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Case Name EEOC v. W-INDUSTRIES LIMITED LP EE-TX-0401
Docket / Court 4:04-cv-03808 ( S.D. Tex. )
State/Territory Texas
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
The Houston District Office of the EEOC brought this suit against W-Industries Limited L.P., a Houston based company that manufactures safety shutoff systems for the energy industry, in September of 2004, in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas. The suit alleged sexual ... read more >
The Houston District Office of the EEOC brought this suit against W-Industries Limited L.P., a Houston based company that manufactures safety shutoff systems for the energy industry, in September of 2004, in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas. The suit alleged sexual discrimination and retaliation against a male employee. He was fired for hiring a lawyer and complaining of the sexual discrimination. The suit was resolved 4 months after being filed, by a consent decree entered on January 26, 2005.

The consent decree contained both monetary and injunctive relief. The monetary relief consisted of $116,490.22 to be paid to the complainant. His lawyers are to be paid $58,509.78, although he never intervened in the suit. The monetary damages are to be further separated for tax reasons, with $96,490.22 being for compensatory damages and the remaining $20,000 to be back pay. The injunctive relief starts with the defendant expunging the complainant's record and providing a neutral reference for future job inquiries. They are also to train each manager annually for three years on retaliation and Title VII rules, as well as post notice of the employee's rights in their office. In addition they must report their compliance and any complaints to the EEOC in 6, 18, and 36 months after the decree. The settlement term was 3 years. The docket sheet does not show any further enforcement; the case was presumably closed in 2008.

Alex Bean - 07/30/2007
- 06/12/2017


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Male
Content of Injunction
Develop anti-discrimination policy
Expungement of Employment Record
Neutral/Positive Reference
Post/Distribute Notice of Rights / EE Law
Provide antidiscrimination training
Reporting
Retaliation Prohibition
Discrimination-area
Demotion
Discharge / Constructive Discharge / Layoff
Harassment / Hostile Work Environment
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. ยง 2000e
Defendant(s) W-Industries Limited L.P.
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 2005 - 2008
Case Closing Year 2008
Case Ongoing No
Additional Resources
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  Megacases, Diversity, and the Elusive Goal of Workplace Reform
Date: Mar 1, 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)
4:04-cv-03808 (S.D. Tex.)
EE-TX-0401-9000.pdf | Detail
Date: 01/26/2005
General Documents
Complaint
EE-TX-0401-0001.pdf | Detail
Date: 09/30/2004
Consent Decree
EE-TX-0401-0002.pdf | Detail
Date: 01/26/2005
EEOC Litigation Settlement Report (January 2005)
EE-TX-0401-0003.pdf | Detail
Date: 01/31/2005

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