-0001 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Limited Order Granting Plaintiffs' Motion to Compel Site Inspection 04/27/2001 (E.D. Tex.)
EE-TX-0372-0002 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order Granting Plaintiffs' Second Motion to Compel Site Inspection [...] 06/18/2001 (E.D. Tex.)
EE-TX-0372-0003 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Consent Decree 06/18/2001
EE-TX-0372-0004 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Agreed Order [Regarding Settlement Issues] 11/09/2001 (E.D. Tex.)
EE-TX-0372-0005 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
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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