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Case Name EEOC v. ALLIED VISTA INC (d/b/a VISTA FIBERS) EE-TX-0399
Docket / Court 4:01-cv-03324 ( S.D. Tex. )
State/Territory Texas
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
EEOC's Houston, TX office filed this Title VII sexual harassment lawsuit against the defendant, Allied Vista Inc. d/b/a Vista Fibers in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas (Houston) on 09/28/2001. EEOC alleged that two former female employees at defendant's Houston ... read more >
EEOC's Houston, TX office filed this Title VII sexual harassment lawsuit against the defendant, Allied Vista Inc. d/b/a Vista Fibers in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas (Houston) on 09/28/2001. EEOC alleged that two former female employees at defendant's Houston facility were subject to sexual harassment and were discharged in retaliation for opposition. The individual complainants did not intervene in the lawsuit or file a separate lawsuit.

The parties settled in private and filed a joint motion to enter a consent decree. The district court entered a consent decree on 02/19/2003.

Under the three-year consent decree, the defendant agreed to pay one complainant $18,000 and the other $5,000. The defendant was required to provide neutral references for both individuals and keep the record of their involvement in the lawsuit confidential. Additionally, the defendant agreed to stop adopting different break rules for male and female employees and maintain its policies on sexual harassment. The defendant would also provide training to all managers at its Houston facility, post notice of nondiscrimination at the facility and name a company representative as liaison with the EEOC.

Justin Kanter - 07/06/2007


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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
Neutral/Positive Reference
Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law
Provide antidiscrimination training
Reporting
Retaliation Prohibition
Discrimination-area
Discharge / Constructive Discharge / Layoff
Harassment / Hostile Work Environment
Other Conditions of Employment (including assignment, transfer, hours, working conditions, etc)
Discrimination-basis
Sex discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
General
Disparate Treatment
Retaliation
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
Defendant(s) Allied Vista 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 2003 - 2006
Case Closing Year 2003
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)
4:01-cv-03324 (S.D. Tex.) 02/19/2003
EE-TX-0399-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Consent Decree 02/19/2003
EE-TX-0399-0001 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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