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Case Name EEOC v. SEARS LOGISTICS SERVICES EE-TX-0323
Docket / Court 3:01-cv-01588 ( N.D. Tex. )
State/Territory Texas
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
The EEOC's Dallas district office sued Sears Logistics Services, Inc. on August 15, 2001 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas. The EEOC's complaint alleged that the defendant violated Title VII when it discriminated based on sex(female) by creating a hostile work ... read more >
The EEOC's Dallas district office sued Sears Logistics Services, Inc. on August 15, 2001 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas. The EEOC's complaint alleged that the defendant violated Title VII when it discriminated based on sex(female) by creating a hostile work environment for the intervenors, who intervened in August 2001, and retaliated against one of the intervenors for her complaint by firing her. The parties entered into a consent decree on November 4, 2002, which stipulated that the defendant would pay the intervenors $98,000 in damages, costs and fees; provide the intervenors with neutral references; post and distribute a notice of compliance with Title VII; provide Title VII training to its managers and employees; provide for semiannual evaluations of supervisors and managers; and ensure appropriate disciplinary action is taken against discriminating employees.

Aaron Weismann - 07/23/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Content of Injunction
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
Discrimination-basis
Sex discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
Private Party intervened in EEOC suit
General
Disparate Treatment
Retaliation
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
Defendant(s) Sears Logistics 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 2002 - 2004
Case Closing Year 2002
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)
3:01-cv-01588 (N.D. Tex.) 07/07/2006
EE-TX-0323-9000 PDF | Detail
General Documents
Complaint 08/15/2001
EE-TX-0323-0001 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Plaintiffs' (Interveners') Original Complaint 08/23/2001
EE-TX-0323-0002 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order 03/12/2002 (N.D. Tex.)
EE-TX-0323-0006 PDF | Detail
Consent Decree 11/04/2002
EE-TX-0323-0005 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
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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