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Case Name EEOC v. HELMERICH & PAYNE INTERNATIONAL DRILLING COMPANY EE-MS-0025
Docket / Court 3:05-cv-00691-DPJ-JCS ( S.D. Miss. )
State/Territory Mississippi
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
The Birmingham office of the EEOC brought suit against Helmerich & Payne International Drilling Company in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi in November 2005. The complaint alleged discrimination based on race in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. ... read more >
The Birmingham office of the EEOC brought suit against Helmerich & Payne International Drilling Company in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi in November 2005. The complaint alleged discrimination based on race in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. More specifically, the defendant allegedly subjected African American employees to a racially hostile work environment which was so severe as to affect the terms, conditions, and privileges of employment. A discovery dispute arose in the case upon the EEOC filing a Motion for Protective Order; the motion was ultimately granted in part and denied in part. EEOC v. Helmerich & Payne International Drilling Company, No. CV 05-691 (S.D. Miss. Mar. 20, 2007). After two settlement conferences, the parties settled the case in October 2007, by entry of a consent decree. A private attorney filed a Notice of Attorney's Lien in this cause in September 2007, alleging that he was entitled to a contingency fee based upon amounts paid in settlement to two of the complainants. As of April 22, 2008, the dispute over the lien was ongoing.

The decree included non-discrimination and non-retaliation clauses, required the development of an anti-discrimination policy and required the defendant to post and distribute the policy. The decree also required the defendant to train all of its managers, superintendants, toolpushers, drillers, crane operators and human resource personnel with direct responsibility for its offshore platform rigs in the Gulf of Mexico on race, discrimination, harassment and retaliation annually. The decree also called for the implementation of a complaint resolution process in which an aggrieved employee could notify the Director of Human Resources if a supervisor does not address a complaint of racial harassment. The defendant was also required to submit biannual narrative summaries of each complaint of racial harassment made by aggrieved employees with the Director of Human Resources along with a statement regarding the resolution of each such complaint. The EEOC also maintained the ability to enter and inspect the defendant's offshore platform rigs in the Gulf of Mexico. The injunctive parts of the decree had a two year term. If the EEOC found non-compliance, the decree allowed for court enforcement. In addition, the defendant agreed to pay $290,000 to be distributed to seven individual employees.

Justin Kanter - 05/29/2008


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Content of Injunction
Develop anti-discrimination policy
Discrimination Prohibition
Implement complaint/dispute resolution process
Monitoring
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
Race discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
General
Disparate Treatment
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Race
Black
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
Defendant(s) Helmerich & Payne International Drilling Co.
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)
3:05-cv-00691-DPJ-JCS (S.D. Miss.) 04/11/2008
EE-MS-0025-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 11/17/2005
EE-MS-0025-0001.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order 03/20/2007 (S.D. Miss.)
EE-MS-0025-0002.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Consent Decree 10/09/2007
EE-MS-0025-0003.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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