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Case Name EEOC v. CRAFTEX WHOLESALE & DISTRIBUTORS INC and ASHCROFT LEASING LLC EE-TX-0089
Docket / Court 4:02-cv-03021 ( S.D. Tex. )
State/Territory Texas
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
The EEOC's Houston office filed this suit on August 12, 2002 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas, Houston Division. The EEOC claimed Craftex Wholesale and Distributors, Inc. and Ashcroft Leasing, Inc. sexually harassed multiple male employees by subjecting them to lewd ... read more >
The EEOC's Houston office filed this suit on August 12, 2002 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas, Houston Division. The EEOC claimed Craftex Wholesale and Distributors, Inc. and Ashcroft Leasing, Inc. sexually harassed multiple male employees by subjecting them to lewd acts. The EEOC alleged these acts created a hostile work environment in violation of Title VII and represented a pattern and practice of discriminatory behavior. After the defendant answered and the parties participated in a scheduling conference, the case progressed for over a year. Then, on February 23, 2004, the court ordered a conditional dismissal due to a settlement announcement. On May 20, 2004 a consent decree was submitted, approved, and entered.

In the consent decree, the defendant agreed to pay $190,000. The EEOC was to determine which employees were eligible to receive payment. Further, the defendant was to set up a special account in which to hold the settlement money, with interest being dispersed to the complainants. The defendant also agreed to institute a sexual harassment policy, create a complaint procedure, provide training for employees, report to the EEOC, and submit to four inspections per year by the EEOC.

Jason Chester - 08/01/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Male
Content of Injunction
Develop anti-discrimination policy
Discrimination Prohibition
Expungement of Employment Record
Implement complaint/dispute resolution process
Monitoring
Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law
Provide antidiscrimination training
Recordkeeping
Reporting
Retaliation Prohibition
Discrimination-area
Harassment / Hostile Work Environment
Discrimination-basis
Sex discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
General
Disparate Treatment
Pattern or Practice
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
Defendant(s) Ashcroft Leasing LLC
Craftex Wholesale and Distributors, 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 - 2009
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)
4:02-cv-03021 (S.D. Tex.) 05/20/2004
EE-TX-0089-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Consent Decree 05/20/2004
EE-TX-0089-0001 PDF | Detail
EEOC Litigation Settlement Report (June 2004) 06/30/2004
EE-TX-0089-0002 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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