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Case Name EEOC v. JEA Senior Living d/b/a "Pinehurst Alzheimer's Special Care Center" EE-TX-0273
Docket / Court 6:05-cv-00162-MHS ( E.D. Tex. )
State/Territory Texas
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
In May 2005, the Dallas District Office of the EEOC brought this lawsuit against JEA Senior Living, doing business as Pinehurst Alzheimer's Special Care Center, in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, alleging discrimination on the basis of race, black, in violation of Title ... read more >
In May 2005, the Dallas District Office of the EEOC brought this lawsuit against JEA Senior Living, doing business as Pinehurst Alzheimer's Special Care Center, in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, alleging discrimination on the basis of race, black, in violation of Title VIII of the Civirl Rights Act of 1964. Specifically, the complaint alleged that the defendant subjected the fourteen charging parties, female employees, by creating a hostile work environment based upon their race leading to either actual or constructive termination, and in one case retaliation when one claimant complained to her supervisors. The complainants intervened in the lawsuit in August 2005. Following some discovery, the parties settled the lawsuit in December 2005 through a consent decree.

The two-year degree, containing promises not to discriminate, and requires the defendant to: provide a neutral reference for complainants, provide annual training for all Texas facility employees for two years, post notice of employee rights, advise supervisors of their duty to monitor the work areas and report harassment incidents, report any discrimination-related complaints to the EEOC, along with the actions taken, and pay $170,000 to be distributed among 14 individuals.

Daisy Manning - 10/15/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Content of Injunction
Discrimination Prohibition
Neutral/Positive Reference
Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law
Provide antidiscrimination training
Reporting
Discrimination-area
Discharge / Constructive Discharge / Layoff
Harassment / Hostile Work Environment
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 42 U.S.C. § 1981
Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. § 2000e
Defendant(s) Jerry Erwin Associates (JEA) Senior Living
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 2005 - 2007
Case Closing Year 2005
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)
6:05-cv-00162-MHS (E.D. Tex.) 12/16/2005
EE-TX-0273-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 05/10/2005
EE-TX-0273-0001 PDF | Detail
Plaintiffs' (Intervenors') Original Complaint 08/24/2005
EE-TX-0273-0002 PDF | Detail
[Intervenors'] Amended Complaint 11/15/2005
EE-TX-0273-0003 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
First Amended Complaint 11/15/2005
EE-TX-0273-0004 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Consent Decree 12/14/2005
EE-TX-0273-0005 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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