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Case Name EEOC v. CHELSEA NORTH WALK APARTMENTS, REN-AL RENTS, INC. EE-TX-0073
Docket / Court H-97-3261 ( S.D. Tex. )
State/Territory Texas
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
The Houston office of the EEOC brought this suit against Chelsea North Walk Apartments and related apartment management companies in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas in September 1997. While we do not have a copy of the complaint, it seems to have alleged discrimination ... read more >
The Houston office of the EEOC brought this suit against Chelsea North Walk Apartments and related apartment management companies in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas in September 1997. While we do not have a copy of the complaint, it seems to have alleged discrimination in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. More specifically, the complaint alleged the defendants allowed three female employees to be sexually harassed. The three employees were allowed to intervene in the suit. The defendant filed a motion for summary judgment which was not ruled upon as the parties entered a consent decree in August 1999.

The Consent Decree included non-discrimination and non-retaliation clauses, required the defendant to develop an anti-discrimination policy and required the defendant to post and distribute copies of the policy. The defendant also agreed to provide EEO training to all of its employees at its Chelsea Walk or any other Ren-Al Rents, Inc.'s apartment complexes and required the defendant to permit an EEOC representative to do an annual monitoring inspection on the premises. The injunctive parts of the decree had a three year duration. In the event of non-compliance, the decree called for court enforcement. The defendant agreed to provide a neutral reference to any potential employers of the three complainants and agreed to pay the complainants a total of $10,000.

Justin Kanter - 08/11/2008


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Content of Injunction
Develop anti-discrimination policy
Discrimination Prohibition
Implement complaint/dispute resolution process
Monitoring
Neutral/Positive Reference
Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law
Provide antidiscrimination training
Recordkeeping
Reporting
Retaliation Prohibition
Discrimination-area
Harassment / Hostile Work Environment
Discrimination-basis
Sex discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
Private Party intervened in EEOC suit
General
Disparate Treatment
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
Defendant(s) Bayou Apartments
Chelsea North Walk Apartments
Jarga Management
L.A. Investment Properties, Inc.
Point Moritz N. Apts.
Ren-A1 Rents Inc
Valla Real Estate III 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 1999 - 2002
Case Closing Year 1999
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)
4:97-cv-03261 (S.D. Tex.) 11/10/1999
EE-TX-0073-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Conditional Order of Dismissal 06/30/1999 (S.D. Tex.)
EE-TX-0073-0001 PDF | Detail
Consent Decree 08/04/1999
EE-TX-0073-0002 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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