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Case Name EEOC v. Harlingen Family Dentistry EE-TX-0169
Docket / Court 1:02-cv-00163 ( S.D. Tex. )
State/Territory Texas
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
In August 2002, the San Antonio District Office of the EEOC brought this suit against defendant Harlingen Family Dentistry, P.C. in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas. The complaint alleged that defendant employer subjected the three charging parties to adverse employment ... read more >
In August 2002, the San Antonio District Office of the EEOC brought this suit against defendant Harlingen Family Dentistry, P.C. in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas. The complaint alleged that defendant employer subjected the three charging parties to adverse employment actions including discharge because the parties objected to or refused to attend mandatory courses on Scientology. The EEOC alleged religious discrimination in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The case was settled in October 2003 by the entry of a consent decree.

The consent decree required the defendant to pay $42,500 to two charging parties, have all managerial and supervisory employees attend an EEO training session, refrain from discriminating or retaliating, and create or modify and implement a written anti-discrimination policy.

Jennifer Solomon - 09/27/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Content of Injunction
Develop anti-discrimination policy
Discrimination Prohibition
Monitoring
Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law
Provide antidiscrimination training
Reporting
Retaliation Prohibition
Discrimination-area
Discharge / Constructive Discharge / Layoff
Discrimination-basis
Religion 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. ยง 2000e
Defendant(s) Harlingen Family Dentistry, P.C.
Harlingen Family Dentistry, P.C.
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)
1:02-cv-00163 (S.D. Tex.) 10/06/2003
EE-TX-0169-9000 PDF | Detail
General Documents
Complaint 08/26/2002
EE-TX-0169-0001 PDF | Detail
Consent Decree 10/02/2003
EE-TX-0169-0003 PDF | Detail
Document Source: District Court
Joint Motion to Enter Consent Decree 10/02/2003
EE-TX-0169-0004 PDF | Detail
Document Source: District Court
Final Judgment Order Entering Consent Decree 10/06/2003
EE-TX-0169-0002 PDF | Detail
Document Source: District Court
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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