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Case Name EEOC v. STOCKS INC dba CAFE ITALIA EE-TX-0336
Docket / Court 3:04-CV-02109 ( N.D. Tex. )
State/Territory Texas
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
In September 2004, the Dallas District Office of the EEOC brought this suit against Stocks, Inc., d/b/a CafÈ Italia, in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas alleging violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Specifically, the defendant subjected the charging ... read more >
In September 2004, the Dallas District Office of the EEOC brought this suit against Stocks, Inc., d/b/a CafÈ Italia, in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas alleging violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Specifically, the defendant subjected the charging party, a female employee, to a sexually hostile work environment by making sexually explicit comments to her and offensively touching her. In addition, the defendant retaliated against the charging party by reducing her hours and later terminating her.

After an unsuccessful settlement conference in August 2005, a jury trial was held in April 2006 with the jury rendering a verdict against the defendant who was required to pay $10,000 to the charging party. After several unsuccessful post-judgment motions, the case was appealed in August 2006, and the appeal was dismissed in January 2007.

Michele Marxkors - 05/31/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Discrimination-area
Discharge / Constructive Discharge / Layoff
Harassment / Hostile Work Environment
Other Conditions of Employment (including assignment, transfer, hours, working conditions, etc)
Discrimination-basis
Sex discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
General
Disparate Treatment
Retaliation
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. § 2000e
Defendant(s) Stocks, 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
Source of Relief Litigation
Form of Settlement None on record
Order Duration not on record
Case Closing Year 2006
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)
3:04-cv-02109 (N.D. Tex.) 02/09/2007
EE-TX-0336-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 09/29/2004
EE-TX-0336-0001.pdf | Detail
Order 03/02/2006 (N.D. Tex.)
EE-TX-0336-0005.pdf | Detail
Final Judgment 04/26/2006 (N.D. Tex.)
EE-TX-0336-0012.pdf | Detail
Order on Post-Judgment Motions 06/12/2006 (N.D. Tex.)
EE-TX-0336-0018.pdf | Detail
Entry of Dismissal 02/06/2007
EE-TX-0336-0020.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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