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Case Name EEOC v. I-20 ANIMAL MEDICAL CENTER EE-TX-0171
Docket / Court 3:98-CV-2316-X ( N.D. Tex. )
State/Territory Texas
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
EEOC's Dallas, Texas office brought suit against the defendant, I-20 Animal Medical Center PC in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas on 09/30/1998. The EEOC alleged on behalf of a class of complainants that I-20 subjected employees affiliated with a different ... read more >
EEOC's Dallas, Texas office brought suit against the defendant, I-20 Animal Medical Center PC in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas on 09/30/1998. The EEOC alleged on behalf of a class of complainants that I-20 subjected employees affiliated with a different religion to disparate terms and conditions. It was claimed that I-20 required employees to engage in certain religious activities in order to get promotion or keep other employment benefits. It was alleged that I-20 failed to reasonably accommodate the complainants' religious beliefs. It was further alleged that I-20 retaliated against employees who refused to participate in the religious activities, including relegating them to lesser tasks, termination and/or constructive discharge.

The complainants did not intervene in the suit. The parties settled four days before the scheduled jury trial date and a three-year consent decree resolved the suit.

The consent decree provided $150,000 in lump sum to the class of complainants without specifying the amount for each individual. I-20 would expunge the record of this litigation from the individuals' personnel files. Under the decree, I-20 was enjoined from discriminating and retaliating against employees based on religion. It was also required to provide Title VII training to all employees and post its EEO policy for an indefinite period of time.

Justin Kanter - 06/09/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Content of Injunction
Discrimination Prohibition
Expungement of Employment Record
Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law
Provide antidiscrimination training
Reporting
Retaliation Prohibition
Discrimination-area
Accommodation / Leave
Demotion
Discharge / Constructive Discharge / Layoff
Hiring
Promotion
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) I-20 Animal Medical Center PC
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)
3:98-cv-02136 (N.D. Tex.) 07/05/2006
EE-TX-0171-9000 PDF | Detail
General Documents
Consent Decree 12/02/1999
EE-TX-0171-0001 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Kendall, Joe Court not on record
EE-TX-0171-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Bannon, Jeffrey C. (District of Columbia)
EE-TX-0171-9000
Canino, Robert Anthony (Texas)
EE-TX-0171-0001 | EE-TX-0171-9000
Chesnin, Sidney B. (Texas)
EE-TX-0171-9000
Dubey, Devika S. (Texas)
EE-TX-0171-9000
Maiben, Evelyn R. (Texas)
EE-TX-0171-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Robinson, Spencer F. (Arkansas)
EE-TX-0171-0001 | EE-TX-0171-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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