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Case Name EEOC v. HOOTERS ARLINGTON VENTURE I EE-TX-0163
Docket / Court 3:01-cv-00619 ( N.D. Tex. )
State/Territory Texas
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
The Dallas District Office of the EEOC brought this action in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas, against Hooters Arlington Venture I, better known as Hooters Restaurant. The complaint, filed in March 2001, alleged sex discrimination in violation of Title VII of the Civil ... read more >
The Dallas District Office of the EEOC brought this action in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas, against Hooters Arlington Venture I, better known as Hooters Restaurant. The complaint, filed in March 2001, alleged sex discrimination in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; specifically that Defendant subjected the charging parties to a sexually hostile work environment, constructive discharge and retaliation because of their sex, female. Defendant moved for summary judgment in October 2002 but the motion was denied in August 2003.

The parties entered into a consent decree in October 2003. The decree, valid for two years, required Defendant to pay the four charging parties a total of $55,000 (individual amounts were not specified in the decree), expunge their employment records and provide them with a neutral employment reference if they wished. Defendant was enjoined from discriminating or retaliating in violation of Title VII and required to provide Title VII training to its employees, and post and distribute a notice of non-discrimination at its facility.

Elizabeth Glassman - 07/19/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Content of Injunction
Discrimination Prohibition
Expungement of Employment Record
Implement complaint/dispute resolution process
Neutral/Positive Reference
Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law
Provide antidiscrimination training
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) Hooters Arlington Venture I
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 - 2005
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)
3:01-cv-00619 (N.D. Tex.) 10/06/2003
EE-TX-0163-9000.pdf | Detail
General Documents
Complaint 03/30/2001
EE-TX-0163-0015.pdf | Detail
Original Complaint in Intervention and Jury Demand 06/20/2001
EE-TX-0163-0016.pdf | Detail
Memorandum Opinion and Order 10/16/2001 (2001 WL 1338368) (N.D. Tex.)
EE-TX-0163-0017.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Consent Decree 09/23/2003
EE-TX-0163-0014.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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