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Case Name EEOC v. Lowe's Home Centers, Inc. EE-TX-0210
Docket / Court 9:06-cv-00056-RHC ( E.D. Tex. )
State/Territory Texas
Case Type(s) Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
In February 2006, the EEOC's Houston office filed this suit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas against Lowe's Home Centers, Inc., alleging that practices occurring in one particular store that kept female hourly employee's wages artificially suppressed, when compared with ... read more >
In February 2006, the EEOC's Houston office filed this suit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas against Lowe's Home Centers, Inc., alleging that practices occurring in one particular store that kept female hourly employee's wages artificially suppressed, when compared with male hourly employee's, was a violation of the Equal Pay Act of 1963 and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The EEOC had evidence that showed that even when a complainant was promoted, her pay still lagged behind even that of her male subordinates. The EEOC moved for summary judgment in November 2006, but was denied in December 2006. Subsequently, the parties proposed a consent decree that the court adopted in February 2007. The decree awarded $43,000 to at least two complainants as well as mandating several reforms to the defendant's hiring, promotion and record-keeping standards at its offending store.

Tony Friedman - 08/14/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Content of Injunction
Discrimination Prohibition
Implement complaint/dispute resolution process
Monitoring
Provide antidiscrimination training
Recordkeeping
Reporting
Retaliation Prohibition
Discrimination-area
Pay / Benefits
Discrimination-basis
Disability (inc. reasonable accommodations)
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. § 2000e
Equal Pay Act, 29 U.S.C. § 206(d)
Defendant(s) Lowe's Home Centers, 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 2007 - 2009
Case Closing Year 2007
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)
9:06-cv-00056-RHC (E.D. Tex.) 02/26/2007
EE-TX-0210-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 02/28/2006
EE-TX-0210-0004 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Plaintiff's Amended Complaint 08/22/2006
EE-TX-0210-0001 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order Denying Plaintiff's Motion for Partial Summary Judgment 12/20/2006 (E.D. Tex.)
EE-TX-0210-0002 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Consent Decree 02/26/2007
EE-TX-0210-0003 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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