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Case Name EEOC v. WAL-MART STORES INC EE-TX-0402
Docket / Court 4:02-cv-02404 ( S.D. Tex. )
State/Territory Texas
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
The EEOC's Houston district office sued Wal Mart Stores, Inc. on June 28, 2002 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas. The EEOC's complaint alleged that the defendant violated Title VII when it discriminated based on race (African American) by failing to promote its African ... read more >
The EEOC's Houston district office sued Wal Mart Stores, Inc. on June 28, 2002 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas. The EEOC's complaint alleged that the defendant violated Title VII when it discriminated based on race (African American) by failing to promote its African American "unloaders" at a specific store and failing to pay them competitive wages. The parties entered into a consent decree on August 18, 2003, which stipulated that the defendant would pay the complainant $140,000 in damages, post a notice of compliance with Title VII, provide Title VII training to its managers, and equalize the wages of its African American "unloaders" to the wage rates of similarly situated employees.

Aaron Weismann - 06/22/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Content of Injunction
Discrimination Prohibition
Expungement of Employment Record
Neutral/Positive Reference
Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law
Provide antidiscrimination training
Reporting
Retaliation Prohibition
Discrimination-area
Pay / Benefits
Promotion
Discrimination-basis
Race discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
Private Party intervened in EEOC suit
General
Disparate Treatment
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Private Plaintiff
Race
Black
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. § 2000e
42 U.S.C. § 1981
Defendant(s) Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
Wal-Mart Stores, 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 2003 - 2004
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)
4:02-cv-02404 (S.D. Tex.) 04/13/2004
EE-TX-0402-9000.pdf | Detail
General Documents
Consent Decree and Order 08/18/2003
EE-TX-0402-0001.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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