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Case Name EEOC v. THE LIGHTHOUSE SUPPER CLUB, INC. EE-TX-0363
Docket / Court 3:03-cv-02229 ( N.D. Tex. )
State/Territory Texas
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
IWPR/Wage Project Consent Decree Study
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
The Dallas District Office of the EEOC filed this suit against Block's Lighthouse Supper Club, Inc. (and related businesses) in September 2003 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas. The complaint alleged that the defendant subjected female employees to a hostile work ... read more >
The Dallas District Office of the EEOC filed this suit against Block's Lighthouse Supper Club, Inc. (and related businesses) in September 2003 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas. The complaint alleged that the defendant subjected female employees to a hostile work environment in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Specifically, the defendant discriminated against female employees on the basis of sex by subjecting them to sexual harassment, including offensive comments and unwelcome touching, resulting in the termination of one of the charging parties. After the defendant's answer to the complaint and some scheduling orders, the parties settled the suit through a consent decree in July 2004.

The provisions of the two-year decree, which included non-discrimination and non-retaliation clauses, required the defendant to: report to the EEOC regarding any new restaurant ownership interest it acquired; post an EEOC-provided notice in each of its restaurants; provide Title VII training to all managers and supervisors; and pay $98,000 in damages, to be distributed among four individual employees.

Kevin Wilemon - 06/01/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Content of Injunction
Discrimination Prohibition
Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law
Provide antidiscrimination training
Reporting
Retaliation Prohibition
Discrimination-area
Discharge / Constructive Discharge / Layoff
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) Block's Lighthouse Supper Club, 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 2004 - 2006
Case Closing Year 2004
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)
3:03-cv-02229 (N.D. Tex.) 07/13/2004
EE-TX-0363-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 09/29/2003
EE-TX-0363-0001 PDF | Detail
Consent Decree 07/13/2004
EE-TX-0363-0003 PDF | Detail
EEOC Litigation Settlement Report 07/13/2004
EE-TX-0363-0004 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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