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Docket / Court 6:01-cv-01573-TLM-MEM ( W.D. La. )
State/Territory Louisiana
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
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This case was brought by the Houston and New Orleans offices of the EEOC in August 2001 in U.S. District Court, Western District of Louisiana. The complaint alleged that the defendant violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act by subjecting a female employee to sexual harassment and retaliation.

The case was consolidated with an action brought by the employee (case # 6:00-cv-02249). In January 2002, a settlement was reached in principle, and in September of 2002 a consent decree was entered. The defendant agreed to pay the plaintiff $47,500, to implement training in anti-discrimination law for its employees and contracted doctors, to post notice of discrimination policies and procedures, and to submit semi-annual reports to the EEOC documenting any complaints of harassment or retaliation.

Jason Chester - 08/19/2008

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Issues and Causes of Action
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Affected Gender
Discharge / Constructive Discharge / Layoff
Harassment / Hostile Work Environment
Other Conditions of Employment (including assignment, transfer, hours, working conditions, etc)
Sex discrimination
Direct Suit on Merits
Disparate Treatment
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
State law
Defendant(s) Southwest Louisiana Primary Health Care Center 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 Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree
Order Duration not on record
Case Closing Year 2002
Case Ongoing No
Case Listing EE-LA-0107 : Derousselle v. Southwest LA Primary, et al (W.D. La.)
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 ]

6:01-cv-01573-TLM-MEM (W.D. La.)
EE-LA-0076-9000.pdf | Detail
Date: 09/09/2002
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
EE-LA-0076-0003.pdf | Detail
Date: 08/16/2001
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order [To Consolidate] (W.D. La.)
EE-LA-0076-0005.pdf | Detail
Date: 10/12/2001
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Final Judgment of Dismissal with Prejudice (W.D. La.)
EE-LA-0076-0004.pdf | Detail
Date: 05/30/2002
Consent Decree
EE-LA-0076-0002.pdf | Detail
Date: 09/09/2002
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
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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