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Case Name EEOC v. PETROFAC SERVICES INC EE-TX-0269
Docket / Court 4:06-cv-01563 ( S.D. Tex. )
State/Territory Texas
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
In May 2006, the EEOC's Houston office filed this suit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas against Petrofac Services, Inc., alleging it had violated the Equal Pay Act by purposely compensating a female employee less than her male counterparts who held similar positions ... read more >
In May 2006, the EEOC's Houston office filed this suit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas against Petrofac Services, Inc., alleging it had violated the Equal Pay Act by purposely compensating a female employee less than her male counterparts who held similar positions performing substantially the same work. The charging party, a female, received $50,000 a year in compensation for the position of Buyer. The defendant then hired a male Buyer at $60,000 a year and then another male Buyer at $65,000 a year. The case proceeded until the parties proposed a consent decree in February 2007 that the court adopted that same month. The consent decree ordered the defendant to pay the charging party $15,000 in exchange for a waiver of her remaining potential claims. The decree also enjoined the defendant from discriminating or retaliating in the future and required it to institute training sessions for its employees on the topic of the illegality of the Equal Pay Act and required it to maintain records of future complainants and submit them to the EEOC.

Tony Friedman - 09/01/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Content of Injunction
Comply with advertising/recruiting requirements
Discrimination Prohibition
Expungement of Employment Record
Neutral/Positive Reference
Other requirements regarding hiring, promotion, retention
Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law
Provide antidiscrimination training
Recordkeeping
Reporting
Retaliation Prohibition
Discrimination-area
Pay / Benefits
Discrimination-basis
Sex discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
General
Disparate Treatment
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Causes of Action Equal Pay Act, 29 U.S.C. ยง 206(d)
Defendant(s) Petrofac Services, 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 2007 - 2010
Case Closing Year 2007
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)
4:06-cv-01563 (S.D. Tex.) 02/20/2007
EE-TX-0269-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Original Complaint of the US EEOC 05/08/2006
EE-TX-0269-0001.pdf | Detail
Consent Decree 02/20/2007
EE-TX-0269-0002.pdf | Detail
Judges Stacy, Frances H. (S.D. Tex.) [Magistrate]
EE-TX-0269-9000
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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